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The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel
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Jun 05, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: Marjorie Morningstar fans
Read in June, 2008

Florence Wolfson was a smart, privileged Manhattan teenager when she started her diary in 1929. For five years, she faithfully recorded a sentence or two every night. Decades later, Lily Koppel found the diary, found the much older Florence, and told her story.
What a life she had! Her teenage life in the 1930s was leaps and bounds more adventurous than my experiences in the 1980s.
Florence sometimes comes off as a little vain and self-absorbed, but, hey, it's a diary: it's supposed to be self-absorbed. And in the midsts of her preening, Florence is also soaking in the arts, thinking and creating. She takes some gutsy chances and reminds me of my grandmother. I especially liked that Koppel brought us up-to-date with Florence's life. By the end, I got a little teary and felt inspired to buy this:
Because a sentence or two a night is important.
P.S. to Betsy-Tacy fans: there's a Marco in the story, too!
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message 1: by bob (new) - rated it 5 stars

bob Great review. I totally agree with you.

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