Hyperbole and A Half

Hyperbole and A Half

Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Collects autobiographical, illustrated essays and cartoons from the author's popular blog and related new material that humorously and candidly deals with her own idiosyncrasies and battles with depression.

Simon and Schuster
#1 New York Times Bestseller

“Funny and smart as hell” (Bill Gates), Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices.

This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, “The God of Cake,” “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving,” and her astonishing, “Adventures in Depression,” and “Depression Part Two,” which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written.

Brosh’s debut marks the launch of a major new American humorist who will surely make even the biggest scrooge or snob laugh. We dare you not to.

FROM THE AUTHOR:
This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative—like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it—but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

Pictures
Words
Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2013
ISBN: 9781451666175
Branch Call Number: 792.7028 BRO
Characteristics: x, 369 p. :,col. ill. ;,21 cm.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 07, 2017

This book provides a touching and witty approach to dealing with the oddities of life and shows that there’s a silver lining in every problem, or at least a laugh. It was a refreshing read that was very down to Earth and easy to relate to, which is what we need in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone, because there is really no specific age range that it is geared towards. This book resonated with me on a very personal level and I’d have no problem reading it again. 5/5 Stars
- @scarletsoldier of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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KayALDes
Aug 22, 2017

Many times as I read through this book I found myself in tears from laughing. The author's way of storytelling is easy to connect with, especially if you have anxiety or depression or love grammar.

AL_SARAH May 02, 2017

This graphic novel provides insight into the author's quirky mind. I enjoyed how she utilizes her cartoony art style to delve into serious topics, such as depression. The tone is offbeat and her writing style is candid. I appreciated the author's ability to describe difficult issues in a humorous way.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 05, 2017

I didn't know anything about Allie Brosh before reading HYPERBOLE AND A HALF and, while the latter half of the book seemed to be weaker content than the former half, I still enjoyed it a fair bit. I laughed through most of it and related to when she spoke about deeper stuff, like mental illness and the cognitive dissonance resulting from thinking one is a good person without evidence. It is a great book, but I recommend taking it in small quantities in lieu of the rather large gulp I took. I look forward to another compilation of her highly visual, truly entertaining blog entries in the future.

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martine6
Dec 23, 2016

This book had me laughing so hard that I thought I couldn't catch my breath! Very relatable, and Brosh's ability to present her struggles in such a comedic way shows how talented this author really is.

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zoeythekat
Dec 21, 2016

Allie Brosh combines written word and goofy comics to tell short, comedic, memoiric essays. It's funny, relatable, and fun. I recognize that the art is supposed to be chaotic and goofy, but I'm not a huge fan of it. Regardless, I enjoyed them and I especially liked the writing which I found realistic, honest, and witty. I had a hard time with one essay where the author tests her dog's intelligence. The essay was funny enough, but the author's use of language wasn't exactly P.C.

VaughanPLKasey Nov 15, 2016

No book has ever made me laugh harder. Ever.

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black_cat_9072
Oct 29, 2016

Literally one of the best books I have ever read in my life, and believe me, I've read a lot of books AND I'm fairly picky.

As a general rule, I don't like biographies, but Allie is so witty and brutally honest about herself, life and the world that I was in stitches and almost falling off my couch from laughter.

I think EVERYONE should read this book, it's wonderful, honest and ridiculously hilarious. Actually, it's just ridiculous in general, but that's part of its charm.

Allie tackles heavy topics such as depression, identity and childhood memories with a level of satire, honesty and sarcasm that is seldom found in books.

Amazingly, this book does not contain a single fart joke or raunchy sex joke. The humor is strange, but appealing and it doesn't fall back on standard juvenile tropes.

Read this book. Please. It will make your life better.

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therhiannamater
Oct 19, 2016

The thing about Allie Brosh's writing is that it is so unforgivably honest that it's impossible not to relate to the recollections and stories. There are so many quirks and hilarities in every page even a sourpuss would enjoy.

For me, the segment about depression really hit home. Brosh was able to show depression more accurately than the latest scientific journals and deserves all the accolades she's received on the matter. Anyone who has struggled with their own brain, myself included, will feel as though they're reading their our thoughts in someone else's words and anyone who HASN'T struggled will suddenly understand what the hell we're talking about.

Anyway. Read it. Trust me

AL_JOSHUAS Oct 09, 2016

I found myself laughing out loud at more than a few places in this one. If you enjoy the humor of the Oatmeal this is right there in the same ball park.

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Tuesday5
Jun 22, 2015

Face Cream is not edible- no matter how much it looks like frosting, no matter how many times you try- it's always going to be face cream and it's never going to be frosting.

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May 18, 2014

Misconception #4: " I should eat bees".

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"Clean ALL the things"!

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DanniOcean Apr 07, 2014

Yet another book based on an award-winning blog, Hyperbole and a Half is everything the title describes, wrapped up in a hilariously deranged little package of kindergarten-like drawings mashed up with the angst-driven musings of a twenty-something millennial. Not surprisingly, the musings on her 2, 5, 7 and 13 year-old selves are likely to induce fits of helpless laughter in their familiarity. Surprisingly, her musings on her struggles with depression are uncomfortably candid. The intentionally child-like (yet amazingly emotive) drawings and the fact that these chapters are interspersed with the adventures of simple-dog and helper-dog (read: dumb-dog and dumber-dog) actually make the stark message of depression stand out like a beacon. However the guilty-pleasure derived from reading the other chapters – well-intentioned mom getting kids lost in the wilderness, the sheer illogical kiddie challenge of being as obnoxious as possible, the absurd adventure of being attacked by a goose in one’s own living room – these are pure enjoyment, either from an “it’s funny because it’s true” perspective, or “thank gawd there’s someone more messed up than I am” angle. If there’s one criticism I can give this book is that Ms. Brosh left out one her best-known characters, the Alot. But luckily the Alot can be found in perpetuity on the blog itself, hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca. For those who still prefer the weight and heft of the printed page, reserve your copy of Hyperbole and a Half at spl.blibliocommons.ca and enjoy a lot, and even learn a bit.

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