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Solutions and Other Problems Paperback – 1 December 2020
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*THE NO.1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*
For the first time in seven years, Allie Brosh, the creator of the immensely popular blog 'Hyperbole and a Half' and #1 New York Times bestselling author, returns with her new collection.
Solutions and Other Problems includes humorous stories from Allie Brosh's childhood; the adventures of her very bad animals; merciless dissection of her own character flaws; incisive essays on grief, loneliness, and powerlessness; as well as reflections on the absurdity of modern life.
This full-colour, beautifully illustrated edition features all-new material with more than 1,600 pieces of art. Solutions and Other Problems marks the return of a beloved American humourist who has "the observational skills of a scientist, the creativity of an artist, and the wit of a comedian" (Bill Gates).
Praise for Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half-
'A hilarious collection' Mashable
'Will certainly help you, should you perhaps decide to indulge in a spot of "self-gifting" in this instance, survive Christmas with your more crazed relatives' Rachel Cooke, Observer
'It's impossible not to warm to cartoonist and blogger Allie. If she doesn't get to you with her funny childhood anecdotes (eating an entire birthday cake) then her honest reflections on depression will' Grazia
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About the Author
- Publisher : SQUARE PEG; 1st edition (1 December 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0224101285
- ISBN-13 : 978-0224101288
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 3 x 22.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 32,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First birthday after mother died.
Read Chapter 10.
Think all the thoughts.
Feel all the feels.
Want to use words.
Not enough words.
Too many words.
Too many feels.
Take daisy chains.
Unto dust thy shall return.
Mortality bus is real.
Not alone in not knowing.
Thank you Allie.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is both exactly what I wanted, and not anything like what I was expecting. I’d felt like I “knew” Allie’s life years back, with Duncan and the helper dog and the simple dog, and I was excited to both read some more hilarious stories and see updates on how her life has been going! But as Allie writes, “it’s mayhem out there”!
Her writing is, if anything, better than it was all those years ago, this book will make you laugh and chuckle and straight up lose it at parts – the Richard story had me laughing so hard that I had to put the book down! But it is also a brave, strong, touching book. It deals with dark subjects, with tough topics, and Chapter 10 made me cry for a good long while.
But all the way through, while the message that “life is pointless and things suck sometimes” is typed, written and even shouted out at you over and over, there is always hope and joy and laughter still threaded through, and I see it as an optimistic book, a book that grabs the fact that “life is pointless” and uses that to show you that you can be free, you can do anything you want!
So, would I reccomend this book? Would I say it’s worth the long, long wait? 1000%. Go do yourself a favour, and read this book, because as Allie writes, “no one should have to feel like a pointless little weirdo alone”, and this book makes you feel like you arent alone.
My Rating: 5/5
Alot has happened in her life since the first book and after the personal difficulties I have faced in 2020, reading her second book was both wonderful and heartbreaking. It took me a while to read this as I had to keep taking breaks because it was so deeply moving and emotional to read. However it was absolutely the right time for me to read this book. If you have suffered greatly recently or in the past I would say this is a wonderfully resonant book about how to keep going when life throws seemingly everything bad your way.
I love Allie's work. I hope this review encourages other people to love it too.
Dealing with grief, disassociation and depression with anxiety mixed in, this is the kind of book I wish I could write.
It is significantly less 'flowy' than Hyperbole, but to the benefit of displaying an uncomfortable side of humanity that I would hope most, if not all, are familiar with.
This is not a book to escape life from. This is a book to embrace its absurdity.
Thanks to the author as usual, I unfortunately related to an awful lot.
A lot has happened to the author over the last 7 years (covered in the book). It's great to have her back producing work again. It's every bit as good as it used to be. I hope the next dollop of wonderfulness is less than 7 years away!