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

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

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by Allie Brosh

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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


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.

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!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Autobiographical cartoonist Allie Brosh impresses with this confessional collection of essays, adapted in part from her popular blog of the same name. Most pieces deal with Brosh's struggle with depression, an experience rarely expressed so clearly and specifically in other media as it is here. Even those unfamiliar with trials of such a condition will find this humorous depiction enlightening. The writer frequently details her relationship with two dogs, each as dysfunctional as herself, whom she must take care of while tending to her own serious mental issues. Brosh's specificity is what gives her observations universality, and in her inimitable, hilarious style, she arrives at some real truths about human nature, including the inclination to share our lives with dogs in this way. Brosh is an evocative writer who bares her foibles and shortcomings, from childhood to her present life, with a lack of vanity and a sense of catharsis that is palpable. When words are insufficient, her deceptively simple line drawings add additional depth on almost every page, to create a reading experience that adds up to even more than the sum of the parts. (Nov.)
New York Times - Dwight Garner
"My wife, who rarely reads a book published after 1910 and who is difficult to make laugh, wept with pleasure while reading these comic illustrated essays from Ms. Brosh, who runs a popular web comic and blog. I had to find out what the fuss was about. The subjects run from light (cakes, dogs) to dark (the author’s own severe depression), and they foreground offbeat feeling and real intellect. Ms. Brosh’s inquisitive mind won me over, too.”
Entertainment Weekly
"Will make you laugh until you sob, even when Brosh describes her struggle with depression."
Elizabeth Gilbert
"This is the BOOK OF THE YEAR."
“Get this for the smart people who appreciate humor in your life, and they won't be disappointed."
People Pick) People (4 stars
"Imagine if David Sedaris could draw . . . Enchanting."
Philadelphia Inquirer
“I would gladly pay to sit in a room full of people reading this book, merely to share the laughter.”
Chicago Tribune
“In a culture that encourages people to carry mental illness as a secret burden . . . Brosh's bracing honesty is a gift.”
The Advocate (Baton Rouge)
“Brosh captures humanity at its simultaneous worst and best with a razor wit that allows us to laugh at even our darkest of selves.”
Marc Maron
“One of the best things I’ve ever read in my life.”
Time Out New York
“Anyone seeking an accessible look at someone suffering from depression or some really delightful dog drawings need search no further.”
Bill Gates
"I must have interrupted Melinda a dozen times to read to her passages that made me laugh out loud. . . . The adventures she recounts are mostly inside her head, where we hear and see the kind of inner thoughts most of us are too timid to let out in public. Despite her book’s title, Brosh’s stories feel incredibly—and sometimes brutally—real. . . . It is no hyperbole to say I love her approach—looking, listening, and describing with the observational skills of a scientist, the creativity of an artist, and the wit of a comedian."
Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Humor Book of the Year
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Memoirs
"Both singular and familiar—the popularity of Brosh's blog and her absurd, exuberant voice meant that she started a lot of memes you might have come across—Hyperbole and a Half is a very funny reminder that it's normal to not have your shit together, and to know that it's okay to ask for help."
Andrew Sullivan
The whole blog is inspired.”
Cory Doctorow
"An Internet-era treasure, an unexpected wonder of the 21st century."
Whitney Matheson
“This site is chock full of childhood stories and random thoughts, all accompanied by hilarious drawings done by MS Paint . . . It’ll cost ya hours of your life as you laugh out loud while reading."
Michael Humphrey
“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.”
Jenny Lawson
"This book made me laugh, cry, and leak. It was honest, poignant, and ridiculously silly in all the best ways and I'm better for having read it. Plus, doggies!"
Kirkus Reviews
A quirky, humorous memoir/collection of illustrated essays. Brosh is a good example of how new literary forms are evolving. An immensely successful blogger, the author's Hyperbole and a Half earned her a 2011 Bloggies Award and also garnered a spot on PC World's "Funniest Sites on the Web." Suffice it to say, she has become something of an Internet sensation. However, as many readers know, web writing often does not translate well to a book (and vice versa). Brosh makes a solid first attempt to bridge this literary gap. Anyone who takes years' worth of blog posts and tries to pare them down into book form is facing a formidable task, whether the writing is any good or not (in this case, it is, though some essays are stronger than others). Blog followers don't usually binge read, but book readers do. That said, holding a book may leave some with a yearning for more cohesion. It does feel choppy in places, but the wit, hilarity and poignancy of the subject matter trump structural concerns. 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. Brosh's longtime fans and cult followers will be happy to learn that half of the material for this book is new and unpublished. The other half is comprised of Internet favorites, including "Simple Dog," "The God of Cake" and "Adventures in Depression." Part graphic novel, part confessional, overall delightful. An obvious choice for Hyperbole fans, but this will also appeal to fans of other oddball web presences like Homestar Runner and The Oatmeal.

