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Author: Frank Warren / Format: Hardback / Genre: Humour / Subcategory: Humour Collections & Anthologies /Title: PostSecret / ISBN 13: 9780752883069 / ISBN 10: 0752883069 / 288 Pages / Book is published 2006-11-02 by Orion / Alternative title: PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives / Alternative ISBN 10: 0752875981

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      10.12.2012 19:50
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      An interesting conversation piece, an informative look inside the human heart

      The Postsecret Project began in 2005 and is an ongoing community art project (according to Wikipedia) founded by Frank Warren. Through the website, users are invited to anonymously submit a secret on a homemade postcard which may then be chosen and featured on the website update every week, known as Sunday Secrets. The project was featured in an All American Rejects music video, there was a nod towards it in a CSI: NY episode, as well as obvious repercussions in real life, namely exhibitions featuring the postcards travelling all across the U.S., accompanied by Frank Warren speaking at college campuses around the country. Along with those, Frank Warren has also published several books' worth of Secrets, the first being "Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives".

      Secrets range from the mundane ("I can't stand my college roommate") to the sad ("I have never been anyone's first choice") and the shocking ("I was molested") to the relatable ("I drool...a lot"). There are various levels of creativity involved in the making of the secrets, and likewise, there is variety in the way the secrets are presented - some are blown up to a full page, some share pages with other secrets. The book is hardback, and is in a format similar to that of a child's flipbook. This suits the experience of reading the secrets, as it reads naturally whether you sit down and take in the whole book at once, or read it slowly, ruminating on a secret a day, for example. Unlike "MySecret", the second PostSecret book, there are no quotes interspersed throughout, which improves the flow of the book, but may be missed by others.

      For a gift, this is a unique one that almost everyone can enjoy, especially teenagers and those who suffer from social isolation in any form, as almost every secret has something relatable about it that resonates within the reader - whether a funny secret about farting in public or a darker secret about considering suicide. Of course, this will also go down well with anthropology students and pure voyeurs too.

      Postsecret has also received criticism in the past, some of which I believe is well-founded. For many years the Postsecret blog failed to archive past updates, almost forcing fans to buy the books, but there is now a fan-run Postsecret archival project. For one, the author does not produce any new material but simply collects and rearranges the works of others, who, because of their anonymity, cannot be credited or paid for their contribution. Personally, I believe that Frank Warren should donate the proceeds of these books to charity, but alas, this is not a perfect world. Whether take the cynical view of it or not, the books are at least worth a read, but perhaps not something you'd return to again and again to relive the glory of.

      Whatever your opinion of the Postsecret Project, this book is a sliver of humanity in its rawest form - sometimes beautiful, sometimes sad, sometimes gross, but always striving upwards. I hope that who submitted secrets, now living in a "post-secret" state (if you will), that they are doing well.

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        17.02.2012 23:53
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        A real interesting unique book with secrets you could or couldn't believe

        A couple of years ago, I think around 3, I was introduced to the website www.postsecret.blogspot.com through just browsing around different sites. This website really stood out to me, as it was so simple yet effective. It's updated every Sunday, usually without fail, and is a great thing to just browse on a lazy weekend and ever since I began reading it, I have kept up to date with it weekly. I purchased the book they created at £10 from a comic book store oddly enough, however you can find it easily on Amazon.

        The website consists of secrets that people mail into Frank Warren, usually on a postcard that they have designed or edited themselves. These secrets can be shocking, controversial, saddening, humourous, happy with some you can relate to and others you can't. All the secrets sent in are anonymous and made by strangers. However, recently as it has got more popular, I wonder if some of them created were just made to get onto the website.

        Postsecret then released a printed collage of secrets that were unpublished on the website. It is an amazing collection of secrets, with great art work and a good look into different people and their emotions, feelings and secrets. Some of the secrets really can be classed as works of art, some are really intricately designed, others are so simple, yet they really do stick in your mind.

