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Hyperbole and A Half

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

Brosh, Allie

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Hyperbole and A Half
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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
Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, 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,, 2013
Edition: First Touchstone paperback edition
ISBN: 9781451666175
1451666179
9781451666182
1451666187
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC 817 Brosh
Characteristics: x, 369 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm

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List - NYPL's Best Reads (2014) by: NYPLRecommends Dec 16, 2014

The book that stood out for me this year was Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. Particularly memorable was the chapter about the time when she was a child and she really wanted to have a piece of cake, but was forbidden to have it. So here's this kid who will do anything, and I mean ANYTHING, t... Read More »

List - Misfit Memoirs by: nypl_kingsbridge Aug 15, 2014

The genius of this graphic novel memoir is in Brosh’s ability to recognize her own flaws and cleverly portray them in drawings that are meant to resemble a 5 year old’s scrawl. Her simple yet telling illustrations tell the story of a girl caught in unfortunate situations with flawed coping mechan... Read More »


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Feb 14, 2015
  • marcin_makarewicz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is tremendous. It is boldly hyperbolic yet subtle in how it carries a sense of underlying resilience throughout.

Jan 14, 2015
  • Luis_01 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

laughter and tears ( of laughter).
absolutely HILARIOUS

Nov 29, 2014
  • lmeshgini rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An illustrated collection of autobiographical shorts
from Brosh's blog of the same name, this is hands down one of the funniest things I've read in a long time. Brosh makes the everyday exciting, the exceptional relatable, and MS Paint high art. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be so glad when it's finished that there's more on the blog.

Nov 24, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i want to be friends with this woman

Oct 12, 2014
  • gendeg rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You laugh but then you cry. Hyperbole and a Half captures the most accurate and realistic take on depression out there. Read this and then read Andrew Solomon's The Noonday Demon An Atlas of Depression. Two very different books that tackle the bewildering terrain of this disease.

Sep 24, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love Allie Brosh's blog, and I love this book. Hilarious, heartfelt and sometimes tragic -- Allie illustrates the weird events of daily life with humor and silly drawings. You will love it.

Aug 06, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hyperpole and a Half by Allie Brosh could be titled "My Life: Raw and Uncut." That's how authentic her artwork feels. I remember when I discovered Brosh's blog on the internet. The first post I clicked on was "This is Why I'll Never be an Adult." (Internet! Forever!) I thought, "What's with the weird drawings?" But then I was like, "Yeah! That IS what it's like to be a dog." By the end, I was a fan. Recently Allie Brosh opened up with her readers about the degree of crippling depression she suffers from time to time. A few of her posts even tackle the subject directly. It's said that all comedy is someone else's misery. For Allie, it seems like all of her comedy, often personal recollections, carries this weighty backstory of desperation. Her free-form drawing style expresses this exceptionally well. It's terrible the kind of anguish she lives with, and I wouldn't wish it on anybody, but I can say from observation and experience that her art would be completely ordinary without it. That chapter titled "The Parrot"—I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe.

Jul 19, 2014
  • rusty_13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This collection of graphic autobiographical essays looks at first like a light, fun read, but it is much more than that. Allie Brosh's writing is honest, original and often moving.

Jun 13, 2014
  • Violet_Cat_146 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was laughing so much that I cried and rolled on the bed! Loved this book and absolutely recommend it to everyone! "CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!!! Clean ALL the things???"

May 17, 2014
  • bibliophile78 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book!!! It made me feel much better about my own "simple dog"

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May 18, 2014
  • bibliophile78 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Misconception #4: " I should eat bees".

May 17, 2014
  • bibliophile78 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Clean ALL the things"!

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Mar 03, 2014
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Apr 07, 2014
  • DanniOcean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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