I'll admit right up front that I'm a sucker when it comes to certain subjects. I love stories about underdogs, social history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, extraordinary oldsters, and eyewitness accounts of famous past events. Every once in a while, several of my "weaknesses" are combined in a way that I can't resist. I've been noticing some chatter about a new book, one that I will admit that I haven't held in my own hands yet, that intrigues me because of the way that it combines several of the very elements I've mentioned.
The book is descriptively called The Red Leather Diary and is Lily Koppel's account of how a long forgotten diary was discovered in a dumpster outside her New York City apartment building. Luckily, Lily is the kind of woman who could not stand to see something like that trashed. Even better, she decided to find the original owner of the diary and, amazingly enough, she found 90-year old Florence Wolfson and established a deep bond with the older woman. The diary covers the period 1929-1934, a fascinating time in New York City history, but Koppel's book also tells of the new relationship between the two women.
The book is scheduled for release on April 8 and there is a dedicated website out there for those, like me, who have become interested in reading it. I'm in the mood for one of those "feel good" stories that come along every so often, so I'm looking forward to seeing this one for myself.
And I'm curious: Have any of you guys seen the book or, even better, had a chance to read this one yet? If so, what did you think of it?
(As several of you probably have, I have received an email from Lily regarding the book...grassroots marketing at its best...and I am more curious now than ever.)