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93-year-old Woman Relives Youth When Diary is Found

When New York Times journalist Lily Koppel climbed into a dumpster outside her apartment building, she didn't know the extent of the treasures that lay inside. What came of it was a book based on a 7

93-year-old Woman Relives Youth When Diary is Found

Tom Fudge : Just a few years ago, a young New York reporter was headed out the door to work when she noticed something strange about a dumpster near her apartment on Riverside Drive. It was full of old steamer trunks. Curiosity overcame the woman's desire to get to work on time. And she started pawing through those old trappings.

That's when Lily Koppel discovered a diary that had been kept by a teenage girl in the 1930s. It was bound in red leather, and the story it told was a fascinating chronicle of the times and the life of a precocious, well-to-do New York girl. Even better, Lily was able to track down the diary's author, who was in her 90s.


You can hear Lily Koppel talk about her new book: "The Red Leather Diary" at San Diego Writers, Ink on Wednesday, September 3, 7 p.m., and at Warwick's Bookstore in La Jolla on Thursday, September 4, 2008, 7:30 p.m.