Extraordinary Confessions From Ordinary Lives

Book - 2005
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New York Times Bestseller

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.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : ReganBooks, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060899196
Branch Call Number: Arts 741.683 War


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Jul 01, 2014

I follow the website weekly. I enjoyed the book, and shared a few of the post cards with my husband. I also liked that some people added their own secrets into the book, because thats what it is for!!

ChristchurchLib May 12, 2014

"Offers illustrated postcards from the PostSecret website sent in by people who anonymously reveal secrets from their past which they have never told to anyone, presenting a full range of emotions." Popular Culture May 2014 newsletter

Jan 17, 2014

This book is the result of a very cool social experiment. Often sad, at times humorous and throughout, very thought provoking. It was well worth spending the hour and a half it took to read.

bookfanatic1979 Sep 24, 2012

This only took me about an hour to read and I was amazed at what people will share when they know their identity is protected. Interesting, but I won’t be reading the next books.

SomethingClever Mar 29, 2011

Post Secret is awesome, you open the book and find yourself or someone you know.

loonylovesgood Dec 04, 2010

The PostSecret books are unlike any books I've ever read. They are fascinating and revealing!

Jul 14, 2010

very very interesting

Aug 19, 2008

Wow, PostSecret is great. I used to follow up on it weekly via its website and was excited to see a book release. Not only are these secrets/confessions very deep in many aspects, the forms they are sent in are also very pleasing.

Twoey Gray
Aug 19, 2008

This is an exceptional book that shows us all that our differences are what make us the same, that our weaknesses are what can make us strong, and that pain and joy can go hand in hand. A beautiful art showcase as well as a healing experience, the deepest, darkest secrets of these anonymous individuals will teach you that you are not alone. What an outstanding message.


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Twoey Gray
Aug 19, 2008

I tell everyone I'm allergic to cucumbers. I'm not. But now I'm scared to eat them. Because I even told myself.

Twoey Gray
Aug 19, 2008

People think I've stopped lying, but I've just gotten better at it.

Twoey Gray
Aug 19, 2008

I understand that sometimes when we believe we are keeping a secret, that secret is actually keeping us.


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Apr 25, 2018

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Aug 19, 2008

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Twoey Gray
Aug 19, 2008

Coarse Language: Swear words appear at occasional points in the book.

Twoey Gray
Aug 19, 2008

Sexual Content: Some inappropriate references and experiences are shared.


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