Furiously Happy

Furiously Happy

A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Book - 2015
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

In Furiously Happy , a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest:

"I've often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that 'normal people' also might never understand. And that's what Furiously Happy is all about."

Jenny's readings are standing room only, with fans lining up to have Jenny sign their bottles of Xanax or Prozac as often as they are to have her sign their books. Furiously Happy appeals to Jenny's core fan base but also transcends it. There are so many people out there struggling with depression and mental illness, either themselves or someone in their family--and in Furiously Happy they will find a member of their tribe offering up an uplifting message (via a taxidermied roadkill raccoon). Let's Pretend This Never Happened ostensibly was about embracing your own weirdness, but deep down it was about family. Furiously Happy is about depression and mental illness, but deep down it's about joy--and who doesn't want a bit more of that?

Publisher: New York, New York : Flatiron Books, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781250077028
9781250077004
Characteristics: xxii, 329 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm

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PimaLib_MattL Jul 02, 2018

Parts were really funny, other parts were mildly amusing. The many short chapters, each a little anecdote, make this a great 'toilet book'. It works if you leave it by the toilet and read a random chapter each day, rather than reading it cover to cover.

Gina_Vee Apr 05, 2018

I honestly don't think the audiobook for this book gets enough praise. This book is funny and heart-wrenching at the same time, which is what makes it good. The author reading her own book makes it even better.

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LaVelleG
Jan 14, 2018

I listened to about 3 minutes of this. I just don't enjoy profanity and there is too much of it for my taste.

ArapahoeLesley May 28, 2017

Rambling hilariousness book-ended by some interesting reflections on her mental illness. Definitely kooky.

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CarleeMcDot
Apr 24, 2017

I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but any book with a super excited taxidermied raccoon on it should at least get the chance to be awesome, right?! Jenny not only shares a lot about her struggles with mental illness, but also about the craziness (and not in a mental ill kind of way) that is her life. I found myself thinking "this must be how the hubby's brain works" often (FYI - he isn't mentally ill, but he is super creative with his train of thought jumping all over the place that it is sometimes hard to follow or connect the dots). I really appreciate her openness and realness (as well as her humor). She reminds us that we are not alone and that we should let our freak flag fly... because all the best people do ;)

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dlh1
Mar 04, 2017

All I can say is that the author's husband must be a saint. Living with this woman would drive me nuts.

I love this book. It was funny, sometime illogical, and sometimes very honest. It was the perfect combination of serious and funny. I love how she uses her Furiously Happy outlook to combat her mental illness, and I appreciate her frank discussions of the topic. On a side note, her husband must be a saint. Overall this was a very entertaining and enlightening read.

Tricia00 Dec 06, 2016

I absolutely loved this audiobook. Jenny Lawson presents her struggle with mental illness in a hilarious, and surprisingly relatable way to her listener. Though the book does delve into more serious topics, the author is able to provide more than enough comic relief to keep the overall tone of the book upbeat and humorous. I would also recommend the audiobook over the physical book, as I found that listening to the author narrate her own work enhanced my enjoyment of the material.

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UrSenpaiWeeaboo
Nov 17, 2016

Very funny, very serious, very sad Love it

JCLHopeH Nov 16, 2016

I have a ton of respect for Jenny Lawson and her open, entertaining approach to her life and in many ways, more broadly, the human struggle ... especially when you have to conquer your own mind dark/sad/crazy games. Sometimes her humor is a shade off for me, but even then I appreciate it. I expect many of us can find something we can relate to (in ourselves and/or in others) and laugh along as we cope.

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Oct 10, 2016

"All dressing rooms are just small cubes of vulnerability with mirrors to help multiply the shame"

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nmcaskey
Jun 09, 2016

"I want to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, but without selling any Coca-Cola products."

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SPL_Stephanie Apr 06, 2016

Although mental health is no laughing matter, Jenny Lawson humorously tells stories of her lifelong battle with mental health issues in her latest book, Furiously Happy. In this witty memoir, Lawson takes readers on a wildly entertaining journey of her personal struggles with anxiety and depression. With the rise of mental illness and corresponding stigma, this book sheds light on issues that many face in silence on a daily basis. From dealing with the devastating loss of loved ones, to tackling her crippling fears, Lawson’s struggles and triumphs remind readers that they are not alone.

Not only does Lawson allow readers to be part of her personal battles, she also provides insight into how her health affects her family members. Through uproarious anecdotes, Lawson light-heartedly discusses how her illnesses impact her husband and daughter. With one in five Canadians currently dealing with mental health issues, this book offers gentle guidance to those suffering and/or helping a loved one who is struggling with their mental health.
Lawson allows readers to freely enter her world filled with dark patches of turmoil and challenges. In doing so, she inadvertently challenges readers to be introspective. Despite her struggles, this renowned blogger and author promotes the need to live life to its fullest and to embrace the inevitable highs and lows. As the 21st Century is defined for being fast-paced and constantly connected, resulting in stress and health challenges, this book reminds readers not to take life so seriously.

From wearing koala bear costumes in Australia to participating in insomnia-induced escapades with her taxidermied raccoon, every page is filled with quirky stories that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Lawson’s ability to overcome adversary and to tackle serious mental health issues in a hilarious and witty manner is truly inspirational.

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