The Resource The red leather diary : reclaiming a life through the pages of a lost journal, Lily Koppel, (electronic resource)

The red leather diary : reclaiming a life through the pages of a lost journal, Lily Koppel, (electronic resource)

Label
The red leather diary : reclaiming a life through the pages of a lost journal
Title
The red leather diary
Title remainder
reclaiming a life through the pages of a lost journal
Statement of responsibility
Lily Koppel
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. For more than half a century, the red leather diary lay silent, languishing inside a steamer trunk, its worn cover crumbling into little flakes. When a cleaning sweep of a New York City apartment building brings this lost treasure to light, both the diary and its owner are given a second life. Recovered by Lily Koppel, a young writer working at the New York Times, the journal paints a vivid picture of 1930s New York-horseback riding in Central Park, summer excursions to the Catskills, and an obsession with a famous avant-garde actress. From 1929 to 1934, not a single day's entry is skipped. Opening the tarnished brass lock, Koppel embarks on a journey into the past, traveling to a New York in which women of privilege meet for tea at Schrafft's, dance at the Hotel Pennsylvania, and toast the night at El Morocco. As she turns the diary's brittle pages, Koppel is captivated by the headstrong young woman whose intimate thoughts and emotions fill the pale blue lines. Who was this lovely ingňue who adored the works of Baudelaire and Jane Austen, who was sexually curious beyond her years, who traveled to Rome, Paris, and London? Compelled by the hopes and heartaches captured in the pages, Koppel sets out to find the diary's owner, her only clue the inscription on the frontispiece-"This book belongs to... Florence Wolfson." A chance phone call from a private investigator leads Koppel to Florence, a ninety-year-old woman living with her husband of sixty-seven years. Reunited with her diary, Florence ventures back to the girl she once was, rediscovering a lost self that burned with artistic fervor. Joining intimate interviews with original diary entries, Koppel reveals the world of a New York teenager obsessed with the state of her soul and her appearance, and muses on the serendipitous chain of events that returned the lost journal to its owner. Evocative and entrancing, The Red Leather Diary re-creates 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
Cataloging source
Midwest
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Koppel, Lily
Dewey number
974.7104092
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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1915-2012
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Howitt, Florence
  • hoopla digital
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Howitt, Florence
  • Diaries
  • Electronic books
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
Label
The red leather diary : reclaiming a life through the pages of a lost journal, Lily Koppel, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11920239
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Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
MWT11920239
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Publisher number
MWT11920239
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11920239
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The red leather diary : reclaiming a life through the pages of a lost journal, Lily Koppel, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11920239
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
MWT11920239
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Publisher number
MWT11920239
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11920239
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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