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alt+library book club: Hyperbole and a Half


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!


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  • Susan Hord H.

    Shoot, I'm so sorry I missed. I actually RSVPd yes, then spaced out and didn't go. It's been quite a week! I loved the book but also kind of agreed with my husband's assessment that it was kind of exhausting to take in all this "me, me, me, this is how my weird brain works" (esp. thinking of the motivation stories). The dog stories were a nice break from all the navel gazing. But the depression stories were indeed amazing, with insights that truly can help both those going through depression and others who try to comfort them.

    December 19, 2014

  • Cheryl

    I agree Elizabeth! This was a very good discussion. This was my first time at book club, I hope I can make more

    December 18, 2014

  • Elizabeth H.

    Good discussion, interesting to hear different opinions and reactions.

    December 18, 2014

  • Elizabeth H.

    Where can I pick up a copy of the book?

    November 20, 2014

    • Jess

      You can pick one up at Arcade (where I am) or I can send one to whatever branch you like.

      November 21, 2014

  • Cheryl

    Just got the book to read on my trip to Kentucky, read the whole thing the night before I left!

    June 26, 2014

  • Cheryl

    This is a can't miss event!

    June 8, 2014

  • chris d.

    Its going to rock soooooo much. CAKE!

    1 · January 23, 2014

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