Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Giveaway: The Red Leather Diary

Summary: For more than half a century, the red leather diary languished inside a steamer trunk. Rescued from a Dumpster on Manhattan's Upper West Side, it found its way to Lily Koppel, a young writer, who opened its tarnished brass lock and journeyed into an enthralling past. The diary painted a breathtaking portrait of a bygone New York—of glamorous nights at El Morocco and elegant teas at Schrafft's during the 1920s and '30s—and of the headstrong, endearing teenager who filled its pages with her hopes, heartaches, and vivid recollections. Intrigued, Koppel followed her only clue, a frontispiece inscription, to its now ninety-year-old owner, Florence Wolfson, and was enchanted as Florence, reunited with her diary, rediscovered a lost younger self burning with artistic fervor.

Joining intimate interviews with original diary entries, The Red Leather Diary re-creates the romance and promise of a remarkable era and brings to life the true story of a daring, precocious young dreamer. -- Harper Perennial

I was going to wait to do a giveaway for THE RED LEATHER DIARY: RECLAIMING A LIFE THROUGH THE PAGES OF A LOST JOURNAL by Lily Koppel until I finished reading and reviewing it. Then I thought, what the heck? It is the week of the Book Giveaway Carnival! (I promise that I will be reading it and sharing my thoughts with you in the very near future.)

For one entry, leave a comment with your e-mail address telling me why you want to read this book! For an extra entry (or two), you can blog about this contest with a link back to this post and/or tweet about it! This contest is open until Saturday, March 7th at 11:59 p.m. I will announce the winner the following day! This contest is open to those of you with U.S. or Canada mailing addresses only. Good luck!

113 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Oh, I hate to be first, but I really want to read this book, because it sounds so fascinating. I love to read diaries and memoirs - I guess I'm nosy. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

April said...

I have not heard of this one, but it sounds delightful and intriguing! Please enter me - I also retweeted your tweet about it!!
ajpohren@iowatelecom.net
Thank you!!

shelburns said...

I'm so glad you are giving this away. I think it would be interesting to read because it is so personal. As a student, I loved Diary of Anne Frank for that very reason. I learned so much about the character.

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

Gayle said...

I hadn't heard of the book either, but it sounds terrific. I'd love to read it. gd830(at)hotmail.com

Margay said...

I would love to read this book because I am an author myself and a research nut and stories like this fascinate me - especially the story behind the book. Love it!

I tweeted about the contest here:

http://twitter.com/Margay

Margay

Margay1122 (at) aol (dot) com

Rue said...

This sounds like a fascinating book. I've always enjoyed books that are written in the style of diaries/memoirs. Sounds like I'd enjoy this one.
Thanks for the chance to win!

ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

livingmyhappilyeverafter said...

it is always so amazing to listen or read about someones life and struggles.

livingmyhappilyeverafter at yahoo

Julie said...

This sounds like an interesting read and I would love to have it.
midwestvintage54@gmail.com

Melanie said...

Thanks for another great giveaway. I'd love to read this one - I love epistilary novels. So few books are written as letters or diaries.

Indigo said...

I heard about this book on another book blog and was surprised at how disappointed I was not to win the drawing. Apparently I wanted to read this book far more than I realized. I find it enchanting to be able to read the memoirs of a young woman during the 1920's-30's, more so that in her 90's she was reunited with the diary.

Thanks for entering me in this drawing. If I don't win this one, I'm going to have to break down and actually buy the book. Indigo

ravensquietscreams@gmail.com

Lauren said...

I heard about this book the other day, actually, and am super interested in reading it! I love the idea of finding an old journal. Very gothic-romantic.

Victoria said...

I'd love to read this because I really enjoy learning more about 1920s America. I blame The Great Gatsby. utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

Ti said...

First of all, this one sounds really good but the real reason I want to read it is because I am nosy and it's a way to be nosy with permission. LOL.

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traveler said...

What an extraordinarily fascinating book you have featured. I am intrigued with this amazing story and would enjoy reading it greatly. Thanks for this chance.
saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

YZgirl4 said...

