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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Paperback – February 7, 2017
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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--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Praise for Jenny Lawson:
"We’re living in an era of bestselling books by female comedians… But Lawson’s book needs no lovable, familiar face on the front cover…She’s unapologetic, candid, outrageous, and the book reaches new levels of hilarity because of it." ―Entertainment Weekly (A)
“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
“You'll laugh, wince, writhe in discomfort, cry, then laugh again…But the two things you'll never do is doubt Jenny's brilliance or her fearlessness…She's changing the conversation one rented sloth at a time.” ―Brené Brown
“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
“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
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If you struggle with anxiety and depression or chronic illnesses, you may recognize elements of Jenny's journey as your own. It's not likely though that her life experience matches your own - her childhood was unconventional to say the least.
As I read this eagerly (my boyfriend and I often read together each night) I recognized both her struggles and her beautiful approach to life and struggling with mental illness. Furiously happy - when you are feeling well, filling your cup to sustain you through the darker times. It works.
This is her second book, but you don't really need to read the first book first. Though you should, it's hilarious. This one is a little less biographical and straightforward, a sort of collection of essay chapters about what it means to be "furiously happy." An excellent read for the lost, strange, and struggling--or those who love them.
It's very funny in parts. It's also disjointed, so the funny is often preceded or followed by very serious issues indeed, and I got something of a whiplash effect from that pacing. It's closer pacing in a book than it'd be on a blog, where essays are separated by time rather than a page or 2.
In short, while I am not sure who is the target audience here, I am reasonably confident I am not a part of it.
But it does help immensely reminds me I'm not alone. These feelings will pass. Depression lies. And there are people out there who would listen and care about me. When I can get it in paperback it's added to the purse as well. My hard cover copy stays by the bed.
Thank you for creating this world where broken people can come together and you help us with your blog . They have saved me more times then I should admit. But I'm still here because you've reached out in your words ❤
As one reads each passage and chapter one of the questions that may arise, is this senseless blabber? Probably, readers that are not accustomed to something completely different or delving into the realm of empathy, what Lawson writes about may not be understood. The key factor, relax and enjoy her stories and carry a heavy sense of humor. Readers familiar with stand up comedy or a wacky sitcom, this book may appeal to the curious.
Furiously Happy may provide a lesson to readers with the least sense of humor, there will most likely be a chuckle or two or laughter. And in essence, Lawson shows that she as well as many people have the ability to be humorous and to laugh at one's self. A highly recommended book for those that would like to find out.
Humor ROCKS in this.
There is a book Jenny Lawson put out first, so I'm reading them out of order, but I went and picked up the first book before I was even done with this one I loved it so much!