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A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  6,131 ratings  ·  371 reviews
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, in an internationally
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by William Morrow
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Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is why I'm a poor man....I never get ideas like this! Imagine a scheme in which you advertise for people to anonymously send you, at their expense, a postcard divulging their innermost secret(s). Then you sit back for a few days and wait for the postcards to come in, sort them, and publish the best ones in a series of books. Then hire a guard to escort you and your money to the bank.

I feel a little guilty counting this as a book read, as it was put out with a minimum of effort by the write
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fascinated observers and “spies”?; people who have secrets they long to share?
I’ve read one other Post Secret book before this, PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives and I think I liked this one a bit better. The structure of the postcards going through the lifespan, from children to older adults, worked well.

Some of these are poignant, some funny, some inspiring, some tragic, but most are a bit tame, and some seem obviously crafted for the purpose of this project.

I did identify with several of the secrets, and the one I enjoyed the most was the perso
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
the secrets in this book were arranged to represent a person's entire life span so it started out with secrets written by kids, or just juvenile seeming ones, and then ended with people in their old age or people contemplating old age.

it was a bit on the depressing side to be honest. not my favorite post secret book, but as always there were a few good ones that really resonated with me.

a couple of them made me laugh, one really grossed me out (a man in his fifties admitted to peeing in hotel s
Oct 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
If you've been living under a rock for the last few years, then let me catch you up on the basics of PostSecret.

1) I have a secret
2) I make a postcard with my secret written on it
3) I mail it to PostSecret
4) My secret might get posted on
5) My secret might also get posted in one of the PostSecret books
6) People around the world read my secret, and hopefully, people can relate.
7) Those people put their secrets onto postcards and it all continues.

This book is a collectio
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I struggle with how to classify this book. It's part memoir, part art, part sociology, part psychology, part voyeurism: a look into the most private lives of strangers. However you classify it, though, it's fascinating.

There are recurrent themes among these cards: infidelity, abuse, self-hatred, denial, and so forth, most of them sad or even tragic. I found myself crying many times like when I read the postcard with a picture of Stabler and Benson from Law & Order:SVU (sex crimes) and the capti
Holly Noelle

I'm kind of flabbergasted over this book. It's such a simple concept, but I love how well done it is. Essentially this book is made up of the secrets we know in our hearts but can never admit. People write them down on a postcard and submit them - this book is all of their secrets.

Some of them were funny. They were things like 'I can't help but shake up fizzy drinks' to 'I baptized my dog in my living room.'

Others were heartbreaking. They were things like 'I am preparing for a life alone' to
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
My husband picked this book up at the library after seeing an episode on a news show about I went through it a few pages at a time and it was at times amusing, at times sad and at times thought-provoking and anger-invoking. I wonder what happened to some of the people who sent in their secrets. There was even a folded up scrap of paper tucked in the book with a secret on it. Not sure if that was the publisher, the library or a reader. Although there's not a lot of "reading" invol ...more
Jan C
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, art, letters
I was in my guest room this afternoon, looked down and saw an unfamiliar book. I thought "what is this book?" It was a wonderful surprise.

The author requested true confessions. This was his fourth book.

It was just wonderful. Someone left a surprise in it. I see that the GR friend that I got it from (but in RL) also saw this surprise. I thought I would leave a bookmark with a nice quote from John Muir for someone else to find when I take this for re-sale ... eventually.
Tamara Lane
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a powerful project! Kudos, Mr. Warren. I hope the contributors of this book found some healing in the divulging of their secrets. It's upsetting to know there is so much heartache in the world. I'd like each secret teller to know Jesus is the ultimate healer. ...more
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone - we all have secrets
Of the 3 follow-ups to the original, this is my favorite. The other themes were teens, and relationships. This one spans a lifetime, hence the title.

I still think the secrets changed once people knew they may appear on a website or a book, but it's still amazing what people share, how I relate to some, cringe at others, and shed tears for even more.

At this stage there are people that are sharing e-mails and postcards that talk about how PostSecret has helped them come to terms with things, not
Lauren Watts
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
So I walked into my school library intending to pick up a few poetry books, but instead walked out with this one. My librarian insisted that I would like it. She was right. :)