This book sounds like it would be an amazing read! I would love to discover their journeys and experiences!



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Amanda said...

Sounds fascinating! Please enter me, too. amandagignac [at] gmail [dot] com

mindy said...

this book appears almost mesmerizing thanks for the giveaway minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

donnas said...

What a fascinating sounding book. I love this time period in history.

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Meghan said...

I'd like to read it because early 20th century history in New York is really interesting! I love to read original diaries and things like that, too.

Here's my tweet about it:
http://twitter.com/mbookworm/status/1274579519

meghankk at gmail dot com

Thanks!

sharon54220 said...

First off, I love reading memoirs. Secondly, being from the East Coast (NJ) originally, I love to read stuff about the area. Thirdly, I read about this book awhile ago, and really want to read it.
Thanks for the giveaway.

sharon54220@gmail.com

Holly said...

I want to read it simply because it sounds so good. Thanks for offering it as a giveaway!

je2kids(at)yahoo(dot)com

clenna said...

I want to read this book because it reminds me of my grandmother who was a young woman during the 20's. It would be interesting to read the attitudes of that time.

ikkinlala said...

I'd like to read this book because I've enjoyed other books based on diaries.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

scottsgal said...

Thanks for the giveaway - sounds like a great read

msboatgal at aol dot com

Heather J. said...

I'd love to win this one b/c it's been on my TBR list since early last year!

flip said...

This sounds great....a diary and a myster

flip (at)tetonvalley (dot) net

Marie said...

This sounds like a fascinating book, I've always wanted to discover a vintage diary, that would be so neat!

vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

Jena said...

I read about this book on a book site--maybe Powell's?--and promptly sent the write up to my husband, who also thought it sounded fascinating. I'd love to win a copy! (Contact info on my book blog.)

Annie said...

Oh, I would love to win this book! I love the era of the 20s; it lends itself well to being written about!

I think I would enjoy this very much!


Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Annie said...

Tweeted your giveaway

greeeneyedwhwom (twitter name)

http://tinyurl.com/agdwah Win a Copy of The Red Leather Diary


Thanks

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Stacie said...

I have wanted to read this book. I love stories written in diary or letter format! I think it makes them more "real". Sign me up!
Staciele(at)netins(dot)net

Syd said...

This sounds like a great book. I'd like to read it. I keep a journal so am fascinated with old ones.
sydlaughs@att.net

Wehaf said...

I read about this in the New York Times, and it has been on my booklist ever since.

urchiken at gmail dot com

bridget3420 said...

I want to read this because I used to keep diaries and I think it would be cool to read about someone else's life.

bridget3420(at)yahoo(dot)com

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

thanks for the giveaway mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

judygr64 said...

The concept of this book which pairs the early life of the writer with her later life is very appealing to me. I'd also like reading her descriptions of life in the 20's and 30's. And I love diaries!

judy(dot)greenberg(at)gmail(dot)com

traymona said...

I am interested in the 20s and 30s time period. OK, I'm obsessed with that time period. I can't find out enough about it. This book would feed my obsession nicely.
traymona[at]aol.com

Mia J. said...

This book sounds very interesting. I would love to read it. Thanks for the chance.

Kristen M. said...

I would love to read this book because I love "found history" -- things that we thought were lost but then are brought to light again later with some clues about the past.
webereading at gmail dot com

Kristen M. said...

I would love to read this book because I love "found history" -- things that we thought were lost but then are brought to light again later with some clues about the past.
webereading at gmail dot com

Valorie said...

I love to read about the lives of people, especially women. And I love history, so I always look for a book with good historical context.

Blogged this contest:
http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/03/02/book-giveaways-0302-0308/

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this. I really need something new to read and this sounds fascinating.

Thanks,

darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com

She Became A Butterfly said...

this sounds fascinating! i love books like this. i love anne frank. visited her actual hideout as well. creepy.

she
pookielocks at ymail dot com

avisannschild said...

Please count me in! I want to read this book because it sounds fascinating. Like Kathy, I love reading diaries and memoirs. Thanks!

shereadsandreads(at)gmail(dot)com

samsakara said...

