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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Hardcover – September 22, 2015
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An Amazon Best Book of September 2015: Jenny Lawson follows up her marvelous debut Let’s Pretend This Never Happened with her determination to be furiously happy: she will seize the strangest and most glorious moments of her life while she stares down her depression, severe anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, and much more—and dares it to stop her. Furiously Happy is not only a battle cry but a delirious seesaw of a memoir. One moment you swoop upward as Lawson relates her attempts to hold a koala in Australia while wearing a koala costume and explains her quirky love for taxidermied animals (who must be dead from natural causes only), and you’re giggling like a three-year-old. Then your stomach drops like an artillery shell when Lawson exposes the dark side of her mental illnesses: trying not to cut herself and holing up in her bedroom for days on end. The ups and downs make this a difficult book to read all in one go. However, Lawson uses both her hilarious and heartbreaking episodes to camouflage so many life lessons and biting observations. (A poignant example: when cancer victims don’t respond to medication, no one blames the cancer victim; people with mental illness don’t get the same respect.) This is a book you’ll want to savor. Whether or not you too suffer from depression, you’ll turn the last page fired up by Lawson’s conviction that you can be furiously happy no matter what life hurls at you.--Adrian Liang
“Jenny made me laugh so hard I feared for my safety! I think that's how she was able to get past my defenses and make me feel more okay about myself.” ―Allie Brosh, author of Hyperbole and a Half
“You'll laugh, wince, writhe in discomfort, cry, then laugh again. You might even feel the need to buy a raccoon. But the two things you'll never do is doubt Jenny's brilliance or her fearlessness when it comes to having honest discussions about mental illness, shame, and the power of human resilience. She's changing the conversation one rented sloth at a time.” ―Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Daring Greatly
“I freaked strangers out by snort-laughing on the subway and in restaurants. I can't stop talking about this book to friends. I'll shut up now and let you resume your life but buy this book. It's AMAZING.” ―Paul Fischer, author of A Kim Jong-Il Production
“The Bloggess writes stuff that actually is laugh-out-loud, but you know that really you shouldn't be laughing and probably you'll go to hell for laughing, so maybe you shouldn't read it. That would be safer and wiser.” ―Neil Gaiman
“Even when I was funny, I wasn't this funny.” ―Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors and This Is How
“Lawson's self-deprecating humor is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it allows her to speak...in a real and raw way.” ―O, The Oprah Magazine
“[Lawson] writes with a rambling irreverence that makes you wish she were your best friend.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Take one part David Sedaris and two parts Chelsea Handler and you'll have some inkling of the cockeyed humor of Jenny Lawson...[She] flaunts the sort of fearless comedic chops that will make you spurt Diet Coke through your nose.” ―Parade
Top customer reviews
Also highly recommend Jenny's first book, aside from the inner ear piercing title chapter songs in the audiobook it is g-r-e-a-t. Really should have both.
I am so glad that Jenny wrote these book and that she narrated them as well as she has a beautiful lilting voice that so emphasizes her humor as well as makes you feel what it's like, if you don't know by experience, struggling with the emotion and mental disorders and the treatments.
And to that end it makes me wish that Jenny was my best friend because she is that lovable.
Everyone should read this book (and Let's Pretend This Never Happened, and the blog!) unless you don't cuss like a sailor, or are easily offended, or don't see the humor in the everyday grossness and absurdities of life. And if you're easily offended, you know what? Get over yourself and read it anyway.
I love the way she closes:
"To all who walk the dark path, and to those who walk in the sunshine but hold out a hand in the darkness to travel beside us:
~Brighter days are coming.
~Clearer sight will arrive.
~And you will arrive, too.
No, it might not be forever. The bright moments might be for a few days at a time, but hold on for those days. Those days are worth the dark."
If you too have been gifted with depression, anxiety or any invisible illness that makes people tell you that "it's all in your head" then this book can be a lifesaver. (Where do they keep their brains? I mean, obviously it's in my head?!) Literally helped saved my life. I've had dark moments when I felt so alone & I've reached for this book, just to have something to hold & give me hope while getting my ugly cry on. Cathartic goodness. It's a best friend, a source of inspiration & I really could go on & on. I love this book madly, in case you can't tell. I'd recommend buying at least 3; you'll want to share it with people you love, without letting your copy leave your paws. Get "YOU ARE HERE" while you're at it. These books are magic y'all & so is Jenny.
Most recent customer reviews
It makes you think and laugh alot.
Makes your life seem not so bad.
My partner wanted these and is very happy.