What's Your Story?: True Experiences from Complete Strangers (The Strangers Project)

What's Your Story?: True Experiences from Complete Strangers (The Strangers Project)

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0062386875

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In the vein of PostSecret comes this emotionally addictive and thrilling look at people’s deepest thoughts—some tragic, some funny, some adventurous—told anonymously and in their own handwriting.

The world is not made up of atoms; it is composed of tiny stories. And everyone has a story.

In 2009 in an Ann Arbor coffeehouse, Brandon Doman began asking passersby to share a story with him. Providing paper, pens, and clipboards, his only criteria was that the story had to be true. Doman then displayed selected stories on his website strangersproject.com. Astonishing in their honesty, intimate, powerful, sometimes chilling, and thoroughly addictive, the stories became an Internet hit. Over the past five years, Doman’s personal passion project—10,000 stories strong and growing—has continued to engage strangers of all ages and backgrounds and has transformed into a powerful movement of readers and storytellers who use the project’s anonymity as a gateway to reflect, rejoice, heal, and connect through words.

Now, Doman has carefully chosen 200 stories that capture the essence of The Strangers Project. Introduced by Doman, the stories convey the range of human experience, from the humorous to the heartbreaking to the profound, and are arranged to mirror the common encounters that happen between strangers every day.

A celebration of human curiosity and our need for connection, What’s Your Story? opens us to new possibilities and provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of others with one simple question: “What’s your story?”

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many times growing up, to “never talk to strangers,” and learn more about who she is. When I was a little girl I remember sitting in the backseat of my mothers car staring out into the LA traffic looking into the cars of the people passing by and wondering what their stories were, who were these strangers? Years ago, I started my own unlikely art project, inviting strangers to mail me their secret anonymously on a postcard. I believe my project, PostSecret, and the Stranger’s Project are part

following people, so to you I send my gratitude: My family—for their love and patience while I pursued my passion, and for not getting upset that I decided to talk to strangers. My friends—for teaching me the value of community and for listening to me talk endlessly about strangers and stories for the past five years. My team—my agent, Sasha, and Marta, Paige, Lynne, and the rest of the team at HarperCollins for believing in this project enough to turn it into a book. And finally, thank you

following people, so to you I send my gratitude: My family—for their love and patience while I pursued my passion, and for not getting upset that I decided to talk to strangers. My friends—for teaching me the value of community and for listening to me talk endlessly about strangers and stories for the past five years. My team—my agent, Sasha, and Marta, Paige, Lynne, and the rest of the team at HarperCollins for believing in this project enough to turn it into a book. And finally, thank you

to the thousands of strangers who chose to stop and share a piece of their life with me, and to you, reader, for choosing to listen. About the Author In addition to collecting stories from strangers, author BRANDON DOMAN has traveled the country helping raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention through the nonprofit organization Active Minds (activeminds.org). He currently shares stories online and in exhibits, and continues to talk to strangers. He lives in Brooklyn. You can

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