Solutions and Other Problems
Solutions and Other Problems
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Annotation: This collection of comedic, autobiographical, illustrated essays contains the author's reflections on childhood, pets, grief, loneliness, and the absurdity of modern life.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #257606
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 518 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-9821569-4-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-9821569-4-7
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2020940967
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
The award-winning author and illustrator delivers the long-awaited sequel to her 2013 bestseller, Hyperbole and a Half.During the past decade-plus, Brosh has amassed a devoted fan base, most of whom first fell in love with the Hyperbole blog she began in 2009. Much of that material, which consisted of random musings, hilarious stories, and colorful, primitive drawings, ended up in her first book, a bestseller that earned glowing reviews from Elizabeth Gilbert and Bill Gates. Then Brosh, who has been open about her battles with depression, seemingly disappeared, much to the consternation and concern of her devotees. Originally slated for release in 2016, Solutions and Other Problems was perpetually postponed without explanation. The author covers some of the backstory here, which includes her divorce and her sister’s tragic death. “We’d always had a strange relationship, and I wasn’t prepared for it to be over,” she writes. “I don’t think either of us understood how much I loved her. It seemed like there’d be enough time to sort it out.” Thankfully, Brosh’s storytelling is so distinctive and compelling it’s like suddenly running in to a friend you feared was lost forever. The important thing is that she’s back, with fresh material and more than 1,600 pieces of art. Like her last book, this one draws heavily from her unconventional childhood. She recounts stories about getting stuck in a bucket and stalking her neighbor, and, of course, there are plenty of dog stories. Brosh also hilariously describes an experiment with drugs that reads like a budget-friendly version of an Ayahuasca ritual. She contemplates daydreams, wars with technology, and her efforts to befriend herself. The author reliably channels the simplicity of a child or the innocence of an animal and tells raucous, heartbreaking stories that reflect the hidden parts of us all. The existential kaleidoscope occasionally gets trippy, but the majority of the book is nourishing and warmly satisfying.For Brosh’s millions of fans, this is well worth the wait.
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Reading Level: 9.0
Interest Level: 9+


For the first time in seven years, Allie Brosh—beloved author and artist of the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller Hyperbole and a Half—returns with a new collection of comedic, autobiographical, and illustrated essays.

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-color, 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 humorist 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:
“Imagine if David Sedaris could draw….Enchanting.” —People
“One of the best things I’ve ever read in my life.” Marc Maron
“Will make you laugh until you sob, even when Brosh describes her struggle with depression.” —Entertainment Weekly
“I would gladly pay to sit in a room full of people reading this book, merely to share the laughter.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“In a culture that encourages people to carry mental illness as a secret burden….Brosh’s bracing honesty is a gift.” —Chicago Tribune

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