Friday, April 17, 2009

The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel

In 2003, author Lily Koppel found a crumbling red leather diary in a dumpster in New York City. The diary had been written by a teenage girl between the years of 1929 and 1934. Between the pages of the diary, young Florence Wolfson described her hopes, dreams, fears and ambitions. Reading the journal brings NYC in the 1930s to vivid life for Lily. Eventually, Lily decides to try to find Florence and return the diary to her. The result of their meeting is this book, which is a clever compilation of excerpts from the diary and narrative culled from Lily’s meetings with Florence. The Red Leather Diary presents a fascinating look at NY in the 1930s through the eyes of an impressive and eloquent young woman. Be sure to read the Forward, by Florence Wolfson herself, which reveals Florence’s perspective on being reunited with her diary and her lively past.

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