Found: the best lost, tossed, and forgotten items from around the world

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Simon & Schuster, Apr 27, 2004 - Humor - 252 pages
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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 his hit magazine, Found (and its companion website,, Davy Rothbart has bewitched the nation with a surprising window into its heart and soul and turned his many readers into an army of sharp-eyed finders.

Found is chock-full of the latest and greatest of these finds, arranged in the style of the magazine, laying bare the tantalizing tales to be discovered in the trash we toss. By turns heartbreaking and hysterically funny, Found is a mesmerizing tribute to everyday life and our eternal curiosity about our fellow human beings.

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User Review  - scote23 - LibraryThing

The idea of looking at Found stuff intrigued me, especially as it was a lot of notes. However, I got bored with the notes, as they weren't always all that interesting. I eventually just gave up. I do have to say that the algebra test in the book makes up for almost all of the boring stuff. Read full review

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User Review  - melydia - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review


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Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found magazine. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he is a contributor to public radio's This American Life, a documentary filmmaker, and the author of the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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