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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: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295 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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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. I recommend getting the paperback version instead of the kindle (unless you have kindle fire or something with color) because its pretty difficult to see the small text written in the little comic bubbles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul on May 19 2014
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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 By Amazon Customer on Nov. 12 2013
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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 on Nov. 4 2013
Format: Paperback
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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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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By cellomerl on Aug. 2 2014
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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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