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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened [Paperback]

Allie Brosh
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Book Description

Oct. 29 2013
Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices.

Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, Allie Brosh’s highly anticipated book Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.

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.

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:

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!

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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))

"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)

"Now that the phrase 'LOL' has gotten so overused, it’s hard to imagine that anything really makes people laugh out loud anymore. But the crudely drawn cartoons in Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half, culled from her popular blog and reprinted alongside never-before-seen materials, will make you laugh until you sob, even when Brosh describes her struggle with depression." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Brosh is unlike anyone else in the field today, an Internet-era treasure, an unexpected wonder of the 21st century." (Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.com)

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

"Allie Brosh's artwork may look deceptively simple, but her comics are anything but. She is gut-bustingly hilarious, especially when she talks about her ridiculous dogs, but also insightful and phenomenally articulate; her treatise on what it feels like to suffer from depression remains, in all honesty, one of the best things ever produced on the internet (and it's still somehow massively entertaining, too). Get this for the smart people who appreciate humor in your life, and they won't be disappointed." (io9.com)

“Brosh is a connoisseur of the human condition. In her typical self-deprecating and dramatic manner (hence the hyperbole reference), she tells personal stories that name things we can all relate to, including fear, love, depression and hope. Perhaps the most endearing thing about her writing is that she approaches her subject matter from a vulnerable, childlike place, complete with Paintbrush caricatures that have arguably already earned iconic status. . . . Part graphic novel, part confessional, overall delightful.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Brosh’s specificity is what gives her observations universality, and in her inimitable, hilarious style, she arrives at some real truths about human nature, including the inclination to share our lives with dogs in this way. 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. When words are insufficient, her deceptively simple line drawings add additional depth on almost every page, to create a reading experience that adds up to even more than the sum of the parts.” (Publishers Weekly)

"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)

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

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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarius, but twisted view of life Oct. 30 2013
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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars my wife loved it May 19 2014
By Paul
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my wife since I knew she like the web site. Both of us have enjoyed this book and relate to many of the themes and situations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're not alone Nov. 12 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
We're all shitty people in our own way, some of us are just more honest about it. All of the thoughts you're too ashamed to admit to having, Allie catalogs in this book. Reading it will show you that you're not alone. It will also make you laugh. Promise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mary
This book is a mix of wonderful stories that seem so bizarre and unrealistic but at the same time you can relate to so many situations described in this book. This book gives you an opportunity not only to spend some time laughing but also to look at your own life from a different perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy if you never read the blog. July 20 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love Allie Brosh, her blog was always good for a chuckle.
Very candid, in a style that this truly her own.
If you are a fan of her's then you technically don't need to buy this book since a majority of the content is already on her blog.
I bought this because I wanted to support her and since I am a huge fan of books, it's something nice to add to my already large collection.
It's a fun read, well done and since I also got it on sale, a great buy as well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars super duper Aug. 2 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
By far not the s***tiest book I've read. Simple Dog and Helper Dog are hilarious and the illustrations are wonderful. There's some pretty deep human stuff here. We're all this weird amalgam of who we think we are, who we'd like to be, and who we actually are. The story of the home-invading attack goose is excellent (where were SD and HD while all this was going on?). And I think I understand depression far better now that it has been carefully explained by a sufferer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars You can't send e-version as a gift Oct. 9 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book is fine...I tried to send this as a gift...Amazon options confusing and ended up with 2 versions on my iPad ....I already have the book. Loved it this is why I wanted to,send as a gift...I don't need to e-versions. Amazon is difficult to find a way to get resolution
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2.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I loved it! now passed on to son and his friend.
Published 8 days ago by jh
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Allie's disarmingly honest and strangely insightful writings
I love Allie's disarmingly honest and strangely insightful writings. Having been a long-standing fan of her blog, it's wonderful to have some of these entries (and some new ones... Read more
Published 20 days ago by ellejaye
5.0 out of 5 stars The most honest book I've ever read.
Such a raw, no-holds-barred insight into the authors life, whether it makes it funny or serious. An amazing read, especially for those that can relate.
Published 1 month ago by Jae Kim
1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of nonsense, lots of silly, little quality ...
Lots of nonsense, lots of silly, little quality.....didn't finish it. And I ALWAYS finish a book I start. That says it all.
Published 1 month ago by Joanne Janveau
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious but short.
This book made me laugh until I hyperventilated and cried. So if laughter is your favourite method of self torture, this book's for you. Needs more book though.
Published 2 months ago by Eris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Haley
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book. funny and sensitive and a great guide ...
This is a great book. funny and sensitive and a great guide to understanding what is happening when a person is dealing with depression and also a good guide for those who ARE... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Neil A Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars this collection is still well worth buying and includes many of her...
Although it didn't include all of the website's comics, this collection is still well worth buying and includes many of her best "slice of life" stories.
Published 3 months ago by Charles W. Gravelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, delightful, hilarious but don't get it on your kindle (unless...
It was very short but the content was priceless! It's worth the purchase and so relate-able, especially if you've ever had a dog or have dogs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by cuteycake
5.0 out of 5 stars She's incredible.
I read a review where someone said she seems to be exalting in mental illness. That person clearly doesn't understand what she's doing. She's trying to heal. Read more
Published 4 months ago by crazycga
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