Book Review - The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book by Frank Warren
OK... I'm on a PostSecret book kick now. This time I grabbed The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book by Frank Warren from the library. And like the first one I read, I was completely drawn in by the human drama played out in the pages.
If you don't know, PostSecret is the project started by Frank Warren where people decorate postcards and letters, reveal a secret they have that they haven't told to anyone, and then send it anonymously to PostSecret. Warren has taken these confessions and posted them on his website as well as compiling some of them into books. Secret Lives is not any different than the others, but it doesn't mean that there isn't an incredible amount of emotion there. Some that caught my attention... (written on a calendar page) "I write fake notes on my desk calendar for my employees to find just to see how fast the news spreads!"; "I only wear watches with numbers because I can't read dots or roman numbers."; (superimposed on a wedding announcement) "on our first date I told him that I had genital herpes. he loved me anyway. this July we will celebrate our 20 year anniversary . thank you for loving me anyway."
Some of the secrets are crushing to imagine what lies behind them... "I'm terrified that my sister is going to hurt herself on purpose... and I don't know how to help her."; "I haven't forgiven my dad for leaving when I as a kid. I'm 30 now and still feel he left because of me."; "I gave up my dream because of one bad teacher..."
There's so much emotion here, and you realize that people are living with crushing burdens. I have one more PostSecret book to read, and I have no doubt it'll be just as emotional. This one's not quite as long as the previous one, but still well worth reading.