A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book

A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book

by Frank Warren


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New York Times Bestseller

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061238604
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 10/09/2007
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 249,250
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.25(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Frank Warren started PostSecret as a community art project where he invited total strangers to anonymously mail in their secrets on a homemade postcard. This simple act sparked a global phenomenon. Frank has received over 1 million secrets in his mailbox with more arriving every day but Sunday. PostSecret.com has won seven Webby Awards and is the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world. The postcards have been curated for five New York Times bestselling books and have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the American Visionary Art Museum. Frank has traveled the world sharing secrets and stories from Australia to the White house. There is a PostSecret album, a PostSecret TED Talk and a PostSecret Play on tour. In 2011 Frank was awarded the ‘HopeLine Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his work on suicide prevention and was invited to the White House to work on issues of mental wellness. Frank lives in Germantown, Maryland, with his wife and daughter.

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Lifetime of Secrets 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
countrylife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an art book, beautiful in the incredibly creative talents from many unknown hands, who each sent an anonymous postcard revealing innermost secrets to a website called PostSecret. It seems that it is also supposed to be somewhat like a book of therapy. Aside from a mention on the jacket flap, The PostSecret project also received a special award from the national Mental Health Association for raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention., the book does not discuss suicide prevention. So the many postcards from the adolescent section discussing suicide and cutting, I frankly found disturbing. Was my generation that narcissistic in our youth? Or does a project like this kind, naturally pull narcissists. Viewing the book as a stand-alone, having never seen the website, it almost seems to me that reading about other people thinking those same thoughts might give impetus to action, rather than serve as a prevention. On the other hand, reading some of the words expressed by the senders, you get the sense that just expressing them could be somewhat healing in a way, as is seeing that they are not alone in their feelings. Postcards from senders in the adulthood and maturity sections covered topics that were not unexpected, and showed the secret having been lived with.This is a book that caught my eye at the library, but I don't see myself seeking out any of the rest of the series. It gives someone, even one without such secrets, something to think about, and books like this may be a good vehicle for that. Although I'm still not sure what I think about it as suicide prevention, it was very nicely arranged and assembled. (3.4 stars)
kanata on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The postsecret website is one of the ones I faithfully check every Sunday and so I looked forward to this book a lot. I find that the secrets were not as poignant as the ones on the site. However, the organization of the secrets and the time line they are set in was a wonderful addition.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been reading PostSecret religiously for years, but this is the first of Frank's books that I have ever read. Overall, I was just as moved by the secrets as I usually am, but I'm not sure I would have purchased the book if I hadn't attended a PostSecret event and had the opportunity to get Frank's autograph. I don't say this because the secrets weren't funny, depressing, inspirational, and powerful - they certainly were - but it just went by too quickly. I tried to read it a little every week, savoring and contemplating each secret, but then suddenly I was on the last page. I greatly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who would like to read something that truly speaks to the human condition, but the Sunday secrets are just as satisfying, don't cost a cent, and won't come to an end, at least for a while longer.
JNSelko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not up to par with his earlier releases, there seems to be a bit of made-up stuff sneaking in, especially of the salacious variety, and specifically telling (supposedly) "True" tales second-hand. Disappointing, but I will still surely get the next POST SECRET book that comes out.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Continuing in his series of books based on the PostSecret website, author Warren here compiles the postcards he received that dealt with long-lasting secrets, those that affected the senders for the rest of their lives (hence the title). The postcards are roughly organized by the age of the sender (or the age of the sender when the event described occurred), moving along from young children (in the 5-10 age range) to older adults (in their 60s and 70s). Once again, the secrets contained on the postcards express a wide range of experiences and emotions, ranging from the uplifting to the depressing. Another book that is virtually impossible to put down once started, its images will haunt the reader long after the book is closed.
Anagarika-Sean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's hard to decide which one of the PostSecret books I like the best.
specialibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is full of postcards sent to the editor, Frank Warren, from all over the world. People write a secret to get is out of their heads, off of their backs, out of their systems. The cards are often funny, but some are truly oppressively sad. This really is like reading someone's diary. Teens will love the reality talk show voyeurism of the cards.
pratchettfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of postcards from all over the world containing the secrets of ordinary people. Reading it I felt inspired, sad, glad, amused, bewildered... A couple of the secrets really stuck in my head and made me reconsider the way I'm currently handling some situations. They inspired me to move on and to look forward to the surprises life had in store for me.
serendipitous17 More than 1 year ago
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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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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Natalie_Ann_Reads More than 1 year ago
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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