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.