The Red Leather Diary

The Red Leather Diary

Reclaiming A Life Through the Pages of A Lost Journal

Book - 2008
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"A world straight from the pages of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. . . . An extraordinary story about coming of age, following your dreams and discovering (or rediscovering) who you are, were and want to be." -- Parade

Rescued from a Dumpster on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a discarded diary brings to life the glamorous, forgotten world of an extraordinary young woman

Opening the tarnished brass lock of a red leather diary found in the basement of a New York City apartment building, New York Times writer Lily Koppel embarked on a journey into the past. Compelled by the hopes and heartaches captured in the pages, Koppel set out to find the diary's owner, a 90-year old woman named Florence. Eventually reunited with her diary, Florence ventured back to the girl she once was, rediscovering a lost self that burned with artistic fervor.

Joining intimate interviews with original diary entries, The Red Leather Diary is an evocative and entrancing work that recreates the romance and glitter, sophistication and promise, of 1930s New York, bringing to life the true story of a precocious young woman who dared to follow her dreams.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061256776
Branch Call Number: Biography B How


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Nov 30, 2019

Not a pleasant read, offensive in places, thought it would be focused more on the diary.

Aug 05, 2013

Florence was a smart, privileged Manhattan teenager when she started her diary in 1929. For five years, she wrote of her daily life, and her thoughts and dreams. Decades later, Lily Koppel, a journalist with the NY Times found the diary in a dumpster at the side of the road where a brownstone was being renovated and the story of how this novel come to be began. After much searching she finally finds Florence who is now 92 and living in Florida.

The story was definitely an eye opener as to the life and freedom that the affluent teenager had in those days. Her life was certainly more exciting and adventurous than teenagers of today.

Although it has gotten mixed reviews, I certainly enjoyed it and wld give it a 4 out of 5


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