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

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Staff Pick

Local author Allie Brosh uses MS Paint and her inspired prose to create hilarious and poignant stories and essays. Whether she's discussing her dogs, depression, hot sauce, or her childhood, Brosh is insightful and darkly comic. Half original material, half reprinted from her very popular website.
Recommended by Mary Jo, Powells.com

I try to stay away from the most popular titles — but I loved this book. Every story drove me into hyperventilating paroxysms of giggles. It's the kind of hysteria I only achieve when I finally see what's so funny about all the things I waste time fretting over.
Recommended by Sarah M., Powells.com

Allie Brosh has won the Internet. Including new material along with some of her most popular blog postings, Hyperbole and a Half is extraordinary. Brosh's book is hilarious throughout and, with the most accurate description of depression that I have ever encountered, very moving. Could it be said that Hyperbole and a Half is borken? No, is not borken IS GREAT BOOK.
Recommended by Gin, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Named one of the Funniest Sites on the Web by PC World and winner of the 2011 Bloggies Awards for Most Humorous Weblog and Best Writing, the creator of the immensely popular "Hyperbole and a Half" blog presents an illustrated collection of her hilarious stories with fifty percent new content.

In a four-color, illustrated collection of stories and essays, Allie Brosh's debut Hyperbole and a Half chronicles the many "learning experiences" Brosh has endured as a result of her own character flaws, and the horrible experiences that other people have had to endure because she was such a terrible child.

Review:

"You're not allowed to describe yourself as a 'renowned Internet sensation' unless you're a Keyboard Cat or Allie Brosh. Reading 'Hyperbole and a Half' is my go-to method for getting undepressed." Jenny Lawson, author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Review:

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

Review:

"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

Review:

"Here's a rough analogy: David Sedaris sets out to write a graphic memoir, but decides to use the MS Paint application on his computer rather than hire an artist....[Brosh's] naïve art plays brilliantly against dark comic themes." Michael Humphrey, True/Slant

Review:

"Once I started reading Hyperbole and a Half, I found myself unable to stop — except to laugh uproariously." Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.com

Synopsis:

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!

About the Author

Allie Brosh has enjoyed writing ever since her mom tricked her into writing a story to distract her from her immediate goal of wrapping the cat in duct-tape. She started her award-winning blog in 2009. Brosh lives in Bend, Oregon, with her fiancé Duncan, her two dogs, and six pet rats. Visit HyperboleAndAHalf.blogspot.com.

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StormyWolf, January 2, 2014 (view all comments by StormyWolf)
I thoroughly enjoyed Hyperbole and a Half. I'd probably recommend it for everyone, but especially those who are looking for something humorous that also isn't afraid to make you feel. No sex and only comically rendered (mostly fantasy) violence here, but there is quite a bit of swearing which would normally have me put this completely out of school-aged kids. However, the stories are too funny, the content too brutally honest for me to stamp an age limit on it, so if you're okay with a little bit of profanity (nothing they probably haven't heard already), I'd say middle school and up will get a kick out of it. After giving me more laughter and connection than I've experienced from any other book in a long time, I've put Hyperbole and a Half firmly at the top of my list, and I strongly suggest you do the same (if you haven't already).
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Craig Ensz, January 2, 2014 (view all comments by Craig Ensz)
Excellent read for all ages. Great stories with lots to learn.
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Kacey, December 17, 2013 (view all comments by Kacey)
Much book. Very wow. Words all read. Lots good.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451666175
Subtitle:
Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Author:
Brosh, Allie
Publisher:
Touchstone
Subject:
Humor-Cartoon Comics
Subject:
General Humor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20131029
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4c illustrations
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 384 pages Touchstone Books - English 9781451666175 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Local author Allie Brosh uses MS Paint and her inspired prose to create hilarious and poignant stories and essays. Whether she's discussing her dogs, depression, hot sauce, or her childhood, Brosh is insightful and darkly comic. Half original material, half reprinted from her very popular website.

"Staff Pick" by ,

I try to stay away from the most popular titles — but I loved this book. Every story drove me into hyperventilating paroxysms of giggles. It's the kind of hysteria I only achieve when I finally see what's so funny about all the things I waste time fretting over.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Allie Brosh has won the Internet. Including new material along with some of her most popular blog postings, Hyperbole and a Half is extraordinary. Brosh's book is hilarious throughout and, with the most accurate description of depression that I have ever encountered, very moving. Could it be said that Hyperbole and a Half is borken? No, is not borken IS GREAT BOOK.

"Review" by , "You're not allowed to describe yourself as a 'renowned Internet sensation' unless you're a Keyboard Cat or Allie Brosh. Reading 'Hyperbole and a Half' is my go-to method for getting undepressed."
"Review" by , “The whole blog is inspired.”
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Here's a rough analogy: David Sedaris sets out to write a graphic memoir, but decides to use the MS Paint application on his computer rather than hire an artist....[Brosh's] naïve art plays brilliantly against dark comic themes."
"Review" by , "Once I started reading Hyperbole and a Half, I found myself unable to stop — except to laugh uproariously."
"Synopsis" by , 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!

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