Some of your favorite web-based authors and artists have been working hard to get their work off the Internet and into your hands, through the timeless magic of book publishing! So if you feel like spending some time with a “real” book instead of endlessly scrolling on a screen, check out these picks.
Maybe you’re familiar with the long-running, delightfully geeky xkcd webcomic? Creator Randall Munroe recently released What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, a book that seeks to solve ridiculous questions submitted by his readers (“If every person on Earth aimed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time, would it change color?”) using math, science, logic, and dozens of stick figure drawings. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll enjoy the footnotes.
Speaking of laughing and learning, Mallory Ortberg’s Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters rewards you for having paid attention in class — the more you remember about literary classics such as Hamlet, Don Quixote, Pride & Prejudice, and The Great Gatsby, the harder you’ll laugh at the jokes. But don’t worry if you’ve forgotten everything from AP English! You’ll also find sections on The Baby-Sitters Club, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games. These imagined text message conversations originated as a column on The Hairpin and continued on Ortberg’s website The Toast before being published as this charming, bright yellow book.
And speaking of bright yellow books! Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half has turned some of the best content from her website (as well as some brand new material) into Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. This color-saturated book features Brosh’s signature Microsoft Paint illustrations and her “I can’t believe that really happened!” storytelling style. Brosh tackles everything from birthday cake to clinical depression to goose attacks, always with an eye to the hilariously absurd. This book has become one of the most popular graphic novels in our collection, and when you check it out you’ll see why.
Each of these titles can be found in the Leisure Reading section, located across from the Borrower Services desk (it’s the first shelf you’ll see when you walk into the library). Do you have a favorite website-turned-book? Let us know, and we might add it to our collection!