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The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal, by Lily Koppel
Discussed on Thursday, October 1st, 2009 at 6:30pm

For more than half a century, its tarnished latch unlocked, the red leather diary lay silent inside an old steamer trunk strewn with vintage labels evoking the glamorous age of ocean liner travel... Inside, in brief, breathless dispatches written on gold-edged pages, the journal recorded five years in the life and times of a smart and headstrong New York teenager, a young woman who loved Baudelaire, Central Park, and men and women with equal abandon... Through a serendipitous chain of events, the diary was given the chance to tell its story.