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Found II: More of the Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World Paperback – May 2, 2006

Book 2 of 3 in the Found Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743273079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743273077
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

If you've ever pocketed a stranger's forgotten train ticket-stub because you're fascinated by the little bird doodled on it, this book's for you. The sequel to the first Found, and sister to Found magazine makes happened-upon stuff-notes, lists, photos-its raison d'etre. What's intriguing about this book's reconnoitered artifacts, is that they run the gamut from a young boy's storyboard retelling of having a gun held to his head to a disgruntled airline customer's complaint letter about being seated near the lavatory. Each item appears mostly intact (names and phone numbers have been redacted or changed) and looks as if photocopied onto the page. There's no organizational logic to the book, though that's a small gripe considering the wealth of puzzling and hilarious goodies included: a pros/cons list written about someone's male love interest; a letter from a London city official asking a guest of a library to stay away until his "personal hygiene becomes acceptable"; a letter from student propositioning a male teacher, and a rudimentary cartoon drawing of a pregnant man. Some inclusions benefit from contextualization (as in the notes that are found near prisons or inside floating balloons), and the author keeps editorializing to a minimum, leaving the found objects to speak for themselves.
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Review

"Found is a powerful fix for thinking voyeurs."

-- Joan Anderman, The Boston Globe



"A fascinating and wonderfully moving collage of human emotion."

-- Jessica Hundley, Los Angeles Times



"What's more irresistible than reading a letter not meant for your eyes? . . . A quirky lens into the flotsam and jetsam of humanity."

-- Marla Paul, Chicago Tribune



"I love Found!"

-- Drew Barrymore



"A fascinating collection. It will break your heart."

-- David Sedaris, author of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim



"A great book . . ."

-- David Letterman

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Some are hilarious and some are very strange.
Eric
The found items look like they have been photocopies onto the pages in the book and you are told where the item is found.
Summeroz
This is one of those books that is fun to just pick up and flip through making it a perfect "coffee table" book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By chickensdontclap on May 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I first became familiar with Found when I flipped through my mom's copy of the first book. She had heard about the book from some local radio station. At first the basic premise of the book didn't sound too intriguing. It sounded like a book full of trash. Essentially, that is what Found is, but trash that tells stories. Love letters, photos, shopping lists, homework (one kid handed in a report on a certain part of the male anatomy) etc. Some finds are funny. Some tragic. Some heartwarming. Think of the finds as short stories, sometimes conisisting of only a few words. Or better yet, windows into the lives of others. This is one of those books that is fun to just pick up and flip through making it a perfect "coffee table" book. I took the first Found book to work a few years ago and was constantly lending it to people (or rather leaving it around while people couldn't help but be intrigued) who would soon be showing me their favorite finds. After reading this book you will never look at trash the same way again. I constantly scan the streets in search of my own finds worthy of Found Magazine. So far the most interesting thing I've found is a name tag that says "Pastor John Issacs." I wore it around work for awhile as a joke before it broke and another card behind the one that said "Pastor John" spilled out. It said "Elizabeth Jenson". Why did Pastor John have Elizabeth Jenson's nametag? Duel-Identities perhaps? You make up the story. The same goes with many of the finds in this book. I highly recomend purchasing both FOUND and FOUND II.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. Ryono on May 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
For those of you who might find the first Found book or this second one offensive in its content -- guess what? -- life is offensive. And for that matter, life is also often tragic, poignant, ironic, hysterically funny, random, and sometimes all of these things at once... the "Found" books and the magazines reflect all of these aspects of everyday life. That's what makes it so remarkable. Indeed, how many books can cause you to giggle and feel emotionally vulnerable within two pages? This work by Davy Rothbart, co-editor Jason Bitner, and all the Found crew deserves praise because this is a cross-section of humanity stripped down to its beautiful bare essentials. If, several thousand years from now, (android? zombie?) archeologists study our current century, they might go through our trash. Think of "Found" as giving them a headstart.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on April 25, 2006
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Sub-Title: More of the Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World ==It reminds me a lot of cleaning off my desk (It's been said that my desk is messy). The things I find. Some of which I had been looking for for months, some of which I don't recognize at all.

This is a collection of things (mostly paper) that got found somewhere. One note said: 'Sniper Wanted: to think out the herd a Little. Non-smoker.' From that you can make up any kind of story you want. Or how about the request: 'Please send me a picture of God.' And there is: 'Dear Santa, This year I am going to try to be naughty and save you the trip.' Or, 'The condom made a mistake and broke.'

One time I got a letter. It was well reasoned and talked about some business related subject that I've forgotten. Only thing, it was written in crayon. After the signature was written, "Please excuse the crayon, they won't let us have anything sharp."

Good for the coffee table or the bathroom.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Nellernator on August 1, 2006
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This book is soooooo awesome.

Its like spying on your neighbor or finding a lost notebook of someone's and you creating befores and afters to scenes that these letters depict and different characters for the authors. Go buy this book, or read it at least at Books-A-Million. i recommend a Strawberry Italian Cream Soda from Joe Muggs to sip along with it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dephal VINE VOICE on September 20, 2006
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It is impossible to put this book down. I'd read one page, then promise myself "Just one more...." I'm not sure what makes this book so addictive. Some of the entries are hilarious, some poignant, some just plain mysterious. I find myself imagining scenarios that could have led to the creation of some of these objects.

Having read this book and its predecessor, I've disovered that I now pay more attention to some of the little bits and pieces of things I encounter every day. I even found a post-it note that I've now submitted to Found.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Summeroz on December 20, 2006
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Found II is a companion piece to Found and the Found Magazine. In it are bits of paper stories, notes found all over the world - from a passenger on an airplane to a fax sent to the wrong number. What is fascinating is what is on these bits of paper - the confessions, the anger, and the funny stories. They are all real and fascinating. Some people might not like the format or style of this book. The found items look like they have been photocopies onto the pages in the book and you are told where the item is found. It has the feel of a scrapbook. There is also some explicit language.

However I think the power of the items will fascinate and make you take a second glance at that piece of paper floating around your car and on the ground...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on February 19, 2007
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In both FOUND books, and in every issue of FOUND Magazine, the thought comes rushing to my mind that these texts are Scriptures for the Unholy.

...In a good way.

For the rest of us.

These are pages that can be rifled through again and again, and every time something new will be found--some nuance, some missed word, some minor innuendo, something, something you never saw before.

Just as theologians and church members have pored over the Bible and various sacred texts for centuries in search of some elusive meaning, some hidden secret, some lost answer, so can anyone pore over these books in search of something to enrich what they've already read, to complete their conceptions of what this world is like.

When I bought this book, I of course read it in its entirety as fast as I could, because FOUND is fascinating.

FOUND is the distillation of everything sad and strange and joyous and sweet and tragic in modern life, and it's as gripping as any page-turning pulp novel out there. But, after I'd raced through it, after I'd let a little time pass, I kept on picking the book up, and every time I found something I hadn't seen before. An expression in a photo. A strain is someone's handwriting. A painfully significant crossed-out line.

This book is a terrific follow-up to the first FOUND book, and well worth whatever the cost. It's packed with new finds (including a few from yours truly), filled with hope and sadness, and serves as a stunning collage of a worthwhile existence.

I'm going to dinner.
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Davy Rothbart is the author of the national bestseller Found, and creator of the magazine of the same name. A contributor to public radio's This American Life, he is also the author of the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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