A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book

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The award-winning PostSecret project's most profound and stunning postcards to date

For the past three years Frank Warren has invited people of all backgrounds and nationalities to send him creatively decorated postcards bearing secrets they have never before revealed. He has shared these PostSecrets on his award-winning blog, www.PostSecret.com, in an internationally traveling art exhibit, and in three electrifying books: the bestselling ...

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Overview

The award-winning PostSecret project's most profound and stunning postcards to date

For the past three years Frank Warren has invited people of all backgrounds and nationalities to send him creatively decorated postcards bearing secrets they have never before revealed. He has shared these PostSecrets on his award-winning blog, www.PostSecret.com, in an internationally traveling art exhibit, and in three electrifying books: the bestselling PostSecret, My Secret, and The Secret Lives of Men and Women.

Now, in his most extraordinary book yet, Warren again delves into our collective confessions, presenting a never-before-seen selection of provocative and moving PostSecrets. A Lifetime of Secrets lays bare our private fears, hopes, regrets, and desires, from people as young as eight and as old as eighty. From painful admissions of infidelity to breathtaking revelations and endearing sentiments, Warren’s latest collection will shock and move readers of every age, revealing secrets that have haunted their creators for a lifetime.

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Editorial Reviews

Salon.com
“You’re bound to feel, after reading these things, something like a deity on the receiving end of the world’s prayers.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Warren has tapped something mystical.”
Los Angeles Times
“Frank Warren gives the postcard unexpected lucency by reproducing hundreds of cards from an ongoing public art project … .”
Washington Post
“Standing in the midst of all this naked shame, guilt, anger and, yes, hope, you’re suddenly not so alone.”
USA Today
“[The postcards] are mini-works of art. All of them are riveting …”
time.com
“A fascinating public airing of private thoughts. . . The range of efforts (meticulous, sloppy, artful, ponderous) will astound you.”
– TIME.com
“A fascinating public airing of private thoughts. . . The range of efforts (meticulous, sloppy, artful, ponderous) will astound you.”
– A contributor on Postsecret.com
“Humanity at its finest . . . And because of it I am falling in love with the world again.”
TIME.com
"A fascinating public airing of private thoughts. . . The range of efforts (meticulous, sloppy, artful, ponderous) will astound you."
Washington Post
“Standing in the midst of all this naked shame, guilt, anger and, yes, hope, you’re suddenly not so alone.”
Los Angeles Times
“Frank Warren gives the postcard unexpected lucency by reproducing hundreds of cards from an ongoing public art project … .”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Warren has tapped something mystical.”
USA Today
“[The postcards] are mini-works of art. All of them are riveting …”
Salon.com
“You’re bound to feel, after reading these things, something like a deity on the receiving end of the world’s prayers.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061238604
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 198,414
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Warren is a small business owner who started PostSecret.com as a community art project. Since November 2004 Warren has received more than 150,000 anonymous postcards. The website won two Webby Awards in 2006 and this year was named Weblog of the Year at the Seventh Annual Weblog Awards. The PostSecret project also received a special award from the National Mental Health Association for raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention. Warren lives in Germantown, Maryland, with his wife and daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2008

    totally addicting

    I absolutely LOVED this book, along with the blog. In one way, you find at least one, if not several, than you can relate to... so you don't feel alone. And the bad ones, as sad as they can get, can also make you realize how good your life really is and puts life in perspective, while the uplifting ones show there is still good in the world. I'm very much addicted, couldn't put the book down, definitely will buy others. :o)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    As I flipped through the pages of 'A Lifetime of Secrets', I couldn¿t help but see myself on so many pages - childhood and adult secrets from my past flood the pages, and it¿s a truly emotional journey to read through each secret, sometimes feeling empathy, other times, sadness, heartbreak, and, best of all, hope. One particular secret that strikes me in the book is a postcard that has the simple word ¿someday¿ written on it. Nothing is explained, and somehow, nothing has to be ¿ within that one word is hope, and it seems to sum up A Lifetime of Secrets for me. Beyond our heart-wrenching secrets there is hope for everyone, young or old. We can laugh at some secrets, shudder at others, our hearts may break for some, and yet through it all, at the end of the book, there is hope. The juxtaposition of each secret with another is often ironic, funny, or enlightening. A girl feels ugly in high school and would give anything to be beautiful, while another girl looks back and realizes she was beautiful the whole time. Bright colors contrast with more muted tones, and the final piece of work is a blend of so many voices, pretty much a symphony of secrets. The book shows people at their weakest, most sensitive, and strongest. I would strongly urge everyone to pick it up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    Frank did it again!!

