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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First edition (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060899190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060899196
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Humanity at its finest . . . And because of it I am falling in love with the world again.” (– A contributor on Postsecret.com)

“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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Frank Warren started PostSecret as a community art project where he invited total strangers to anonymously mail in their deepest secrets on a homemade postcard. The response was overwhelming with Frank receiving over 1,000,000 anonymous postcards and counting.

All six PostSecret books have been on the New York Times Best Seller List. PostSecret Confessions on Life Death and God reached #1.

PostSecret.com has won three Webby Awards for "Best Blog on the Internet" and is today the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world with nearly 700,000,000 "visits".

The project has raised over $1,000,000 for suicide prevention and Frank Warren was awarded the Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and was invited to the White House to share his thoughts on mental wellness in 2013. His TED talk is one of the most watch with over 2,500,000 views.

The postcards have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Visionary Art Museum in Maryland and there is a PostSecret album and play.

Frank lives in Germantown, Maryland, with his wife and daughter, and dog, Shadow (but his wife wants to move to California).

Customer Reviews

The book was great for the artwork as well!
RavingLunatix
Read secrets alone: They will, by turns, make you laugh, cry and think.
T. Peyton
As with any PostSecret book, this one was a fantastic read.
Carmela

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

305 of 320 people found the following review helpful By T. Peyton VINE VOICE on December 4, 2005
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I've been a fan of the PostSecret website for quite awhile. Its nice to have so many of the secrets, some of which I've seen before, in a book.

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.
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177 of 187 people found the following review helpful By P. Miller on December 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read select postcard secrets out loud to a group of friends. Some of the secrets were hilariously funny. Others were very disturbing in that they revealed, long-held secrets of various abuses by and toward others, and the resulting expressions of anger, regret, guilt and sadness appeared all too often throughout the book. The boldness of people reaching out through this medium made me read their secrets with some measure of trepidation. No doubt, many readers will recognize themselves, their desires and longings, in the postcard writings. This visually-stimulating book should be a wake up call to everyone, that emotional mental health issues are inadequately addressed in our culture. The book is one step towards affirming that it's a positive and healing thing to get one's hidden issues "out there" and hopefully, examined. I don't get what all the fuss is over the layout. Maybe a larger size or format would have looked better, but then the book would've been more cumbersome to transport. The size is comfortably practical and the layout is fine, especially also since the postcards were grouped together with common themes. Works for me.
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Louise on December 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love the website and was thrilled when I received the book. It is unique, creative and very thought provoking which has encouraged some very stimulating conversations. I would highly recommend this book.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By M. Stevens on December 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Frank Warren's compilation is the perfect physical manifestation of his website (postsecret.com). The book makes a great gift and addition to a personal library, particularly for those of us who are fascinated by the people around us. The project itself is a great undertaking and deserves the support.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Johnson on December 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of the website, but this book has proved to be more than I could imagine! Every single postsecret is riveting. I will highly recommend this book to everyone!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bruce G. Wilson on December 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Like the site, the book somehow manages to evoke the feeling of not being alone - it's stunning to see people's secrets that they have finally decided to entrust to the entire World.

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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Travis Pelt on April 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My first thought was 'What an odd little book.' I continued to flip through the pages; the artwrok was in turns quirkily or eeriely funny to gut wrentchingly personal. Confessions from putting boogers in soup to being victimized are more hauntingly immediate by the illustrations than the actual words.

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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Greg Robertson VINE VOICE on March 29, 2006
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The "postcards" in this book were collected as part of an art project, but it's just as much a psychology experiment. Imagine a world where you can learn people's innermost secrets...the good, the bad, the sexy, the hilariously funny, and the devastatingly sad...and you've got "PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives."

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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