Hyperbole and A Half

Hyperbole and A Half

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

Paperback - 2013
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

"Funny and smart as hell" (Bill Gates), Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.

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.

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:

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!
Published: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013.
Edition: First Touchstone paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781476764597
Branch Call Number: 792.7028 BRO
Characteristics: x, 369 pages :,color illustrations ;,21 cm


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DBRL_DanaS May 24, 2018

In her unique comedic and artistic style, Brosh presents the dark hole that is depression, how it suddenly entered her life, and her flawed yet humorous way of coping with anxieties and everyday events.

Even if you are not a graphic novels kind of person, this book is so worth reading!

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LiztheLibrarian Mar 22, 2018

I really enjoyed this book and felt at times both tremendously sad and then the next minute was crying with hysterical laughter. How she explains depression really stuck with me, I do not have depression, but so many friends I know suffer from it and her explanation really was eye opening.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 22, 2018

Genuinely hilarious and a refreshingly "real" take on mental illness

brihawkins13 Mar 17, 2018

This is a hilarious memoir in graphic novel form. While Brosh’s artistic technique may seem like a child’s doodling, her witty, offbeat, and self-deprecating tone delivers a level of humor I haven’t experienced in a graphic novel before. I frequently found myself laughing out loud. I especially loved any chapters that featured her lovable "simple dog" and her unruly "helper dog".

Jan 31, 2018

Absolutely hilarious. As soon as I finished the book, I went to buy a copy on Amazon. I will pick this book up anytime I'm down as it is guaranteed to make me laugh!

Dec 26, 2017

Looking forward to this after reading "What If" from Randall Munroe.

Dec 06, 2017

The MS Paint doodles really help the stupid but hilarious stories.

Oct 07, 2017

This book provides a touching and witty approach to dealing with the oddities of life and shows that there’s a silver lining in every problem, or at least a laugh. It was a refreshing read that was very down to Earth and easy to relate to, which is what we need in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone, because there is really no specific age range that it is geared towards. This book resonated with me on a very personal level and I’d have no problem reading it again. 5/5 Stars
- @scarletsoldier of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 22, 2017

Many times as I read through this book I found myself in tears from laughing. The author's way of storytelling is easy to connect with, especially if you have anxiety or depression or love grammar.

ArapahoeSarah May 02, 2017

This graphic novel provides insight into the author's quirky mind. I enjoyed how she utilizes her cartoony art style to delve into serious topics, such as depression. The tone is offbeat and her writing style is candid. I appreciated the author's ability to describe difficult issues in a humorous way.

Mar 05, 2017

I didn't know anything about Allie Brosh before reading HYPERBOLE AND A HALF and, while the latter half of the book seemed to be weaker content than the former half, I still enjoyed it a fair bit. I laughed through most of it and related to when she spoke about deeper stuff, like mental illness and the cognitive dissonance resulting from thinking one is a good person without evidence. It is a great book, but I recommend taking it in small quantities in lieu of the rather large gulp I took. I look forward to another compilation of her highly visual, truly entertaining blog entries in the future.

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Jun 22, 2015

Face Cream is not edible- no matter how much it looks like frosting, no matter how many times you try- it's always going to be face cream and it's never going to be frosting.

May 18, 2014

Misconception #4: " I should eat bees".

May 17, 2014

"Clean ALL the things"!


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DanniOcean Apr 07, 2014

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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