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Craigslist Confessional: A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangers

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  24 reviews
For fans of Humans of New York and PostSecret, a collection of raw, urgent, and heartfelt stories, shared anonymously.

What would you confess if you knew it would never get back to your spouse, your colleagues, or your family? What story would you tell about your life if a stranger was willing to listen with no judgement, no stigma, and no consequencesjust an unburdening
Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Gallery Books
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
I am basically the nosiest person EVER so this is like feeding cocaine to an addict

Kelly Long
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book caught my attention pretty quickly and the author's 'project" intrigued me but I was hesitant to get it. I was expecting a lot of fairly shallow stories but I was pleasantly surprised to read some very deep, sad stories. Occasionally there was a pretty shallow story but overall, there was real depth to people's experiences. I can't imagine how hard it was for the author to hear sad story
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

What would you confess if you
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book was originally brought to my attention on Goodreads and recommended to me by Gallery Books, I remember seeing the cover on NetGalley and requested it right away. I can't remember if this was a approved request or a read now, but either way I had it delivered to my Kindle immediately. This wasn't a fast read for me in fact I took it slow, just reading a story or two each night.

Craigslist Confessional: A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangersis a author Helena Dea Bala's
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a book of stories from people who were interviewed by the author, Helena Dea Bala from ads she placed on Craigslist. I think it sounds like it should have been right up my alley but I found the majority of the stories to be sad or un-relatable. Think stories from prostitutes and people on drugs. I am not un-interested in people's lives and struggles because I am. Just the way that these stories ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first Started this book, I thought it was going to be like the Chicken Soup For The Soul books. i was wrong it is way better. it talks about alot of issues. Depression, marriage, divorce, loss, etc etc. I loved it and felt like I can relate to the strangers in this book. I even wondered where are they now? I do have to say that some of this stuff talked about in this book may be triggers for some people who are depressed and are having suicidal thoughts. In case that does please reach out ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I seriously loved the way the author gave a voice to so many people without one. Each chapter is a different person and each person has a different voice. It is abundantly clear that the author stayed as close as she could to the person's narrative. I was particularly moved by the Black man who gave me a very real picture of being an upper middle class man, living in an upper middle class neighborhood and fearing the moments when his sons would discover the ugly realities of being Black. And ...more
Mandy Hazen
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
JUST WOW. So first I absolutely love humans of New York and this book is basically that but CRAZIER. So the author realizes through a impactful conversation with a homeless man how therapeutic it is to share your troubles with someone who doesnt judge you. She takes out a craigslist add, starts meeting people in coffee shops and soon quits her job and focused on the book. This book literally has everything from heroin addiction and now trying to support a family, attempted suicide, sex ...more
Danielle Russell
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook, 4-stars, netgalley
If given the opportunity to put your deepest secrets into words, what would you say?

That's exactly what Craigslist Confessional does. The book shares stories from 40 individuals on topics of love, regret, loss, identity and family. The stories are emotionally raw, and come across as though you were reading the private thoughts written in a diary. The author does an incredible job at capturing each person's voice, and every story was compelling, which allows readers to feel empathy and
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author Helene was living in D.C. working as a lobbyist when craving meaningful human interactions she puts an add on Craigslist offering to be a listening to ear to whomever needed to talk and feel listened to.

For the next five years Helene meets with strangers from all walks of life collecting their life confessions, stories that they have rarely voiced even to loved ones. It is a collection of 40 of these stories that make up Craigslist Confessional, under the headers Love, Loss, Regret,
Jennifer Holloway Jones
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
When the author becomes disillusioned with her career and feels like she is miserable and needs a change, she meets up with a homeless man who tells her his story. She begins to seek out others on Craigslist to share their stories and ends up making a career out of the stories that she is told. Each story is a confession of sorts and emits such emotion and heart. There is a lot of pain in the world and people have trials that no one knows anything about. I thought there definite value to these ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

A collection of forty anonymous stories, Craigslist Confessional is the passion project of a D.C. lobbyist with a desire to fulfil a fundamental human need: to have ones story heard. Helena Dea Balas story begins not with the ad she posted on Craigslist offering to listen (anonymously and without charge) when there is nobody else to do so, but rather with her own experience of sharing her own
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of Craigslist Confessional by Helena Dea Bala.

After experiencing a much needed and random connection with a homeless man outside of her office, Helena Dea Bala realizes that what she has been missing from her life has been exactly that, connection. So she puts an ad in Craigslist, advertising her listening ear, come tell me your stories.

And that's exactly what this book is, a compilation of short snippets of lives, as told to Helena in an agreed upon coffee shop.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this book. It is interesting to read about things people deal with. Quick stories to read as you like. Thanks to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for the arc of this book in return for my honest review. Receiving the book in this manner had no bearing on this review.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book. I'm a sucker for anything like this: human stories about anything and everything. This one was compiled of 40 stories delving into anything you could possibly think of. This book reminded me of this quote by f. scott fitzgerald: That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The author in this book decided to take a year off her demanding lobbyist job to just listen to people. After listening and talking to a homeless man outside her office, she realized people have stories to share that they may not be able to tell the people in their lives. So, Craigslist Confessionals was born. She posted an ad on Craigslist, asking people to share their secret stories. She met with them and just listened - and then wrote down their stories.

There are 40 stories in this book - on
Esther King
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
The description of this book reeled me in hook, line, and sinker the minute that I saw it. Theres something endlessly fascinating about the stories of others and the images that they project to the outside world vs how they really feel. This book provides a forum for those difficult corners of humanity that we cant always find it within ourselves to share openly. The stories contained within are weighty and hard to digest, with a lot of confronting content. Theres stories of love and loss, a lot ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the different stories of family, love and sadness.
Jen Juenke
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I loved this book. It was entertaining, heartbreaking, and yet strangely triumphant.
The author sat down with people that she had met through a Craigslist ad. She listened to them and recorded their stories.
Its a very voyeuristic book, but also so relatable.
All of the stories you could understand, relate to, and feel empathy for all of those who told their stories.

I read it, well devoured it within 2 days of getting it from netgalley!

Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my review. I genuinely enjoyed this book despite the tone of the majority of the confessions. So. Much. Sadness. Even so, I was drawn in and anticipated each story more than the last. I also enjoyed the backstory of the author and her inspiration for this book. Craigslist Confessional has definitely opened my eyes to what may be going on in a person's life beyond what they choose to show on the surface.
Mary Hart
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Great book. So interesting. Reminded me of Carl Rogers UPR (Unconditional Positive Regard) in the way stories were selected. I'd certainly recommend people look at this book and realise the challenges in some peoples lives.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF 34%

I put this book down at 34% about halfway through the regret section. This section, and if I had to guess, the ones coming after it, read too much like trauma porn for me. I understand the point of the book is for people to anonymously tell their stories, but it felt like too much at times... too voyeuristic.
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stories that make you think, some make you tear up, but all written as if in a diary we aren't supposed to read. Love all the contributions, they seemed heartfelt and needing to be told.

Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not a book for me. I did try, it seemed just too creepy and far fetched.I have no idea what I expected, but Not this. I will not be visiting Craigslist.
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