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PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives Hardcover – November 29, 2005
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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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Many of the cards are genuinely sad: "I haven't spoken to my dad in 10 years...and it kills me every day." Some are rather frightening: "I stole valium from my epileptic dog." Some funny: "I give decaf to customers who are rude to me," which was written on an item from Starbucks. Some are so quirky that they reek of both humor and dark emotional hang-ups: "I take extreme measures to poop in solitude," and "When I'm mad at my husband I put boogers in his soup." Finally, there are comments that can't be evaluated in any possible context or frame of reference without being told by the writer; since that context is impossible to know, these are my favorites, being genuinely funny and mystifying, for example: "I stole your duck and took him to San Francisco."
The book is genuinely touching in an odd and unexpected way. It is cathartic in that it reinforces that perhaps others have deeper problems that you do as the reader. Some of the postcard writers wrote Frank to tell of changes the Postsecret project made in their lives. In these cases, I am betting that years of therapy would have been way less effective while being way more expensive.
My favorite of the personal stories was from a woman in Canada: "Dear Frank, I have made six postcards all with secrets that I was afraid to tell the one person I tell everything to, my boyfriend. This morning I planned to mail them, but instead I left them on the pillow next to his head while he was sleeping. Ten minutes ago he arrived at my office and asked me to marry him. I said yes."
This is a great book that serves to remind readers that everyone has problems, everyone has secrets, and everyone has unhealed wounds. Though many of these postcards are individually depressing, the amalgamation is a true wonder to behold, and will make readers feel better about themselves. Part of the proceeds for this book goes to the National Hopeline Network, which helps prevent suicide. This is a great book, and I recommend it highly.
I love this book.
As for the book itself, I find it fascinating. The secrets range from hauntingly sad to creepy to funny to just plain weird. The pictures are printed in full color and it's a beautiful book, one that you want to sit on your coffee table.