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Postsecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives [Hardcover]

Frank Warren
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Book Description

Nov. 17 2005

The project that captured a nation's imagination.

The instructions were simple, but the results were extraordinary.

"You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to a group art project. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything -- as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. Be brief. Be legible. Be creative."

It all began with an idea Frank Warren had for a community art project. He began handing out postcards to strangers and leaving them in public places -- asking people to write down a secret they had never told anyone and mail it to him, anonymously.

The response was overwhelming. The secrets were both provocative and profound, and the cards themselves were works of art -- carefully and creatively constructed by hand. Addictively compelling, the cards reveal our deepest fears, desires, regrets, and obsessions. Frank calls them "graphic haiku," beautiful, elegant, and small in structure but powerfully emotional.

As Frank began posting the cards on his website, PostSecret took on a life of its own, becoming much more than a simple art project. It has grown into a global phenomenon, exposing our individual aspirations, fantasies, and frailties -- our common humanity.

Every day dozens of postcards still make their way to Frank, with postmarks from around the world, touching on every aspect of human experience. This extraordinary collection brings together the most powerful, personal, and beautifully intimate secrets Frank Warren has received -- and brilliantly illuminates that human emotions can be unique and universal at the same time.

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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 is the founder and curator of the PostSecret project. A small business owner in Maryland, Warren started PostSecret in November 2004. To date, he has received more than 10,000 postcards.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is really SOMETHING! Nov. 14 2006
By David
I was not aware of the website until I got this book as a birthday gift. It was one of the best birthday gifts I have ever received. The book is amazing. The boldness of some of the messages is astonishing. You can learn here what the REAL world is all about. Some of the messages are funny, some sad, but most of them will make you stop and think about the way we interact with others, what are desires are, etc. I think the reader will often well relate with many of the messages. I definitely encourage everybody to either get the book or at least visit the website.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I anxiously awaited the release of the Post Secret book. I've been visiting the website regularly for some time now, and I am always moved by the sometimes witty but always honest 'secrets' that are exposed every week. It was with great disappointment that I flipped through the book. The postcards are still there, the secrets still entertaining, still touching, but the format of the book left something to be desired. Some of the pages were separated in groups of four postcards which made for a quick easy glimpse, but some had one postcard stretched over two pages, making it almost impossible to read. The overall layout was really just not impressive at all, and detracted from enjoying the messages on the cards.
Thanks, I would also recommend ' The Quest ' by George Kostantinos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Conversation Starter Feb. 2 2006
By A Customer
This book is compelling in many ways. For one, it's an interesting insight into the hearts and minds of humanity, but it's also a great tool for self reflection. As you read people's secrets you are revolted by some, saddened by others and on the truly powerful secrets you associate with or even share.
As a coffee table book, this one is great conversation starter. Learn more about your friends than you ever would under normal circumstances... how many of them would switch parking tickets with the car next to them in hopes that it would get paid?
I've done that...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your Secrets Aug. 13 2006
By Jessika
I absolutely loved this book, if it can be called that. It isn't what most would consider a typical book, it was more of a compilation of artwork. The best part was reading all the secrets and the emotions they bring out, seeing how some of the secrets could easily have been yours. Also how you know that so many other people have experienced or are experiencing exactly what you might be going through. I couldn't put it down and read it over from start to finish, now from time to time i enjoy flipping through it and picking out my favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best books ever Nov. 3 2006
I've heard about this book through friends and thought I would buy it just for fun...turns out, this was one of the best books I have ever read! It began with a genius idea and burst into an international movement of epic prportions!! I couldn't put it down. Each postcard has a story, and for once in my life, I feel as if I am not alone. I cried many mnay times
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book Feb. 2 2006
By A Customer
This book is beautiful, heartbreaking, simple and powerful all at once.
A great coffee table book that you can't put down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly unique and inspiring! Feb. 2 2006
The concept behind this book is inspiring and astounding. As for the cut-off words mentioned in the other review, I cannot say that I noticed these errors. The sheer magnitude of emotion that pulsates from this book is mesmmerizing to any reader, and due to its postmodern nature, it does not need to be read from front to start. In fact, flipping through this book on a regular basis will uncover many nuances, pangs of emotions, sympathy AND empathy that can only be picked up after being reviewed numerous times. Whoever thought that tiny postcards could hold our deepest sorrows, joys, and secrets? Who knew that the regular John and Jane Does out there were such heartbreaking artists? This book is a must-have for yourself, for the conversation piece that it is, and for celebrating and detesting the artistry and sad and happy truths that come with being regular human beings.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational! March 22 2006
This book is sensational. I've been a long time fan of the website and the book doesn't disappoint. All the postcards are excellent, and they show the range of human emotions that we all can go through. I genuinely felt like a better person after looking through this. It even inspired me to write a post card of my own. I always check out the website and for someone to come up with something like this is amazing. The author has helped people in more ways than anyone could possibly understand. Everyday people can relate to each other & realize that they are not alone in the world. If you like the site, you will LOVE the book.
I read it in one sitting. Like a voyeur, I could not get enough of other people's secrets. And I wanted to know more. I wanted to know who and why or how things turned out. I highly recommend this book for those who want to smile, empathize and wonder at the beauty some create from their pain, and how a postcard can encapsulate so much. Additional book that had a major impact on my life was “Scientifically guaranteed male multiple orgasms and ultimate sex” by Alan Ritz. Both books are exceptional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
This book is absolutely amazing. I have not only read it for personal interest‚ but I read it with my students who are maximum-security offenders. It is a great discussion starter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting and worthy of my coffee table collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I usually don't buy new books on a whim - I'll wait for a review or friend to recommend but this book was a whim I don't regret. Read more
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Awesome idea! Love it. A little dark and a little humorous all in one! Read a couple 'post secrets' from my friends book and just had to have my own!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is one of the best books ever. I have it on my coffee table for people to pick up and read if they like. Everyone who has come over and read it now owns a copy too. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2006 by Cherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great social commentary!
Ever since I saw the video for "Dirty Little Secret" by the All-American Rejects, I've been intrigued by the idea of this book. Read more
Published on April 2 2006 by Steph
5.0 out of 5 stars All Over the Map - in a Good Way
The book 'Postsecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives' is all over the map. It is raw, tender, touching, offensive, sweet, calming, and ultimately revealing of what... Read more
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