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PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives Hardcover – November 29, 2005
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“A fascinating public airing of private thoughts. . . The range of efforts (meticulous, sloppy, artful, ponderous) will astound you.” (– TIME.com, "50 Coolest Websites of 2005")
3rd Place, Special Trade-Fine Art under $75 Category, New York Book Show (No Source)
About the Author
Frank Warren started PostSecret as a community art project where he invited total strangers to anonymously mail in their secrets on a homemade postcard. This simple act sparked a global phenomenon. Frank has received over 1 million secrets in his mailbox with more arriving every day but Sunday. PostSecret.com has won seven Webby Awards and is the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world. The postcards have been curated for five New York Times bestselling books and have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the American Visionary Art Museum. Frank has traveled the world sharing secrets and stories from Australia to the White house. There is a PostSecret album, a PostSecret TED Talk and a PostSecret Play on tour. In 2011 Frank was awarded the ‘HopeLine Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his work on suicide prevention and was invited to the White House to work on issues of mental wellness. Frank lives in Germantown, Maryland, with his wife and daughter.
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Top Customer Reviews
Read secrets out loud, to a friend: They're a great conversation piece. Read secrets alone: They will, by turns, make you laugh, cry and think.
The only thing I would change is that the postcards are enlarged, often taking a full page, or even two pages, of space. I would have preferred to see them closer to their actual size. You tend to lose the feeling that you're reading an actual postcard.
It has so obviously been a catharitc experience for people who have contributed.
Everyone I show it to recognises something of themselves in it.
I recomend it to the entire population - buy it, read it, contribute to the next one.
It is amazing how much you can sympathize with a stranger with only twenty words. Not to be sappy, but in each card a stranger reaveals something so pure and unique, you can almost envision their daily lives. And wonder about how to express your own secrets.
Some of the material is odd, but you can imagine a person telling her closest friend, like the card showing women's feet with the admission, "I show pictures of my feet to a man online so he'll buy me stuff."
Some is joyous, but with a sad undertone, such as a close-up of a baby's face with this written across it: "For the first time since I was a baby I am finally happy. I'm 28." You want to congratulate the person, but it's also a little sad to think that he or she went so long without being happy.
In the devastatingly sad category, I include one in which someone tells a friend that he or she is glad the friend's uncle died because he had molested the writer when he/she was in 7th grade. That's a tough thing to tell a friend, and at least as tough to hear.
The lighter side includes such overtly funny admissions as, "I used to get high and watch Lawrence Welk." and the highly understandable "I waste office supplies because I hate my boss."
If you think I've given it all away here, believe me, there is SO much more. In fact, while I love the book, I recommend reading it in several sittings - it's VERY emotional in many sections and can be downright overwhelming if you approach it with too much empathy. Then again, if you don't, you're likely to miss half the humanity of this very moving book.
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Bought to share the idea with some friends. Light, easy read and great for enthusiastic conversations.Published 1 month ago by ScubaDad
One of my favorite past-times is reading new PostSecrets as they are posted on Sunday.
This is one of the better PostSecret books!
This book is unbelievably insightful, exposing the deepest secrets of the people that could be around you at any time. I love it!!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was interesting, I thought I would receive actual postcards but it was all copied into this book. It was entertaining to read.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Perfect condition, on time, great price. More than I expected. Thanks!Published 3 months ago by carrie bracht