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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.
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FROM THE PUBLISHER: 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. 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!
Authors: Brosh, Allie
Title: Hyperbole and a half
unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013
Edition: 1st Touchstone paperback ed.
Characteristics: x, 369 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Notes: "A Touchstone book."
ISBN: 147676459X
9781476764597
1451666179
9781451666175
1451666187
9781451666182
Branch Call Number: 921 Brosh
Statement of Responsibility: Allie Brosh
Subject Headings: Conduct of life Humor Comedians Biography Brosh, Allie
Topical Term: Conduct of life
Comedians
LCCN: 2013025527
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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"

"The blog Hyperbole and a Half has an enthusiastic fan base that can't get enough of creator Allie Brosh's autobiographical, boldly illustrated essays and cartoons that expose both her flaws and her capacity for laughing at herself. Her first book collects both expanded blog posts and new material that continues to humorously and candidly deal with her many idiosyncrasies, her dogs, and her battles with depression." Popular Culture May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/217e1482-9d78-4d54-9cc6-2b3270c2d832?postId=ca9ebdd2-adec-483c-8400-6611a8e1b44a

Apr 28, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you are already a fan of Allie Brosh's blog, also named Hyperbole and a Half, you will enjoy this mix of old favourites and new stories all illustrated in the glory that is MS Paint. From the adventures of her dogs, to tales of her childhood, to her struggles with anxiety and depression, you can't help but laugh at what you see and read even as it hits home.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hyperbole and a Half explores artist Allie Brosh's almighty id with a kind of courageousness usually reserved for walking on hot coals or taunting killer bees. Based on the popular blog of the same name, Brosh's book features anecdotes and musings from her life, complemented by pictures drawn with a basic paint program.

Sheer audacity is one of Brosh's best assets. Her stories are bold examinations of what she fears most in life and how these anxieties form her identity.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/hyperbole_and_a_half_brosh

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

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette, April 2014 (see Summary)

Mar 21, 2014
  • pyrogygirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frequently laughed out loud, then felt kinda weird/ashamed? that I could relate so well to her!

Mar 20, 2014
  • dragonrabbit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!

Currently my favorite book. Even my 13 year old brother (who hates reading) loves this book!

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Mar 03, 2014
  • black_jackal_8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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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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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Apr 04, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hyperbole and a Half

Interview with the author Allie Brosh.

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