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Tionally Florence was well versed in all the art forms of the day and at 91 can still uote the masters of her youth Also she was accomplished in tennis and horseback riding which were not viewed as feminine pastimes 80 years ago Florence looking back says that after marriage she lead an ordinary life in the Connecticut suburbs Reading about young Florence her life and relationships seems anything but normal She might not have accomplished all she set out at 14 but she seems to have lived a full life As she and Lily
both say the diary is her gift The one drawback I have noticed say
THE DIARY IS HER GIFT THE ONE DRAWBACK I diary is her gift The one drawback I noticed other reviews is that the prose jumps from Lily s voice to Florence s I don t find that to be choppy after all this is a diary If anything Lily s commentary eeps us rooted in the present in an otherwise window to the past I would recommend this book It offers us a glimpse into 1930s America Usually this era is viewed as the gloomy depression We are not given snapshots of people who managed to achieve despite the bleakness of the decade Red Leather Diary manages to do that by giving us a life just beginning with little mention of the despair that
most have heard about many times Thank you Florence for sharing your diary and Lily have heard about many times Thank you Florence for sharing your diary and Lily putting it in book form A light and charming read I rate this memoir 35 stars Poorly written at times the narrative changed tense and narrator and it wasn t clear why and frustrating I would have wanted to read the diary not a fictionalized version of the diary Subtitled Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost JournalLily Koppel was a young age 22 writer working at the New York Times when she stumbled upon a dumpster filled with old steamer trunks Her curiosity piued she started scavenging and among the vintage clothing handbags and general miscellanea she came across an old red leather diary its cover cracked and peeling It had originally been given to Florence Wolfson for her 14th birthday Aug 11 1929 and Florence dutifully wrote in it every day for the five years allowed on its pages The diary gave an intimate look at the life of a relatively privileged young lady in New York from 1919 to 1934 Florence attended the theater opera music concerts had crushes and love affairs read voraciously studied hard and was a een observer of what was going on around her But the diary did than offer a fascinating glimpse into the pastAs Lily read the young Florence s record of her hopes dreams experiences heartbreaks and triumphs she discovered something about herself The diary had come to Koppel at a time when she like the teenaged Florence was searching for her purpose in life wondering if she was on the right path at once eager and frightened to experience new things And then Koppel went searching for Florence and found her I was mesmerized from beginning to end I really enjoyed reading this book This is the true story of the discovery of a long forgotten diary The diary of Florence Wolfson lay undiscovered for over half a century until the author Lily Koppel finds it in a dumpster Koppel is a writer for the New York Times and was naturally curious about the content of the diary She searched for the diary s author and 90 year old Florence told her all about her life in 1920s and 1930s New York Florence as a teenager had been full of energy and had a zest for life and the arts Her story is an amazing one Lily Koppel brings the pages of the diary to life brilliantly. K to the girl she once was rediscovering a lost self that burned with artistic fervorJoining 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 drea.
Lily Koppel ´ 8 Free downloadAt the end of chapter 13So far this book is an inspiration of living life to its fullest Not because this teenager is necessarily wonderful than any other human being whose footsteps have fallen on this earth but because you can read it and
Look At It From Afar And Touch Its Edges Ofat it from afar and touch its edges of lived as if it s in a snow globe or behind a fog of time You read and you now that there is a 90 year old woman sitting beside you fingers outstretched touching the same edge as you are stirring her own past inside herself She says she lives fully and passionately at 90 because of this reflection of self of the past the present and the future swimming together holding hands hearts beating in unison 90 year old Florence will tell you that there is no separate Me Yesterday Me Today Me Tomorrow There is only METhe comments I wrote in the Chicks on Lit book club discussion after finishing the book in its entiretyAs I come away from the book with some time to reflect I find I have some overwhelming thoughts Everything we read affects us differently depending on where we are in our lives I am in a transition Mourning the loss of a future I ll never have swimming upstream through the nagging desire to make my future my own and finally being immobilized by the realization that decisions are terribly difficult with no black or white answers Florence of course affected me becuase she was in a transition too what teenager isn t I don t think she would have married if she weren t pressured to do so though I believe that she did love Nat Oh what is love anyway Now that s a topic for another thread Flo wouldn t have done a damn
