Hyperbole and A Half

Hyperbole and A Half

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

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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Touchstone paperback edition
ISBN: 9781451666175
Characteristics: x, 369 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm


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DPLbooklists_adults Sep 01, 2020

Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, Brosh’s unique voice is able to capture complex emotions including depression with deceptively simple illustrations.

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Sep 17, 2020

Enjoyed the first section, couldn’t get into the mental health digression, which was understandably a real downer.

Sep 15, 2020

The download didn't work on Axis 360. I deleted the file and downloaded twice and it didn't work either times. I have had no issues with any other Axis 360 e-books.

Aug 12, 2020

I didn't make it past the second vignette in the book. Clearly I am not the intended audience.

AndreaG_KCMO Apr 22, 2020

What a weird and wonderful little story-meme book. Had me gasping with laughter a few times (the dog drawings in particular were strangely familiar). Easy, fast, and fun.

Apr 03, 2020

The way the author wove this book together with humor and hard truths was amazing. My favorite kind of nonfiction.

JCLDevinB Mar 27, 2020

I found Hyperbole and a Half insightful, hilarious, and highly relatable for those with mental illness. It has a slice of life feel and delves into topics ranging from depression to the trials and tribulations of dog ownership to the all consuming need to eat cake.

Jan 23, 2020

This is a hilarious, insightful, touching and deeply relatable exploration of just how weird life can be--especially when you're dealing with mental illness.
If you've ever procrastinated your way into a panic attack, dealt with the inertia of depression, wondered if your pet is really as lovably dumb as they seem, realized years later that your antics must have driven your parents up the wall, or simply had to laugh at the absurdity of your own brain, this book is for you.

JCLHeatherC Mar 06, 2019

In need of a laugh? This book is for you!

Dec 02, 2018

I will happily re-read this over and over. Everything Ally Brosh writes is both hilarious and REAL. You will find yourself (at least I did) laughing hysterically while also feeling validated in your experience of life. Also, her descriptions of her dogs are spot-on.

Nov 28, 2018

Funny! True! A fast read. I also eat a lot of nachos.

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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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