Hyperbole and A Half

Hyperbole and A Half

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

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Touchstone paperback edition
ISBN: 9781451666175
1451666179
9781476764597
147676459X
9781451666182
Branch Call Number: 792.7028 B8741h 2013
Characteristics: x, 369 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm

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In her illustrated collection of stories and essays, Brosh will have you rolling as she delves into her personal idiosyncrasies and “learning experiences.”

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multcolib_karene Apr 16, 2015

I love this book! Her description of her depression is the best I've ever seen. Her drawings are wonderfully weirdly captivating. She is a bundle of insecurities and her interpretations of life are hilarious and poignant (and as a bonus, she writes about the quirkiness of dogs).

Love the blog? Gift the book by popular Bend, OR blogger Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half. Hysterical and candid cartoons to appeal to those suffering from depression, those who love doggies, those who have a sense of humor and those who are not dead.

Oregon based blogger Allie Brosh has been entertaining the masses with her humorous blog (http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com) that includes her fabulously creative sketches. Her dry wit, and way of looking at everyday things from a different perspective make for some great reading.


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AL_SARAH 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.

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britprincess1ajax
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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martine6
Dec 23, 2016

This book had me laughing so hard that I thought I couldn't catch my breath! Very relatable, and Brosh's ability to present her struggles in such a comedic way shows how talented this author really is.

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zoeythekat
Dec 21, 2016

Allie Brosh combines written word and goofy comics to tell short, comedic, memoiric essays. It's funny, relatable, and fun. I recognize that the art is supposed to be chaotic and goofy, but I'm not a huge fan of it. Regardless, I enjoyed them and I especially liked the writing which I found realistic, honest, and witty. I had a hard time with one essay where the author tests her dog's intelligence. The essay was funny enough, but the author's use of language wasn't exactly P.C.

VaughanPLKasey Nov 15, 2016

No book has ever made me laugh harder. Ever.

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black_cat_9072
Oct 29, 2016

Literally one of the best books I have ever read in my life, and believe me, I've read a lot of books AND I'm fairly picky.

As a general rule, I don't like biographies, but Allie is so witty and brutally honest about herself, life and the world that I was in stitches and almost falling off my couch from laughter.

I think EVERYONE should read this book, it's wonderful, honest and ridiculously hilarious. Actually, it's just ridiculous in general, but that's part of its charm.

Allie tackles heavy topics such as depression, identity and childhood memories with a level of satire, honesty and sarcasm that is seldom found in books.

Amazingly, this book does not contain a single fart joke or raunchy sex joke. The humor is strange, but appealing and it doesn't fall back on standard juvenile tropes.

Read this book. Please. It will make your life better.

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therhiannamater
Oct 19, 2016

The thing about Allie Brosh's writing is that it is so unforgivably honest that it's impossible not to relate to the recollections and stories. There are so many quirks and hilarities in every page even a sourpuss would enjoy.

For me, the segment about depression really hit home. Brosh was able to show depression more accurately than the latest scientific journals and deserves all the accolades she's received on the matter. Anyone who has struggled with their own brain, myself included, will feel as though they're reading their our thoughts in someone else's words and anyone who HASN'T struggled will suddenly understand what the hell we're talking about.

Anyway. Read it. Trust me

AL_JOSHUAS Oct 09, 2016

I found myself laughing out loud at more than a few places in this one. If you enjoy the humor of the Oatmeal this is right there in the same ball park.

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bookycakes
Aug 18, 2016

I LOVE THIS BOOK. It's funny. I relate to Allie Brosh in amazing ways. I want everyone to read this book, because it takes everything from rogue geese to depression and makes you laugh, even though you feel like maybe it's too much to handle.

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joywolf83
Aug 13, 2016

WHY HAVENT I READ THIS BEFORE?!

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Tuesday5
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.

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May 18, 2014

Misconception #4: " I should eat bees".

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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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