Found: The Best Lost, Tossed and Forgotten Items from Around the World

Found: The Best Lost, Tossed and Forgotten Items from Around the World

by Davy Rothbart

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Overview

A collection of Found magazine’s best lost, tossed, and forgotten items, Found offers a fascinating glimpse into other people’s lives.

Discarded valentines. Ransom notes. To-do lists. Diaries. Homework assignments. A break-up letter written on the back of an airsickness bag. Whether they are found on buses, at stores, in restaurants, waiting rooms, parking lots, or even prison yards, these items give readers an uncensored, poignant, and often hilarious peek into other people's lives. By collecting them in his hit magazine, Found (and its companion website, www.foundmagazine.com), Davy Rothbart has bewitched the nation with a surprising window into its heart and soul and turned his many readers into an army of sharp-eyed finders.

Found is chock-full of the latest and greatest of these finds, arranged in the style of the magazine, laying bare the tantalizing tales to be discovered in the trash we toss. By turns heartbreaking and hysterically funny, Found is a mesmerizing tribute to everyday life and our eternal curiosity about our fellow human beings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743251143
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 04/27/2004
Edition description: Original
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Davy Rothbart is the author of the national bestseller Found, and creator of the magazine of the same name. A contributor to public radio's This American Life, he is also the author of the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

What People are Saying About This

David Sedaris

A fascinating and compelling collection that will break your heart.

Ira Glass

The last time we took our radio show on the road, I watched Davy read some of these notes and bring down the house every place we went. Men and women, young and old, two thousand people at a time, everyone went nuts. The lost scraps of writing in this book are perfect short stories. (host of This American Life)

Dave Eggers

The extreme pleasure this magazine brings is really hard to explain, and the more we try to analyze it, the more troubling our enjoyment might become. (author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius )

Drew Barrymore

I love Found!

Sarah Vowell

Writers resent Found. How would you feel if you spent months and years slaving over stories when these talented rubberneckers can't seem to walk their dogs without tripping over one teensy epic after another? No fair! (author of "Take the Cannoli" and "The Partly Cloudy Patriot")

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Found: The Best Lost, Tossed and Forgotten Items from Around the World 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
name99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lightweight volume, of course, but definitely amusing.
Spoonbridge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ever since coming across this book, I¿ve been obsessed. The hilarious, the horrifying, and the heart wrenching accounts of the wonders of everyday life, fresh from the streets where they were abandoned has struck some kind of cord with me, and now I frequent the Found Magazine website, have searched out back issues of Found Magazine, and am amassing my own collection of unique documents left by who knows who (Who IS Steve? one asks, and no answer is given). I can really say that this book has helped look at other people in a new light, giving me a new sense of empathy towards humanity. Everyone loves, everyone feels pain, and this collection provides a perfect way to view the human condition.
INTPLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Probably would have loved it, but there were too many entries that had handwriting that was too difficult to read. I got frustrated with that.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I don't read non-fiction all that often, but I was intrigued by FOUND when it was nominated as a 2007 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. And I'm very glad I picked up a copy!

FOUND is, quite simply, a book filled with notes, letters, lists, pictures, and other miscellaneous items that have been found--either in the trash, on a sidewalk, stuck on a windshield, or just about anywhere else--that people have sent to the editors of FOUND Magazine for inclusion.

There is no real index to allow you to search for specific found items, but you can search by state. It doesn't really matter, though, because once you get started, you'll want to read the entire book. There are found items ranging from the funny, to the heartbreaking, to the downright insane ramblings of someone who obviously needs medication.

Some of my personal favorites include:

THIS PHASE OF YOURS found in Hoffman Estates, IL
FIND GOD, START DRINKING found in Lincoln, NE
MY OWN PRIVATE LIBRARY found in Casper, WY
AARON'S ALGEBRA TEST found in Portland, ME

This is definitely an informative and funny read. I'm looking forward to the release of FOUND II on May 2nd, which should be very educational, indeed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't read non-fiction all that often, but I was intrigued by FOUND when it was nominated as a 2007 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. And I'm very glad I picked up a copy! FOUND is, quite simply, a book filled with notes, letters, lists, pictures, and other miscellaneous items that have been found--either in the trash, on a sidewalk, stuck on a windshield, or just about anywhere else--that people have sent to the editors of FOUND Magazine for inclusion. There is no real index to allow you to search for specific found items, but you can search by state. It doesn't really matter, though, because once you get started, you'll want to read the entire book. There are found items ranging from the funny, to the heartbreaking, to the downright insane ramblings of someone who obviously needs medication. Some of my personal favorites include: THIS PHASE OF YOURS found in Hoffman Estates, IL FIND GOD, START DRINKING found in Lincoln, NE MY OWN PRIVATE LIBRARY found in Casper, WY AARON'S ALGEBRA TEST found in Portland, ME This is definitely an informative and funny read. I'm looking forward to the release of FOUND II on May 2nd, which should be very educational, indeed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutely loved the idea of this book & also loved the book. i loved reading the pieces from notes and old photos. i feel like it gives you a glimpse of other people's history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was one of the most random and hilarious books that i have read in my whole life. i live near ann arbor, were the author is from, and it inspired me to pick up random things from off the street and read them, and maybe send them in to the magazine, which he also publishes.