        There must be at least 200 secrets in this book, and all are presented on one page and of quite a decent size. The pages are of amazing quality, they almost resemble card so you don't have to worry about them breaking or becoming dog eared. The book itself comes as a hardback, and protrudes out from all the others in my bookshelf due to the fact that it is wider horizontally than it is vertically. This has made it of interest to friends and family who go past my bookshelf, as it is usually the one they pick out first to page through. In the time that I have had this book, it hasn't become damaged at all, making it well worth the price that I paid for it.

        I would definitely say that you wouldn't just read this book once, as it is so pretty that you'll find yourself browsing through it again and again. The secrets included in this book definitely are a work of art. This is a great purchase, and you can look at the Postsecret website, if you are unsure if this purchase is for you.

        I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the human mind, secrets or art - as this book contains all three. It is of great quality and I am glad that I have it as a part of my book collection, it is well worth the price you pay for it. Postsecret has really made a book that is unique and interesting, setting it aside from everyone else.

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        28.08.2010 11:09
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        Reading other peoples secrets, what's not to like?

        **What is Postsecret?**
        Postsecret started off as an art project by Frank Warren. He left blank postcards around his cityasking people to anonyously write their secrets on them and post them to him. Due to the anonymity people were able to write their deepest, darkest secrets. Frank was apparently surpirised when the postcards just kept coming and coming.
        Frank began an online blog displaying selections of the postcards he had received, updating on a weekly basis.
        Postsecret soon became a phenomenon, with thousands of cards being sent displaying secrets, most of which are also decorated by the sender.

        **So if it's online, why is there a book?**
        Due to it's online sucess, Frank published this book in 2005. It contains a selection of secrets chosen by Frank, from the funny to the obscure.

        **Is it any good then?**
        Well, yes and no. It certainly delivers in that it shows secrets that had never been published on the blog. There are some touching secrets which brought me to tears and some which touhed home with me. Of course there are some which I simply read and flicked past. I'm not sure what it is about having the secrets in a book but I think I prefer the online blog that updates every week, bringing up new secrets and letting old ones disappear into the darkness in the way that most secrets do.

        A positive point to the book is that some of the proceeds were donated by Frank Warren to the suicide helpline which he features on his website. This in itself made buying the book an easier decision when you see how many people's secrets contain suicidal thoughts, it's nice to know that something you can do can help provide a lifeline for them.
        Now that the book has been out a while the price has gone down and many people are selling theirs on amazon/ebay for cut prices.

        I would overall recommend Postsecret to people however some people don't seem to "get it" thinking it's weird to display secrets like that, but I think it is almost empowering.

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        04.08.2009 02:54
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        Check out the website, if you enjoy it then you'll enjoy the book.

        Five years ago I was sent the link to the website www.postsecret.blogspot.com by a friend and although over these 5 years I've lost touch with the friend I've never stopped checking post secret (althought it's changed a lot over that time.)

        Frank Warren (the projects created) created the site for strangers to create and post anon postcards containing their darkest secrets. Each Sunday he posts new ones, they can shock me, they can make me laugh and some are even scarily on the head. But every week there's a least one or two I save to my file in order to look back on.

        This book is a printed collage of secrets unpublished on the website. It's a beautiful collection of original art work and secrets, a true insight into the human pysche. When I first discovered Post Secret it was before it had become as popular is it is now, as a result I sometimes feel that some of the secrets now posted online are solely created to be posted online rather than sent in as part of a healing process. A secret shared is a burden shared, even if done anon.

        This book is worth a purchase even just as a coffee table book, it's pretty to look at and an interesting conversation piece.

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        03.07.2008 22:49

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        A great book from a brilliant website

        Since I first discovered the post secret website, I have been addicted to reading people's secrets. When I found out there had been a post secret book released I had to buy it immediately.

        Post secret by Frank Warren doesn't disappoint, it has the same sincerity as the website. And includes the same heartwarming secrets. The secrets show human nature at it's best, showing the truth of people's lives and feelings.

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

        The amazing response is seen in the book it has all kind of secrets.

        Amusing ones like, 'I love to pee when I'm swimming'.

        Sad ones like, 'I'm jealous of her baby'.

        There are many more secrets to read, buy the book and delve into the lives of thousands of people!

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