Chicago, Illinois, USA
|Alma mater||Barnard College|
|Notable work(s)||The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story, The Red Leather Diary|
Lily Koppel is a writer living in New York. She is known for her book, The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal, which is about her discovery of a young woman’s diary, kept in New York in the 1930s, and its return to Florence Wolfson Howitt, its owner, at age 90. The diary was recovered from a steamer trunk found in a dumpster outside of Koppel's apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The non-fiction book is based on Koppel's New York Times City section cover story. 
Koppel writes for The New York Times and other publications. She graduated from Barnard College in 2003 with a degree in English Literature and creative writing. Koppel began contributing reporting to The New York Times Boldface Names celebrity column in 2003.
- Koppel, Lily. "Speak, Memory." The New York Times. July 16, 2006.
- "The Bravest Gossip Reporter Ever." Gawker.com. October 6, 2004.
- Hachette Book Group.