This is different to what I usually read. It is full of secrets and drawings from real people. I loved how honest and raw it was. The best part though, was knowing real people actually wrote these and they weren't made up even a little bit. I love this postsecret program. It is pretty much free therapy... besides the money
Lauren Henderson
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is very cool. But very emotional. I love the way that it is organized from the beginning of childhood to the end of life. Some of these are funny, some liberating, and some extremely depressing. I loved the stories that some people emailed about their healing process after sharing their secret. So neat! Great, quick read!
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Got this for a $2 steal at the St. Andrew's Book Sale. ...more
Honor Grainger
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
A really interesting look into the lives of everyday people some are funny, some are tragic. Some even are relatable.
Karla Strand
I LOVE THIS BOOK. I have to be honest here; I had never heard of the PostSecret blog before but I checked this book out of my library and read it last night. It is phenomenal. The idea is that people send anonymous secrets on postcards to Frank Warren and then he has collected them as community art in books, exhibits, etc. One page would be heart wrenching and I would cry and then the next page was something that would cause me to laugh uncontrollably. I will defi ...more
May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Humans
Recommended to Alan by: Other humans, mostly anonymous
Even if you've never sent a postcard or email of your own to Frank Warren in Germantown, Maryland, your secrets probably appear in this or another of the PostSecret books (this is the fourth collection in the series). That's because, as even a cursory perusal will tell you, the secrets we hold close to our personal chests tend to be common ones. You'll recognize yourself on some of these pages—I can guarantee it. You may be surprised by this, but the appeal of this book is not so much to voyeuri ...more
Jun 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
For those who don't know, the concept of postsecret is that people write their (supposedly) deepest secrets on a postcard and mail them to the Frank Warren, the man who manages the website. Warren then sifts through them and posts new secrets online every Sunday. The idea is that people identify with others' secrets and in turn, feel more comfortable sharing their own. Warren has also made many generous donations to suicide prevention organizations.

I have followed the postsecret website (postsec
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
I sat in Chapters and read the whole thing cover to cover: guilty. I've seen on the blog how people often say they have found secrets in PostSecret books in store. I was surprise to find one in the copy I picked up. It read: "I'm suicidal and I cry every night. I feel better when I'm around books."

There is no way you can read a PostSecret book and not be touched by the humanity it contains. Some secrets I relate to, others are as foreign to me as I can imagine. All in all, I think the PostSecret
After finishing reading all the books published to this date, i couclude that ..

-Secrets are part of us

-they make who we are,but does not define us

- we are not nearly as odd as we think we are.. there will always be someone who shares that secret with you... and that.. makes you special.

-EVERYONE has secrets. may it be silly, insecurities, past wounds.. we are all entitled to them, and thats ok to have them..

-"there are two kind of secrets: those we keep from others and those we hide from ourse
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First of all, this book is absolutely beautiful. I read this a very long time ago, probably around the time it first came out. I remember going to my sisters room, since she's a big bookworm, and finding this exact book. I started looking through it, just looking at the pictures to be honest, but I eventually started to actually read it. This book is a very emotional book, although I didn't quite understand everything that was going on at that time due to it being published in 2007. But now that ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My 13-year old told me about this book. She said it was in her reading class and the whole class was basically lined up to read it next. Anyway, it sounded really neat to me so I got it for us to have at home. It's beautiful, sad, heartbreaking, funny, lovely, happy, and any other emotional response you could come up with. I love this idea. I loved this book. ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this while sitting by the pool. It would make a great beach read. I get too distracted when I read so at a pool or beach there's little reading with me. This kept my attention well enough to read it. ...more
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
an enitre book of secrets that people sent to Frank on postcards....stayed up late reading this....a great friend gave it to me for my 30th birthday....
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you love the website, you'll love the book more because it's an abundance of secrets all at once! I love that it's arranged in chronological (age) order. ...more
Shannon Fay
I'm a sucker for these books. I LOVE postsecret, the whole idea of it, and I could purchase and read 20 more of these books if 20 more were published. ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many secrets expressed and loved every minute of it!!!
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Post Secret has a new address:

image: post card with Post Secret's new address

28241 Crown Valley Pkwy
Laguna Niguel, CA

PostSecret isn't exactly a graphic novel, even though I shelved it as such. It's not a novel. It's just a collection of graphics. But many fans of graphic novels will appreciate this book - much as they have Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause. They're less "graphic novel" and more "crowd-sourced art project."

People - hundreds of thousands of people - from all over the world have been writing postcards to
Four-and-a-half stars. The third best PostSecret book.

Of all the PostSecret books, this one is more of a planned out journey than the others. The first section has secrets about being a kid and some written by kids. It continues, through college-age fears, through marriages and children, onto middle age, and goes until the final section where they are secrets from folks in the their 60's and 70's or more. Something about this structure makes certain secrets feel more profound than they may other
La'Tavia ☾
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like that it includes many peoples secrets but, some are really upsetting.
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Warren has created a compilation of his PostSecret items ranging from submissions from the very young to the quite-a-bit older. It goes to show that secrets and regrets cut across our entire lifetime, and age doesn't necessarily make them any less or more painful or funny.

The book starts out with secrets that many of us have had or experienced at some time in our adolesence... "I love him. He loves her."; "Dad, I can do anything... as long as your working by me."; "I wonder if my dad ever think
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