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Publisher Comments:

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!

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

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“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:

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. Possibly the worst child. For example, one time she ate an entire cake just to spite her mother.

Brosh's website receives millions of unique visitors a month and hundreds of thousands of visitors a day. This amalgamation of new material and reader favorites from Brosh's blog includes stories about her rambunctious childhood; the highs and mostly lows of owning a smart, neurotic dog and a mentally challenged one; and moving, honest, and darkly comic essays tackling her struggles with depression and anxiety, among other anecdotes from Brosh's life. Artful, poignant, and uproarious, Brosh's self-reflections have already captured the hearts of countless readers and her book is one that fans and newcomers alike will treasure.

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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Invisible Lizard, September 28, 2014 (view all comments by Invisible Lizard)
Without knowing the backstory of Allie Brosh's blog, including bits and pieces of her personal life, that one can pick up quickly on Wikipedia and a few other sources, the brilliance of Hyperbole and a Half would not be quite so obvious. It may appear, at first glance, as the ramblings of a nonsensical narrator with childish (at best) artistic skills. You wouldn't know that (a) the ramblings are often intensely personal and deeply moving insights from a profoundly introspective individual, nor (b) that the childish drawings are intentional, done for effect.

Once I caught up on her history, I was immediately moved by the way Brosh revealed herself through these stories, quite bravely so, exposing her innermost struggles with the world. It's tough to lay yourself bare, especially to an often unsympathetic internet audience who can just a quickly flame and roast as they can bolster and support. The best section in this compilation, hands down, were her struggles with depression. I don't suffer from that myself, but I think everybody has moments of depression and can relate (or at least empathize) with what she is saying.

Not that this book deserves a 5-star review. Some of the included "stories" are better than others. Some are funny. Some are touching. Some are simply filler. I guess they can't all be stellar. It felt as if Brosh had enough grade-A material to fill half a book, and instead of spending time crafting more for another half, she threw in some lesser grade filling. The book wouldn't have sold as well if it were a thin, flimsy rag. Oh well. I won't complain too much.* I'll knock a point off, but it's still a good (sometimes great) read.

* Hey, even Abbey Road had that B-Side medley to fill in some time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781476764597
Subtitle:
Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Author:
Brosh, Allie
Publisher:
Touchstone
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Humor-Cartoon Comics
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20131029
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
209.55 x 139.7 mm

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Product details 384 pages Touchstone - English 9781476764597 Reviews:
"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 , 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. Possibly the worst child. For example, one time she ate an entire cake just to spite her mother.

Brosh's website receives millions of unique visitors a month and hundreds of thousands of visitors a day. This amalgamation of new material and reader favorites from Brosh's blog includes stories about her rambunctious childhood; the highs and mostly lows of owning a smart, neurotic dog and a mentally challenged one; and moving, honest, and darkly comic essays tackling her struggles with depression and anxiety, among other anecdotes from Brosh's life. Artful, poignant, and uproarious, Brosh's self-reflections have already captured the hearts of countless readers and her book is one that fans and newcomers alike will treasure.

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