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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (Oct. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451666179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451666175
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Humor Book of the Year A NPR Best Book of the Year A Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Memoirs "Imagine if David Sedaris could draw . . . Enchanting." (People (4 stars, People Pick))

“I would gladly pay to sit in a room full of people reading this book, merely to share the laughter.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

"My wife, who rarely reads a book published after 1910 and who is difficult to make laugh, wept with pleasure while reading these comic illustrated essays from Ms. Brosh, who runs a popular web comic and blog. I had to find out what the fuss was about. The subjects run from light (cakes, dogs) to dark (the author’s own severe depression), and they foreground offbeat feeling and real intellect. Ms. Brosh’s inquisitive mind won me over, too.” (Dwight Garner New York Times)

“In a culture that encourages people to carry mental illness as a secret burden . . . Brosh's bracing honesty is a gift.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Brosh captures humanity at its simultaneous worst and best with a razor wit that allows us to laugh at even our darkest of selves.” (The Advocate (Baton Rouge))

"Will make you laugh until you sob, even when Brosh describes her struggle with depression." (Entertainment Weekly)

"This is the BOOK OF THE YEAR." (Elizabeth Gilbert)

“One of the best things I’ve ever read in my life.” (Marc Maron)

"This book made me laugh, cry, and leak. It was honest, poignant, and ridiculously silly in all the best ways and I'm better for having read it. Plus, doggies!" (Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess and author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened)

"An Internet-era treasure, an unexpected wonder of the 21st century." (Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.com)

“Brosh is a connoisseur of the human condition.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"Brosh is an evocative writer who bares her foibles and shortcomings, from childhood to her present life, with a lack of vanity and a sense of catharsis that is palpable." (Publishers Weekly)

“Get this for the smart people who appreciate humor in your life, and they won't be disappointed." (io9.com)

The whole blog is inspired.” (Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish (The Atlantic))

“Anyone seeking an accessible look at someone suffering from depression or some really delightful dog drawings need search no further.” (Time Out New York)

About the Author

Allie Brosh lives as a recluse in her bedroom in Bend, Oregon. In 2009, she thought, “I know what would be a good idea! Instead of becoming a scientist, I should write and draw things on the Internet!” This was a horrible idea for too many reasons to count, but the decision wasn't really based on logic. Things sort of spiraled from there. Brosh’s award-winning blog Hyperbole and a Half somehow became an award-winning blog, and, in 2013, Advertising Age named Brosh one of the fifty most influential creative figures in the world. Brosh has also given herself many prestigious awards, including “fanciest horse drawing" and “most likely to succeed.”

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on Oct. 30 2013
Format: Paperback
Allie Brosh has written a book based on her very popular online blog (google the book title). Fans of her blog will love this book, which has some of the "greatest hits" from her blog along with plenty of new material. Brosh takes a different twist on life, making her comics both surreal and poignant at the same time. As someone who has struggled with depression, Brosh doesn't shy away from tough topics or sugar-coating the pain in her life. In fact, she's received accolades for tackling tough topics, like depression, head on. But she does still serve it with a big side order of funny, so while this book might make you a little melancholic, it will make sure you'll feel that way with a smile on your face sooner rather than later. Her drawing style perfectly compliments her writing, as the drawings are used almost as pause points to build up the comedic timing in her stories (I still laugh whenever I see a children's cake).

Unlike a lot of comedy books, this one tops out at almost 400 pages, so there's quite a lot of material. As I said, a lot of it is new so that makes for plenty of reading even for fans of her blog. So who is this book for? Well, again, it's probably for people who like a little twist to their comedy. This isn't potty humor or slapstick (although there is some of that). It's kind of like Seinfeld meets Far Side meets Cathy meets a seriously depressed Ziggy. So it's hard to describe, but easy to recognize. If you're already a fan of her work, you'll definitely like this book. If you're not if you're a fan, check out her blog. If you like it, you'll like this book. Did I like it? Well, with a title like that, the only thing I can say is that it was so freakin' awesome that I literally died a thousand deaths every moment I wasn't reading it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheilah HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 31 2013
Format: Paperback
I had read the hyperbole and half blog years ago, specifically the stories about moving and about testing her dog's intellect. That alone was enough for me to splurge and buy a copy of this book. In fact, it was enough for me to buy 2 more copies for friends for Christmas.

I received the book THE DAY AFTER I bought it (that was incredibly fast, I mean, I purchased it at night and it was at my door when I came home from work the next day... that's insane).

Anyways, back to the book.

When I first opened it I went to the first page, the dedications. Without giving spoilers, I knew that from that page on that I would love the book. I sat down and got through half the book in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. Then I realized I probably should feed my dog, so I got up, did some errands, and when I sat down, I picked up the book again right away, and couldn't put it down. I finished it in one day. It was amazing. Well worth my time, and well worth my money!

I highly recommend picking up this book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nickybr38 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 13 2014
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This book made me laugh so hard I cried and then I laughed because I was crying and then I got a headache but I kept reading anyway.

Allie is a comedic genius. She has a way of making everyday neuroticism seem like the most hilarious thing in the world. The most mundane events possible become a grand adventure in her hands (actually, strike that, none of her 'adventures' are mundane, necessarily).

Her reflections on Depression are poignant, beautiful and still hilarious.
Her thoughts on identity will stick with me a long while. Stop throwing sand, Allie. Really. It's not wise.
Her Simple Dog and Helper Dog sound so frustrating and yet it's clear she loves them both.

When I finished this book I set it down and murmured, "Allie Brosh *checks title to make sure that's her name* I love you." And I do. I really do.


For heaven's sake. Don't ponder. Don't consider. Don't hesitate. BUY IT.

This is the kind of genius that doesn't come along often and I can promise that this book will make anyone and everyone laugh.

'Dear 61-year-old,

My name is Nicole, and I loved this book called Hyperbole-and-a-half so much that I keep it on the stand beside my bed so whenever I have a bad day I can pick it up and read it really quick. My favorite things are writing reviews on amazon.ca, reading Allie Brosh's work, pretending I'm a dinosaur and other stuff. What do YOU like to do? What are your favorite things? Do you still like Allie Brosh? Are mom and dad still alive?

Please write back.

This Reviewer.'
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By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 7 2014
Format: Paperback
Admittedly, I have never understood the appeal of graphic novels; I find them tedious and difficult to absorb. However, after reading some very positive early reviews of "Hyperbole and a Half" and feeling interested in its subject matter, I figured I'd give it a peruse.

Allie Brosh's blog earned her a 2011 Bloggies Award and turned her into an internet celebrity. Of course, web writing often fails to morph into a successful print form and Brosh had the formidable task of turning years' worth of posts into a cohesive book. Impressively, she succeeds in creating a quirky, humourous memoir in the form of illustrated essays. Though choppy in places, Brosh's wit and the poignancy of her themes override any structural downfalls. In a self-deprecating and often dramatic tone, she tells personal stories that extend to the human condition: ones concerning fear, depression, love and hope. Her caricatures have an endearing quality that showcase her subject's vulnerability and juvenile innocence.

Apparently, half of the material for this book was previously unpublished so her die-hard blog followers can look forward to both new material and the return of old favourites like “Simple Dog,” “The God of Cake” and “Adventures in Depression.”
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