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Allie Brosh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hyperbole and a Half, which was named the Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Humor Book of the Year. Brosh has also given herself many prestigious awards, including “fanciest horse drawing” and “most likely to succeed.” HyperboleandaHalf.blogspot.com

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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
Nadina85 More than 1 year ago
I’m usually weary of blog books because many contain a disproportionately large amount recycled content. And while I will admit there are reused posts in Hyperbole and a Half, there is a good balance of old favourites and new material, enough to keep it familiar but still interesting. I think what makes Brosh so popular is her self-depreciating humour and the blatant honesty behind it. She acknowledges the hard truths alongside the absurd, is completely upfront about her shortcomings and accepts who she is without ever apologizing for it. These are all traits that I really admire and I think it’s what makes her stories so relatable and, in turn, her blog so successful. There’s also a dark wisdom underlying her work, especially with regard to the segment on depression. Being that I am someone who’s struggled with depression in the past, I can especially appreciate what she’s done here. She takes a concept few truly understand and manages to bring some clarity to it. It’s hard for me to explain what she’s with adequate coherency so I urge you to read it for yourself and see. On top of it all, I can’t forget to mention the accompanying illustrations which are so simplistic in nature that they become effective. These cute yet crude drawings are surprisingly detailed and, even more surprisingly, they’re good. They are good because they are simple. They are simple as to not distract from the overall message. They help to add new layers of meaning and comedy to the story in a way that words otherwise can’t. They are the perfect complement to the directness and the occasional harshness of her storytelling. The combination of Brosh’s pictures and words bring about a whole host of feelings to the reader, from laughter to hope to sympathy and even sometimes sadness. She makes you, the reader, feel things. And isn’t that the point?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike some other reviewers, I was really happy about the recycled content. I'm a longtime fan of the blog, and I love that I can now own most of my favorite stories from it in print. The new material is just as fantastic as the original web-based. There are some expletives used, but not -overused-, and none of the stories' material should cause discomfort (unless you happen to have had exceptionally bad experiences with geese, dogs, getting lost in the woods, or birthday cake). My grandmother read much of the book the night I got it, and absolutely loved it. Compare it to the average popular stand-up comedy act of today, and the writing is squeaky-clean. Overall, a long anticipated read, and well worth the money to have an exceptional piece of nostalgic/hilarious reading material and to support the lovely author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her, love her stories, love her pictures.  She's so funny and original and I couldn't wait for this book to come in the mail yesterday.  Hope she gets the popularity and recognition she deserves!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is better than the three wolves T-shirt: The Movie: The Book: The Game.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud so many times reading this book. I don't know what's funnier -- the illustrations or the text. Allie is superb in constructing both. She's an absolute genius. This book is definitely along the lines of David Sedaris's work. I felt like when she's discussing something serious like her depression, she approaches it very similarly to Sedaris and his analysis of his OCD and tics. The situation is both heart warming and heart wrenching. Kudos to Allie. Please write and draw more. I'm eager for your next book. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read in my life!  I have bought 4 copies for other people already and they all LOVED it.  Can't recommend it highly enough.  Changed my life!
BlossomK More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift over Christmas and right before that I kept seeing ads and reviews for it in Entertainment Weekly and Publishers Weekly, and more. It's not what you'd expect at all, and that's what makes it fun. It's a book full of pictures - very similar to the images on the front cover. Basically, it's like a comic strip - with more narrative. Sometimes it's writing, other times it's pictures. Both things work together to tell Allie's stories. Her stories of childhood, of her dog, of depression, of sarcasm, etc. These stories -surprising to me- were not all funny, some were sad, some were really real. It was a very open glimpse into the life of Allie, and at that, kind of the life of many 20-somethings and 30-somethings I felt. I did start this book on the airplane and I was laughing pretty hard - it was a little weird for the guy next to me as he tried to sleep. I definitely recommend this book and I think it's a great gift for the quarter-lifer's in your life. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And I thought it was hysterical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book, much thicker and more colorful than I would've expected. There was plenty of new material and some classics from the blog. And it's been number one on the San Francisco Bay Area nonfiction paperback list for weeks now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've followed hyperbole and a half for years, and most of her stories have me literally keeled over laughing historically! This is a must read. Check out the rest of her work at her blog!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
read sample. loved it. it was hilarious and the randomness suited my everyday personality. will definetly buy this when i get more money. hey allie, i could really use that eight million dollars you promised ( yet joked about ). T E E H E E
Anonymous 17 days ago
Its amazing that I could relate to every story she has explained. Who would have thought real life events could be so funny.
SunshineRising2 9 months ago
This is a hard book to read at work. It is difficult to hold in laughter sounds and have tears streaming down ones face while trying not to alert co-workers to the fact that you are insane for laughing at stuff like this. It is FUNNY though! Totally worth reading. Quick read yes. The pictures are really what sells it! Read about other books I have reviewed here: http://www.sunshinerising.net
Anonymous 9 months ago
Laughed until I cried!
FanofFun More than 1 year ago
Probably my favorite non-novel book in existence. Whenever I'm down, I'll read this and by the end I'm in tears. I've learned I can't read this over lunch because I will 1) choke on my pizza and 2) look like an absolute madwoman cackling and kicking her feet (while choking on her pizza). I cannot praise it enough, or recommend it to enough people. For those who are just a smidge twisted, and love a good laugh, this is really, REALLY, the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One way, or another, Im gonna find ya , Im gonna get ya....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed so hard I cried, any time I feel life gets overwhelming I just read a page or 2 and feel better about getting to the bank!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely had me in giggles.
junelaurel More than 1 year ago
The best descriptions of growing up weird and dealing with depression that have ever been written/drawn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really out of my normal but i was up all night laughing at Allie Brosh's crazy antics it is so hood to just open and read you do not even have to read it front to back but honestly if you are having a bad day or just want a good laugh totally buy this it is so worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She mak gud joke, make malkovitch laugh ha hal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I continually laughed out loud while reading this book. The illustrations added to the hilarity. I was was deeply moved when the author discussed her battle with depression. I am sure that there a number of readers, myself included, that said, "YES! That is exactly how it feels!" It is always nice to know you are never alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our son introduces us to this eBook. So glad he did. Father and son took turns reading aloud and we all shared in the laughter. I will cherish my memory of this moment in time . I mean really, how often do parents and their adult kids read aloud to each other anymore? It was just great fun (and the childish inner dialogue was SO right on) We all remembered thinking that way as kids. We all could relate. Thank You Allie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago