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Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World (FOUND Magazine)

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Turtleback Books (first published April 19th 2004)
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Kim
I don’t know about you, (really, I don’t) but when I was little, I was one of those kids that LOVED finding stuff. Especially if it was on the ground, with a few shoe prints embedded in it, maybe torn, OOH! Gum wrappers!
Anything shiny set off a Pavlovian response and I’d scamper towards it gleefully. Fastened to a gutter? No problem. Sticky? Bring it on. Drifting across a busy street? Set me free.

Now, my Mom… Oh, yeah.. Mom. I think I gave her a mini cardiac infarction every time I dropped her
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Valerie
The bad news about this book is that it looks like it was made on a copy machine (and not a very good one). I'm sure that was supposed to be part of the charm, but still - it's a bit rough. The good news is that you can get past that pretty quickly just checking out all the scraps, lists and notes that the author has collected. He's the creator of Found Magazine, and this book represents some of the best finds over the years, all "litter" or found material gathered by the author himself or submi ...more
Jeremy
There's nothing I enjoy more than reading things that are none of my business. Each and every time I've encountered somebody's diary in my life, I've picked it up and flipped through, and ten times out of ten the contents are far more compelling than a bookcase full of acclaimed literary classics. Yes, I will read your diary, if you leave it lying around. I'm just that good a friend. Now that tiny locks and keys and lame hiding places have been replaced by a simple click of the mouse for the mos ...more
Tristy
You might not believe this, but I literally FOUND this book today on the street. I was already a big fan of FOUND the zine but I just couldn't bring myself to pay $14 for the book (I know - I'm a terrible person). Low and behold, there it was, in close to perfect condition, on Liberty Street in Petaluma, CA, lying next to a dead plant and an old, broken juicer. If I were a smart cookie, I would have taken a photo, to capture this genius moment, but I was so excited to find this book that I had b ...more
Jay
Mar 23, 2007 Jay rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who believe one man's trash is another man's treasure
I know I'm in the minority, but I had a real problem with Found. The actual "found" content is entertaining, but the layout of the pages was atrocious (lots of photo-ready pages with intentionally visible Scotch tape to mimic the aesthetic of the concept). I had a hard time getting past that. The commentaries that "finders" submitted was equally distracting and unnecessary. I felt the "found" notes, letters, etc. would be more special without knowing the who, what, when, where, and why of how th ...more
HeavyReader
I got this book at the Spring '09 Friends of the Library book sale. SCORE!

This book has really great stuff in it: notes of love, notes of anger, letters that will break the heart, shopping lists, lists of things to do, photographs, art by kids and art by adults, interviews (including one with Lynda Barry, who is one of my heroes), stories, and lots more.

I love finding stuff. I love hearing about/reading about stuff other folks have found. This book is awesome!
Lily
Jul 18, 2008 Lily rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PostSecret fans, pack rats
This book was fun to read. Some of the notes made me laugh, some made me cry. Most all of them made me frustrated about the American public's inability to write proper English. Davy himself seems like a pretty annoying person -- his affected gangsta commentary seemed out of keeping with the overall effect of the book. But the interviews were interesting -- I liked getting more background on some of the finds. Definitely worth flipping through.
Kevin
Oct 05, 2008 Kevin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have short attention spans; people who are pooping
This book was interesting, and there were times when I got a good laugh out of the found stuff. The problem is, some of the letters sent in were hard to read (bad handwriting), or just so long that after the first 2 or 3, I decided that I'd just skip them altogether.

All in all, it's a good book for when you need something quick and easy to look at... like while you're taking a shit.
Kristen
I love the concept of this book- Davy Rothbart made a 'zine of cut-and-pasted items people find anywhere. Out of context, the items are often hilarious and poignant. My millenial brain finds it difficult to read handwriting though, so I skipped over some notes/lists/letters that were written too sloppily. My loss, though, I'm sure.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I had been reading this off and on and finally finished it. I really liked the idea and am now on the look out for any left notes/letters that I might find. Nothing so far. Oh well. Except a magnet (which I collect) and a key. Nothing juicy as a dear john letter or boring as a grocery list.
Sendie P
I have gotten this book in an effort to "discover" a jewel such as PostSecret.

Unfortunately, I have found myself going over numerous pages while reading this book and oftentimes thought that the items found were boring.
Abby
I'm really enjoying this book. I can't help scanning the pages looking for something I wrote as a kid. Very interesting stuff and a fun book to pick up and look thru when you just want a little something to read.
Mike
Not heavy reading by any means... But the first note I opened it to said "It Stayed on the grill BITCH." I am now addicted.

God almighty, WHAT IS THE CONTEXT for that note???
Laura
Sep 22, 2007 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
entertaining, emotional, and sometimes haunting...take a peek into the lives of people around the world by just taking a peek at their trash...
Emily
May 23, 2014 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hoarders and nosy people :)
Recommended to Emily by: Elizabeth
I liked the concept of this book: People send in letters, notes, photos, and other bits and pieces that they've found and send them in to FOUND magazine (http://foundmagazine.com/)
Some of the letters and notes in the books were interesting, but I skimmed over all the interviews with avid-finders because the text type and layout just wasn't appealing enough to read. This book is, for the most part, a good book for when you don't feel like concentrated reading, however some of the letters are quit
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Brad
There is voyeurism and mystery in Found, laugh-out-loud hilarity and tragedy too. For the most part this collection is well-curated with only a small amount of mundane to keep the rest honest. It makes a point to place similar objects together, but also to make unlikely pairings as well. The best part: Because Found's contents were never intended to be public, it effectively subtracts any possible exhibitionism, an unwanted trait that sometimes enters the world of similar community art projects- ...more
Arminzerella
This book is addictive. I found it on a list of books for reluctant readers, and thought it sounded interesting. I thought it would contain all sorts of found stuff – you know like the found art movement where you go out into the world and find stuff and then use that in your art. This was a bit different. It has mostly letters, scraps of paper, lists, pictures, drawings, and photographs, along with commentary from people who found these things about where they found them and stories that go alo ...more
Jenni
I liked the book because Davy Rothbart is from Ann Arbor and many of the finds are from Michigan; I'm always down for supporting the local home team, so to speak. That said, it's difficult to "read" and becomes somewhat tedious. The book, itself, is like a scavenger hunt, which is cool in a way, but after a few pages the collage of found "stuff" that each page holds can also be overwhelming. I guess it's best to look at the book in short bursts just a few pages at a time, which would make it the ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

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.

Th
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Merrin
Sometimes, it is AMAZING the ideas that people have that make them money. In the "oh man, WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THIS FIRST!?" kind of way. See, basically, this guy picks up trash. For a living. Even better, he has other people pick up trash and mail it to him.

Davy Rothbart put a magazine together, basically a scrap book of scraps of paper, notes, drawings, signs, etc that he found. this book is basically a best of the best collection. And it is FASCINATING. Seriously. It's like digging through
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carrietracy
It's not hard to see why people like this book. After all we're a country that loves its reality TV. And that's what this is, in book form. It reminded me both of Was She Pretty? and PostSecret Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives, both of which I enjoyed more. I found it very hard to read, especially in terms of deciphering handwriting and making sense of snippets of text and poorly written pieces. It has the feel of something that should be quickly read, but is too dense to breeze thr ...more
Emily Mellow
I don't even know which category to place this marvelous book, but I absolutely loved it. It's a great book to share with someone; I wanted to show almost every page to Nik, who picked it up to browse anytime he saw it lying around. It's the kind of book you can read from any page you open to, but I think it's best cover-to-cover. I didn't want to miss a thing.
It's a collection of found letters, notes, drawings, and photos. Everything packed with meaning and mystery, everything created for some
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Angela
I am reading this slowly...fascinating read actually. Amazing the things/notes especially/ that get found. But I wanted to be sure to note page 83 - a note reading "It Devours From Beneath" was found. The folks at the magazine (now book) decided it was a small craft warning, and have a lovely photo of a giant fish about to eat a small fishing boat -- but really --- for Buffy Fans, we of course know this is a reference to Season 7 -- the last TV season of Buffy. Kinda cool really.

I was not overly
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Spoonbridge
Sep 11, 2014 Spoonbridge rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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 he ...more
Julie
This is a fascinating book. It is a collection of items that have been found and sent to the Found Magazine. Most of the items are notes and are hilarious! The first one, the one that started the whole thing, was a note left on his car but was meant for someone else. This is what it said, "Dear Mario, I f*ing hate you. You said you had to work then whys your car HERE at HER place?? You are a f*ing liar. I hate yu. I f*ing hate you. Amber P.S. Page me later" They do not know Mario and thought the ...more
Aimee
Dec 04, 2007 Aimee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who derives a thrill from reading something that doesn't belong to them
When I found "Found" magazine several years back. It was like discovering King Tut's burial site (to paraphrase from my favorite film). I have always loved reading notes I had found in school, charting the progress of a conversation on a bathroom stall, getting an odd picture of people I don't know in my film development, and I am currently enjoying the journal musings of the 6 year olds in my class. Its these mini treasures that tell me that a. God exists and b. God has a sense of humor. Found ...more
Peacegal
The Washington Post calls Found a “treasury of trash, a wonderfully weird collection.” I can think of no better way to describe this intriguing book, which is a collection of “lost, tossed, and forgotten” notes, flyers, and photographs on every imaginable subject. Some hilarious, some poignant—all are worth preserving.

I’m giving this book five stars for the presence of the “Loss Cat” alone—my very favorite item in the found universe. Every time I see the little scamp, I can’t stop giggling unco
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Laura
Overall, I think this book was longer than it needed to be. A lot of the found objects are pretty uninteresting and could have been removed. I found myself slogging through some pretty boring items before hitting onto ones that I had a strong reaction to. That being said, I was struck to the core by some of the things I found between the covers including a letter to a soon-to-be aborted fetus. My favorite was a note that simply said "Everything will be all right" which had been taped to a turnst ...more
melydia
This book is kind of amazing. Yes, it's filled with assorted found items (mostly handwritten notes), but what gets me is how it looks like the whole thing was laid out by hand and photocopied, like a higher-quality version of a zine. It's also not the sort of thing you can just casually flip through. I found myself repeatedly sucked into the stories of these strangers, at times sad and hilarious and maddening - sometimes simultaneously. It's inspired me to look down from time to time to see what ...more
Tanya
This is not at all what I was expecting. I thought I was going to read about interesting objects that had turned up around the globe. Instead it was a collection of found notes and pictures - mostly crass. I came across a few humorous things in the 20 or so pages I glanced through, but the majority of the notes were full of bad spelling, bad grammar, bad language, and were altogether crude and unappealing. I imagine I would have found more interesting things if I had persisted through the book, ...more
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Davy Rothbart's magazine Found is dedicated to discarded notes, letters, flyers, photos, lists, and drawings found and sent in by readers. The magazine spawned a best-selling book, Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World, published in April 2004. A second collection was published in May 2006. The magazine is published annually and co-edited by Rothbart's friend Jaso ...more
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