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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Review: Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World (FOUND Magazine)

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Ever since coming across this book, I've been obsessed. The hilarious, the horrifying, and the heart wrenching accounts of the wonders of everyday life, fresh from the streets where they were ... Read full review

Review: Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World (FOUND Magazine)

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

It was fascinating to read these little snippets of people's lives. Because all of the letters, notes, drawings, whatever are stuff people found there is no background to any of the stuff in this book ... 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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