I love reading things that take place during that time period. Thanks for the great giveaway.

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

Lisa said...

Please enter me in your giveaway! I love reading stories from this era based on people's lives.

Meredith said...

That summary sounds so good. I would love to read this book!

~Meredith
rosesaremyfavorite at hotmail dot com

Valerie said...

this book sounds wonderful, I'd love to read it
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Meg89 said...

I've seen this book around and it looks so good! Please enter me!
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Bookfool said...

I want to read it because I love memoirs and the time period sounds fun and kind of decadent.

bookfoolery at yahoo dot com

Kathy is so funny. I guess I'm nosy, too. :)

Rebecca said...

I have heard good things about this book. I would love the chance to win it. Memoirs are one of my favorite genres.

mycreativeimagination at yahoo dot com

windycindy said...

The author of the diary reminds me of an aunt that I loved very much while I was growing up! She was ahead of her time in many ways. Please enter me in your fabulous book giveaway drawing. I appreciate it very much! Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Alyce said...

I have heard so much about this book, and I've been wanting to read it because I love books that are based on real life or diaries.
akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Alyce said...

I tweeted the contest here:

http://twitter.com/AtHomeWithBooks/status/1277491554

The Green Yak said...

I love reading about what other people choose to write in their diaries :-D

greenyak [at] yahoo [dot] com

jolt! said...

Memoirs are often great reads, it's interesting to see what other people have experienced in life. I like the idea of combining the journal and interviews with the much older journal author.

Red lady-Bonnie said...

I love to read diaries/memoirs and this book has been on my wishlist for awhile now..would love to win a copy!!

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Kaye said...

Please enter me in the drawing. This looks like a great read. How often do you get to see into someone's head and read their inner most thoughts? I find all that truly interesting and especially from a time i know nothing about.
florida982002[at]yahoo[dot]com

Serena said...

this sounds like a memoir with a twist...a diary found in the dumpster...fantastic. I would love to see what is going on in this diary owner's head!

Prisca said...

I once lost a journal and later obsessed about who might find it and what they would think. Luckily, it didn't have my name in it! ;) The idea of 'found' history is so cool.

periabd1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mom of 5 Boys said...

I really want to read this! I love the story behind it, and have now added it to my wishlist.

momof5boys at gmail dot com

Karlie said...

This era is so intersting. Please enter me.

Sherrylinn said...

I would love to read this one. The era has always intrigued me, and I love reading about others dreams and fantasies.

slcremer at gmail dot com

Shelley said...

I love the name! It sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win.

saz AT chainreader DOT com

Linda said...

I like the era of the 20s and 30s, and just recently, I've come to enjoy reading novels with a diary format. Please put my name in the drawing.
lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

Deborah said...

I'm starting to hear some buzz about this book - it sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance to win it. asthenight at gmail dot com

ruth said...

What a great giveaway. This type of novel is enthralling and I find it quite entrancing since it is real life and important.
rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

kisah jackson said...

i want to win this book because i love reading about 20th century history. it's history within reach, y'know?

k_sunshine1977@yahoo.com

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your drawing.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9@verizon.net

demmi said...

the book sounds like a wonderful look into a everyday persons life and a glimpse of history con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

gahome2mom said...

Sounds interesting, I'd like to know what's going on and how it will end. Thanks for the chance to win!
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rottawa said...

This looks like a lovely, fascinating book. Please enter me.

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JamericanSpice said...

I would love to win this because it sounds fascinating and I love true stories! I love reading period.

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islandgirl said...

I love reading about times gone by!

islandgirlinutah at gmail dot com

toohotforturtle said...

I would love to read the first person descriptions of that time period. How lovely to learn this woman's story and how she "rediscovers" her own story.

allisonmariecat said...

Oh, this sounds fantastic!

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Anna said...

I'd love to be entered. I want to read the original diary entries. I posted this giveaway in my sidebar. Thanks!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric
diaryofaneccentric at hotmail dot com

Tracy said...

This sounds really interesting! I like to read personal diaries. Like someone else said, I guess I am nosey, LOL!

Cassie said...

I have this book on my wishlist. I have heard many good things about it and I love reading diary-style books.

jmcoaber@comcast.net

nfmgirl said...

Sounds like a fascinating book with a little modern day sleuthing to rediscover the girl who wrote the pages. I would love to be included in your giveaway. Thank you!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Paula said...

I have heard nothing but good things about this book and would love to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

Heather said...

Have not heard of this but I am always looking for a new great book to read and this looks like it may just be it

sweetsue said...

I would love to read this because I adore diaries. They usually have so many of the tiny details that other books don't.
smchester at gmail dot com

Boo Bear's Place said...

would love to win sounds good

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Jinxy and Me said...

This looks like a great book and I like the historical aspect of it.

Jinxy and Me said...

I tweeted your giveaway! (My username is @ThriftyJinxy)

Nicole said...

Looks like a good story. Thanks!

Kiki said...

This sounds like such a good book...historical and engrossing!



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Sheri S. said...

I'd love to read this book because it sounds so interesting and I especially love hearing about the roaring twenties! Thanks :)

Neverwithoutabook said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds wonderful and fascinating! Please enter me!

kyrissaean@live.ca

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a great book. The fact that it's diary entries makes it even more intriguing and personal.

kairilily at yahoo dot com

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - The title of this book is very interesting (which is why I'd want to read it), since I do believe that one can reclaim one's life through writing - I've been doing it my ENTIRE life, being a poet/artist/writer - and finding a lost journal can only remind you that you've LIVED - at least that's my guess about the book!

giggling kids said...

I want to read it because it seems like a good and interesting book.
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Pam said...

I'm another that enjoys the exploration of the human psyche!! Love books like this. Thanks.

Bcteagirl said...

I have proposed this book as the next book for our book club on the forum at Fabulouscanadianfreebies.com (right now we are reading The Genesis Code). Would love to win a copy, thanks for this contest!

Molly C. said...

I want to win this, because it looks like a really interesting book

Marie said...

I love reading about New York history and would love to read this book for that reason. bibliophile at bostonbibliophile dot com. thanks for entering me! :-)

kalea_kane said...

I would love to read this book, because I have always been a fan of diarys and journals. This would be a real treat! Thanks!

Kelly

enroutetolife(at)gmail(dot)com

kalea_kane said...
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kalea_kane said...

I blogged about your giveaway here:

http://enroutetolife.blogspot.com/2009/03/can-you-believe-these-giveaways.html

Thanks again!

enroutetolife(at)gmail(dot)com

darbyscloset said...

I would love to read this book, because it takes place in the era my Grandmother lived....I imagine reading this diary would be very similiar to reading my Grandmothers.
Thanks,
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Meaghan F. said...

It sounds like a really interesting book. And it also sounds like it'd be insightful.

nhertel85 said...

I'd like to read this because I love to read other people's lives.
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Katharina said...
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Katharina said...

I'd truly enjoy this book for a number of reasons. First of all is the fact that my entire life, I've thought that a dream job would be going through people's attics before estate sales or if they no longer wanted the contents for whatever reason.

The main reason for that is because I would love finding old pictures, mementoes, and especially things like journals and diaries.

In its own way, this book would be almost like getting to do that for a little while. :-)

Ooops, forgot to add my email in the first comment. 4mywinz [at] gmail [dot] com.

Qwill said...

I would love to read this to get a glimpse into life during a different era. Thanks.
qwills2cats@hotmail dot com

Candie said...

I like the way the book is set up. Thank you.

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

remarker said...

I would love to read this since it's on a list of books for a bookclub I just joined

LT said...

I would love to read this book for the historical aspect and I love diary formats.

Sue W. said...

This sounds like a very different kind of book. Would love to read it.

Sue W.
roylsue@telpage.net

masonsgranny59 said...

ty 4 the awesome book giveaway and 4 the entry:)

lastnerve said...

I would love love love to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

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Anonymous said...

please enter me thank you