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I really enjoyed reading this book This is the true story of the discovery of a long forgotten diary The diary of the discovery of a LONG FORGOTTEN DIARY THE DIARY OF forgotten diary The diary of 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 finds it in a dumpster Koppel is a writer for the New York Times and was naturally curious about the of the diary She searched for the diary s author and 90 ear 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 A rare book that can be read over again A found diary reveals a fascinating world infused with art love and literature A The Defense (Eddie Flynn young journalist tracks down the woman whose 1930s world was hidden locked away in a trunk for almost 75ears and then is brought to light Crystal clear prose shimmer in this debut biographymemoir by Lily Koppel 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 Subtitled Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost JournalLily Koppel was a Hai nhà 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 fiveears allowed on its pages The diary gave an intimate look at the life of a relatively privileged oung 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 keen observer of what was going on around her But the diary did than offer a fasci. “A world straight from the pages of an F Scott Fitzgerald novel An extraordinary story about coming of age following our dreams and discovering or rediscovering who Falling Through Clouds 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 extraordinaryoung womanOpening .

Nating glimpse into the pastAs Lily read the oung Florence s record of her hopes dreams experiences heartbreaks and triumphs she discovered something about her hopes dreams experiences heartbreaks and triumphs she discovered something about 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 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 dumpster outside her building She decided to down the owner who miraculously was 90 ears old and still aliveHere s the rest of the bookThe owner of the diary Florence Wolfson grew up among 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 ears that maybe Florence would have learned What Life Is Really life is really 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 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 ears 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 kind 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 A Menagerie of Heroes yearsI enjoyed meeting Lily Koppel about 2 weeks ago and hearing the story of how she came to find the journal and eventually Florence 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 diar. 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 90ear old woman named Florence Eventually reunited with her diary Florence ventured bac. Y At 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 Mr. Fix-It you can read it and look at it from afar and touch its edges of life lived as if it s in a snow globe or behind a fog of time You read andou know that there
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a 90 The Complete Photo Guide to Slipcovers year woman sitting besideou fingers outstretched touching the same edge as Nazo no Kanojo X, Vol. 1 you are stirring her own past inside herself She says she lives fully and passionately at 90 because of this re 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 that we grew up 60ears apart that caused me to unrelate it was her upper middle class lower upper class upbringing her lesbian trysts her uest for love to complete her that I couldn t relate too It all seemed unrealistic But then I realized I ve read other recounts of people s lives that I was unable to relate to and enjoyed them After some thought I realized that it was the writing that drove me to dislike this book Up until the Chapter on Nat Howitt I couldn t really follow the story it me to dislike this book Up until the Chapter on Nat Howitt I couldn t really follow the story it very disjointed and lacked fluidity I constantly found myself trying to figure out how old she was when such and such was happening It seemed just random bits carelessly strung together And the author just seemed pompus maybe it was her picture Great conceptn poor execution I had to force myself to finish this one and had I not been reading it for a book club wouldn t have bothered 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 Tarikh Se Kuch Nahin Sikha 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 19ear 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 depression she also became a artist and writer Most women of the age if they attended college at all were happy to receive their Mrs degree Additionally Florence was well versed in all the art forms of the day and at 91 can still uote the masters of her چهار تیاتر youth Also she was accomplished in tennis and horseback riding which were not viewed as feminine pastimes 80ears ago Florence looking back says that after marriage she lead an ordin. 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 August Farewell young woman who dared to follow her drea.