Synopses & Reviews
Found II, the follow-up to the acclaimed national bestseller, contains an engrossing, eye-opening assortment of the latest and greatest lost, tossed, and forgotten items love notes, shopping lists, doodles, and diary entries from around the world. Whether they are found on city sidewalks, stuck in chain-link fences, tucked into the pockets of secondhand clothing, or on the grass in a school yard, these items give readers an uncensored, poignant, and often hilarious peek into other peeple's people's lives.
"If you've ever pocketed a stranger's forgotten train ticket-stub because you're fascinated by the little bird doodled on it, this book's for you. The sequel to the first Found, and sister to Found magazine makes happened-upon stuff notes, lists, photos its raison d'etre. What's intriguing about this book's reconnoitered artifacts, is that they run the gamut from a young boy's storyboard retelling of having a gun held to his head to a disgruntled airline customer's complaint letter about being seated near the lavatory. Each item appears mostly intact (names and phone numbers have been redacted or changed) and looks as if photocopied onto the page. There's no organizational logic to the book, though that's a small gripe considering the wealth of puzzling and hilarious goodies included: a pros/cons list written about someone's male love interest; a letter from a London city official asking a guest of a library to stay away until his 'personal hygiene becomes acceptable'; a letter from student propositioning a male teacher, and a rudimentary cartoon drawing of a pregnant man. Some inclusions benefit from contextualization (as in the notes that are found near prisons or inside floating balloons), and the author keeps editorializing to a minimum, leaving the found objects to speak for themselves." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A great book . . ."
-- David Letterman
"What's more irresistible than reading a letter not meant for your eyes? . . . A quirky lens into the flotsam and jetsam of humanity."
-- Marla Paul, Chicago Tribune
"I love Found
-- Drew Barrymore
The all new follow-up to the acclaimed national bestseller Found and hailedas "a quirky fix for thinking voyeurs" (The Boston Globe), Found II is an uncensored, poingant, and often hilarious peek into other people's lives.
About the Author
Davy Rothbart is creator and editor of Found Magazine, the Found book, and relentless road warrior. Davy also tells stories on public radio's This American Life, and in his book The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas.