Your Life Is a Life of Hope!: Thoughts on Things That Make Life Worth Living (Paperback)
What makes life worth living? If you ask Lord Birthday, the answer is visor hats. And lighthouses. And the stranger who gave him a half-eaten panini on the bus the other day.
In Your Life Is a Life of Hope!, the Internet’s favorite mustachioed king presents a series of short, illustrated essays in which he argues for hope by way of absurdity and transcendence by way of the mundane. In his signature childlike, dryly humorous style, Lord Birthday explores the things that make life so great, including jackets and bags and “booping someone on the nose.” Both strange and strangely moving, this collection will delight fans and newcomers alike.
About the Author
Chad Murphy is a father, college professor, failed baseball person, and former Mormon. He created Lord Birthday in 2015 as an anonymous outlet for his newly discovered absurdist streak. His unconventional biography was featured on NPR’s Invisibilia in 2017. Lord Birthday quickly gained traction on social media, leading him to focus on list-based comics, and now, short-short essays. His first book, How to Appear Normal at Social Events, was published in March 2018.
"This book is very funny and gave me more hope than a grilled cheese sandwich, which is saying a LOT." (Roz Chast, cartoonist for the New Yorker and author of CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?)
"This book of essays and drawings is deep, deeply funny, and strangely true. I'm very grateful that Lord Birthday exists." (Liana Finck, cartoonist for the New Yorker and author of PASSING FOR HUMAN)
"This book has turned my curvy heart inside out. To enter Lord Birthday's fever dream is to feel . . . say it with me . . . alive!" (Catherine Cohen, comedian)
"Do we really need hope right now? I'm not sure! Things really are going great! Regardless, if things ever do get bad, you can turn to this book and be reminded of all the little things that make life worth living . . . or at least laugh a little. Whatever helps." (Jenn Wasner, musician and founding member of Wye Oak)