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Review: The World of PostSecret

January 6, 2015

The World of PostSecret

In 2004, Frank Warren handed out postcards and invited people to send in their secrets anonymously.  He had hoped to receive 365 secrets but, ten years later, he’s received over a million of them.  Warren publishes many of the secrets he receives on his PostSecret site which I find to be a fascinating peek into humanity.  In his latest book, The World of PostSecret, Warren shares some background on the projects, answers a few questions, tells a couple of stories, and, most importantly shares people’s deepest, darkest secrets.

The secrets in the book are grouped by category and are shared the way they came.  Sometimes the postcard or artwork chosen is just as telling as the secret is.  I’m sure letting go of these secrets is very  cathartic for those who write them and, somehow, it’s also freeing for those who read them because it makes you realize how alike we all really are.  Many of the secrets moved me – some of them made me laugh and others brought tears to my eyes.

The World of PostSecret isn’t a novel – it’s the type of book you dip in and out of – but I found it so fascinating I read it in a couple of days.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this book and highly recommend it.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
31 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2015 6:43 am

    this sounds really good Kathy.

  2. Beth F permalink
    January 6, 2015 6:44 am

    Wow, sounds fascinating. I’ve never heard of this book or the website.

  3. January 6, 2015 7:15 am

    I love PostSecret. I have the first book and love flipping through it. I’m definitely looking forward to this latest one. Such a great way to find out more about people. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  4. January 6, 2015 7:34 am

    When I first heard about the PostSecret project, I was fascinated. I’ve read one of the other books published showing some of the postcards. Some were shocking and sad and funny. I’ll be on the lookout for this book. Amazing that the postcards still come in to the author. Tana French’s new book, THE SECRET PLACE, has a board at a girls school where students share secrets (and that’s not a spoiler, it’s learned early on) and that made me think of the PostSecret site.

  5. January 6, 2015 8:46 am

    This sounds quite good.

    Thanks for sharing and for a great review.


  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 6, 2015 10:12 am

    I love the Post Secret books! It’s kinda like a Pinterest for people with painful pasts, warped minds, and broken hearts.

  7. January 6, 2015 11:22 am

    I love the idea of this books — sounds moving!

  8. January 6, 2015 11:29 am

    What an interesting concept for a book – I’m intrigued.

  9. January 6, 2015 12:41 pm

    My youngest daughter found this site online and borrowed the first book from a friend, read some and shared some with me. It is a mix of melancholy and inspiration and is a fun book to skim through or read on occasion.

  10. January 6, 2015 12:53 pm

    I like these kind of books that you can visit on and off.

  11. January 6, 2015 1:31 pm

    This sounds fascinating! I’m glad you enjoyed this book. I think I would also find it touching and entertaining.

  12. January 6, 2015 4:07 pm

    Hm, maybe, I like it

  13. January 6, 2015 4:39 pm

    sounds like I’d like it.

  14. January 6, 2015 4:46 pm

    This sounds great! I’ll have to checkout the website, too.

  15. January 6, 2015 4:58 pm

    I love Postsecret and I even had a friend who wrote her thesis on micro memoirs which is what she was calling these. So interesting!

  16. January 6, 2015 6:41 pm

    I wasn’t sure about this from the description, but you make it sound like a worthwhile read, Kathy. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  17. January 6, 2015 7:08 pm

    Wow, I would love to read this one! It sounds very engrossing and interesting! Like reading the condensed stories in reader’s digest.

  18. Jeane permalink
    January 6, 2015 9:28 pm

    I used to visit PostSecret a lot. I’m glad you reminded me of it!

  19. Patty permalink
    January 6, 2015 9:44 pm

    Wow…I just got list on that site reading the secrets…amazing…

  20. January 6, 2015 11:00 pm

    I agree about being cathartic

  21. January 6, 2015 11:27 pm

    This sounds so interesting… And different.

  22. January 7, 2015 1:49 pm

    I first learned about this years ago when my stepsister was gifted a similar book (there must be more than one out there?). I’ve been tempted to send in postcards every now and then. They are really fascinating!

  23. January 7, 2015 7:26 pm

    This really does sound fascinating. I hadn’t heard of PostSecret before.

  24. January 7, 2015 10:38 pm

    I think I’m going to have to add this to my wish list since I’m a postcard lover. Right now I;m reading a kids book and the story is told through postcards.

  25. January 8, 2015 10:35 am

    I remember when I first read about this project. Gosh, it was years ago but I remember that some of the postcards in the book were realllllly heavy and some very light and funny. There was one about killing someone by accident… you have to remind yourself that it’s not fiction.

  26. January 8, 2015 12:23 pm

    I had one of the first postsecret books and I kept it in the guest bathroom. . .when my 2nd girl moved off to college she took it with her. we all really enjoyed the cards and the secrets for the very same reason you stated ~ it helps just knowing someone else is going through the same thing

  27. January 8, 2015 8:39 pm

    I have forgotten to check that site in forever! Off to do so now! Oh, and add this book to my reading list.

  28. January 10, 2015 2:12 am

    I’ve wondered about this book! It sounds like a really good read.

  29. January 12, 2015 10:41 am

    I’ve always loved this project. I would love to get my hands on this book!

  30. January 17, 2015 1:19 pm

    I’ll have to check out this book. I’ve been visiting the PostSecret website for years. It is a fascinating project.

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