Sk as I am staring up at ceiling tiles ARE YOU AND YOU AND YOU ARE WE WOMEN you And you and you Are we women 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 ay when I come into my crone self I can look back and say Yes I had a good life but never the life I imagined And I loved every breath 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 60 years 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 rove me to Memoir of a Misfit dislike this book Up until the Chapter on Nat Howitt I couldn t really follow the story it was veryisjointed 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 Looking for the Toffees decided once and for all to move years of forgotten items to theumpster Of these items is a red leather Raising Gods Girl diary inside of a trunk that Lily rescues Theiary 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 The Gulag Handbook did she receive a bachelors from Hunter College and a masters from Barnarduring the The Beckoning Lady (Albert Campion 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 Mrsegree Additionally Florence was well versed in all the art forms of the Will in the World 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 theiary is her gift
The One Drawback I Have Noticed From Other Reviews Is one June Fourth Elegies drawback I have noticed from other reviews is the prose jumps from Lily s voice to Florence s Ion t find that to be choppy after all this is a Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes diary If anything Lily s commentary keeps 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 gloomyepression We are not given snapshots of people who managed to achieve The Confabulist despite the bleakness of theecade Red Leather Diary manages to Der Illusionist do that by giving us a life just beginning with little mention of theespair that most have heard about many times Thank you Florence for sharing your Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue diary and Lily for putting it in book form A light and charming read I rate this memoir 35 stars. K to the girl she once was rediscovering a lost self that burned with artistic fervorJoining intimate interviews with originaliary 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 Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, dared to follow herrea.
download The Red Leather Diary Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost JournalI really enjoyed reading this book This is the true story of the Ask the Past discovery of a long forgotteniary The Riding Class (Saddle Club, diary of Florence Wolfson lay undiscovered for over half a century until the author Lily Koppel finds it in aumpster Koppel is a writer for the New York Times and was naturally curious about the content of the Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, diary She searched for theiary 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 Different Class diary to life brilliantly A rare book that can be read over again A foundiary reveals a fascinating world infused with art love and literature A young journalist tracks Short Stories by Roald Dahl 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 thisebut 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 Goldilocks the Three Bears described andescribed things but nothing ever actually happened And the things that id happen weren t really stories just escriptions The concept was very neat although I wish that images from the Socialist Realism diary had been used ie her hand written wordsstory The format is where the author Lily Koppel would give an excerpt from theiary and then follow it with a long I Look Up To... Michelle Obama description that sometimes wasn t that interesting Maybe it is just a hard thing too 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 Doctor Extraño didn t like it but Iid Just my observations Subtitled Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost JournalLily Koppel was a young age 22 writer working at the Pages of a Lost JournalLily Koppel was a young age 22 writer working at
NEW YORK TIMES WHEN SHE STUMBLED UPON A DUMPSTERYork Times when she stumbled upon a umpster 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 iary its cover cracked and peeling It had originally been given to Florence Wolfson for her 1 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 Never Tell diary in aumpster outside her building She Feminism is for Everybody decided to trackown the owner who miraculously was 90 years old and still aliveHere s the rest of the bookThe owner of the Deterring Democracy 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 years that maybe Florence would have learned what life is really about Instead when theiary 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 Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, diary I love that this journal was found in aumpsteralmost gone forever but found And that Lily Koppel found the owner of the Hunters Heart 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. “A world straight from the pages of an F Scott Fitzgerald novel An extraordinary story about coming of age following yourreams and Menneskefluene (K2 discovering or rediscovering who you are were and want to be” ParadeRescued from a Dumpster on the Upper West Side of Manhattan aiscarded iary brings to life the glamorous forgotten world of an extraordinary young womanOpening .
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 own kind of book for me hence the 3 stars not 4 or 5But I id 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 searly 30 s and the fact that this journal was reunited with its owner after so many yearsI enjoyed meeting 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 iary not a fictionalized version of the iary 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 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 afar and
touch its edges of life lived as if it s in a snow globe or behind a fogits edges of life lived as if it s in a snow globe or behind a fog You read and you know 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 iscussion 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 ifferently epending 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 Doctor Strange, Vol. 2 desire to make my future my own and finally being immobilized by the realization thatecisions are terribly ifficult with no black or white answers Florence of course affected me becuase she was in a transition too what teenager isn t I on t think she would have married if she weren t pressured to The Train Robbers do so though I believe that sheid love Nat Oh what is love anyway Now that s a topic for another thread Flo wouldn t have No Reason To Die done aamn thing to change her life if it weren t by force the force of her parents the force of the 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 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 ress 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 Raking The Ashes diary pages A woman in the midst of her own soul s path to peace Is she sitting at here. He tarnished brass lock of a red leather Ellie (Ellie, 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 theiary’s owner a 90 year old woman named Florence Eventually reunited with her Dear Office-Politics diary Florence ventured bac.