thing to change her life if it weren t by force the force of her parents the force ofto change her life if it weren t by force the force of her parents the force of war the force of simple adulthood And as she looked back a 90 year old woman reflecting upon her youth she oozed a sense of loss with her words She said I m paraphrasing Yes I had a good life but never the life I d imagined At the end I found myself uestioning whether it s ok to live a life never imagined Can we feel satisfied looking back from 90 years old if our lives veered left right over under I think not If we want satisfaction we must embrace the unexpected lay aside all plans and swing as freely on our tethers as the wind allows only then may our aged selves sink into peace I look to Lily Koppel as well The image of her standing in a pink flapper dress the fusion of teenage Flo crone Flo and Lily herself beating as one heart inside one body Lily is us She is all of us A woman affected by an anonymous life scribbled on diary pages A woman in the midst of her own soul s path to peace Is she sitting at her desk as I am staring up at ceiling tiles Are you And you and you Are we women as one marching towards our future in the shadow of the adult Florence aching to make our lives our own I hope so I hope we are moving forward by inch and mile hand in hand together ready to take what comes I hope for myself that the day when I come into my crone self I can look back and say Yes I had a good life but never the life I d imagined And I loved every breath Here s the most interesting part of this bookLily Koppel was a gossip columnist for the New York Times when she found the red leather diary in a dumpster outside her building She decided to track down the owner who miraculously was 90 years old and still aliveHere s the rest of the bookThe owner of the diary Florence Wolfson grew up amon. “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” ParadeRescued from a Dumpster on the Upper West Side of Manhattan a discarded diary brings to life the glamorous forgotten world of an extraordinary young womanOpening .
G the Manhattan elite in the 20s and 30s For Florence life was all about art plays music literature and sexual experimentation with both men and women She was self centered moody and melodramatic Florence grew up with virtually no parental guidance and no religious or moral convictionIt showedI thought in the intervening 70 years that maybe Florence would have learned what life is really about Instead when the diary was brought to her she said she felt that rest of her life she had not been true to the real person she was the person from the diary A rare book that can be
Read Over Again A Found again A found reveals a fascinating world infused with love and literature A young journalist tracks down the woman whose 1930s world was hidden locked away in a trunk for almost 75 years and then is brought to light Crystal clear prose shimmer in this debut biographymemoir by Lily Koppel At first I thought it was the fact that I couldn t relate to Florence s life growing up that caused me to not like the book It s not t I love that this journal was found in a dumpsteralmost gone forever but found And that Lily Koppel found the owner of the diary and returned it to herI was intrigued by all the treasures that were found in the steamer trunks and this journal added a voice to the other treasuresI loved the photos that were included in the book and all the historical information on ManhattanHow wonderful for Florence who had such a passion for literature in her schoolcollege years to now have a story of her own her story almost forgotten and never toldAlthough I think I may have enjoyed it if told by her in her own wordsIt wasnt an Oh My God I cant put it down ind of book for me hence the 3 stars not 4 or 5But I did enjoy the peek into a privileged teen girl s life in Manhattan in the late 20 searly 30 s and the fact that this journal was reunited with its owner after so many yearsI enjoyed meeting Lily Koppel about 2 weeks ago and hearing the story of how she came to find the journal and eventually Florence I enjoyed this book That being said it was not great by any stretch It was almost as if the author just described and described things but nothing ever actually happened And the things that did happen weren t really stories just descriptions The concept was very neat although I wish that images from the diary had been used ie her hand written wordsstory The format is where the author Lily Koppel would give an excerpt from the diary and then follow it with a long description that sometimes wasn t that interesting Maybe it is just a hard thing to do to make someone s un connected thoughts and musings into a whole book I think it would have been better in first person also Now I sound like I didn t like it but I did Just my observations Lily Koppel then 22 has just moved to New York to work for the Times The superintendent of her brownstone has decided once and for all to move years of forgotten items to the dumpster Of these items is a red leather diary inside of a trunk that Lily rescues The diary s author is a nonagenarian named Florence Howitt nee Wolfson I find the 14 19 year old Florence to be a sophisticated woman for her time Not only did she receive a bachelors from Hunter College and a masters from Barnard during the depression she also became a successful artist and writer Most women of the age if they attended college at all were happy to receive their Mrs degree Addi. He 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 bac.