Found by Davy Rothbart
The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World

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A collection of Found magazine’s best lost, tossed, and forgotten items, Found offers a fascinating glimpse into other people’s lives.

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.

About Davy Rothbart

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Davy Rothbart is a frequent contributor to This American Life and a variety of magazines, the founder of Found Magazine and the editor of its various bestselling anthologies, and the author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he still lives. My Heart Is an Idiot is his fourth book.
Published April 27, 2004 by Fireside. 256 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In the tradition of NPR's National Story Project comes this funky collection of letters, flyers and other miscellany from the pages of Found magazine. Rothba

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At times, reading the notes and letters feels uncomfortably voyeuristic, and inevitably, readers are left wanting more, wishing for details about these lives beyond what the sketchy fragments provide (did that scoundrel Mario ever change his wanton ways?).

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David has been doing a nice thing I think before each screening, he’s kind of been telling the audience, “Look, this movie has some really raw moments in it, real stuff, really happening on camera, and at times it may make you uncomfortable, and if you feel uncomfortable … I encourage you just to...

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