Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel

The author, a journalist for the New York Times, finds a diary in a dumpster in 2003 written by Florence Wolfson. The diary was a gift to Florence for her 14th birthday in 1929. She kept the diary for 5 years. The story was interesting, but not told in a very interesting way. It was obvious that it was written by a journalist rather than a creative writer. It was an interesting look at this young woman's life in New York City during this time period, but it was a somewhat disappointing read. I would rate this book 3 out 5.


jess said...


I couldn't disagree with you more. I found this to be a beautifully written book, a true work of art. Perhaps you didn't realize that it was a nonfictional account!

Scrappy Cat said...

Jess - I certainly did realize that this was nonfiction. As I said in my post, I found the story to be interesting, but was only disappointed in the writing style, which I believe to be a personal thing. I'm glad you enjoyed the book so much.