    I find myself lost as i turn the pages of the book. Each secret reveal its deepest and darkest secret. I want to tell everyone who had send their secrets that its really brave of them to do so. Reveal such secrets to rest of the world. Amazingly i found somes of my secret in the book, i feel like i'm not alone anymore and there is people in the world who have the same fear as i am. I really recommended everyone to buy this book, you'll be supprise to see yourself in one of the secret in the book. Maybe is not your secret, but maybe is one of your desire or regrets. I found myself feeply understood the secret within me. I have never send out any of my secret but as the same time there are fews of the secrets just like mines. So i consider set myself free into the book.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    Better than Ever!

    THIS is what I've been waiting for! A real, heartfelt, and thick book like the first PostSecret book that I can sit awhile with a cup of coffee and enjoy all day long. Some will make you laugh, and some will bring tears to your eyes, but you can't help but feel alive with these people and a part of their lives that they have brought open to you as you're reading their secrets. It's a great work of art and a great keepsake for your coffee table to share with friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2010

    You Are Not Alone!

    Frank Warren has provided the world with a skillfully thoughtful reminder that we are not alone in our anger, fears or even our pride. Pick up anyone in the series and you will be amazed. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness. Given the chance, it will change your life.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    amazing series with another amazing book!

    i have another book from post secret, and they keep getting better and better! never a let down, an eye opening and sometimes sad yet beautiful book :) 100000% recommend it!

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  • Posted December 25, 2009

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    Great Gift

    I love Post Secret books. It's amazing how touching and relatable they are, yet at the same time, how funny they are. It held my attention for the hour I spent reading it and I know I will go back and read it many more times. Post Secret books make excellent gifts and are great to have in the living room to start conversation. Anyone can relate to these. The only complaint I have with this particular Post Secret collection is that you have to constantly turn the book sideways because of how the post cards are laid out.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Return was difficult/Book is terrific

    My daughter loves the book so much, she purchased another one in the series. However, when I purchased this for Christmas, I learned Grandma had already purchased the same book for her already.

    After receiving an email telling me the shipment was delayed, offering me a link to cancel the order, I selected the link to do so; however, I received what appeared to be an auto-generated msg telling me oops, I could not cancel as it was already in process.

    A day after ... I received another email apologizing for the delay in shipping and the book might arrive by Christmas, so I contacted B&N Customer Service phone line to return the book.

    Finally, we arrived at the conclusion, I could return at the local store, but to get credit for the shipping, I had to call Customer Service again after the book was returned.

    Bottom line ... daughter is happy with book from Grandma, I received credit for book and shipping after two emails, two phone calls and a trip to the local store, which I felt was a bit much just to return a book, which was offered to cancel via email but rejected when attempted to do so.

    Oh well, not going to stop me from returning to B&N.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    frank has created a masterpiece

    simply amazing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    It was great

    This book is sublime as a conversation starter or for a coffee table.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    ABSOLUTELY INSPIRED

    I was so inspired, in fact, that i sent a postsecret myself! see you in the next edition! lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2007

    here's a secret: this book is weird & depressing

    this book depressed me. I wish first that I had not bought it, I wish second that I had not read it. Made me feel dirty just reading the things people wrote, but I read it anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    Postsecret is amazinggg.

    I loved & enjoyed reading all of the Postsecret books. They are so interesting & you just can't put them down. & they never get old no matter how many times you read them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    The Best Kept Secret

    For the past three years I have dedicated every Sunday to share a moment with others who might share my secrets. Frank Warren's art project offers much more than just a creative outlet, it has allowed so many people to come together in ways our society might have never thought possible. This third addition to an ongoing collection is much more fierce than before. This collection will bring you to tears, make you laugh, and maybe even squirm a little. If fate might have it's way, it may also bring you closer to your partner and loved ones. This book is a must-have for everyone. Support Frank Warren's efforts by purchasing this book. You won't regret it. (Mail in a postcard... It honestly does make you feel better.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    The PostSecret books are a refreshing reminder of the commonality of people in the world. Our mistakes, wishes, and struggles. In a world that is so media-obessed, it is nice to give voice to 'all the other people.' While reading the secrets, you can't help connect to those you share with others, and reflect on what you would write if you had to. Well done Mr. Warren!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2007

    i love it!

    i love postsecret books they make me feel so much better about myself. also some of the secrets are the same secrets i have. it makes me not feel so alone.

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