- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books; Reprint edition (February 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250077028
- ISBN-13: 978-1250077028
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 25.8 x 209.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,775 customer reviews)
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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 Hardcover 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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Her first book is a memoir of her bizarre childhood. It's presented in a comic manner and I suspect that many readers will be upset to learn that her life hasn't been non-stop laughs. Not that this one isn't wet-your-pants funny in parts, but Ms. Lawson's main goal here is to discuss her life-long battle with depression and she does so in a way that's peculiarly her own. (And sometimes just peculiar.) Mental illness is the Final Frontier of medicine and we still can't fully convinced ourselves that it's not "all in your head." Of course, it IS "all in your head" but that doesn't make it less debilitating or easier to treat. The societal costs of untreated or poorly treated mental illness in terms of suicide, unemployment or underemployment, incarceration, etc. has never been calculated. Maybe we just don't want to think about it.
This is an inside look at chronic depression from a woman who has struggled all of her life and will continue to do so. Barring a miracle cure, there are no happy endings for those with chronic depression. But there can be happy days and hours and minutes in between the misery and Jenny valiantly grabs every one of them and savors it. If you have ever suffered from depression or if you love someone who has, you should read this book.
I remember reading LET'S PRETEND and thinking that it must have been uncomfortable growing up with a father whose idea of parenting was waking his little daughters up and telling them that he had brought them a pet squirrel. The "pet" was road-kill that Dad had gutted and was using as a hand puppet. Not exactly the sort of childhood memory that makes it into the eulogy, right? But it turns out that having a taxidermist father has some advantages after all. When her stuffed road-kill raccoon suffers a Las Vegas-related accident, Pop was able to fashion new hands and feet for it. [Incidentally, road-kill isn't really a literary "theme" in these books. It's just something that Texas has a LOT of.]
This family has been given enough lemons to keep a lemonade stand going indefinitely. I admire this lady (and her wonderful husband!) more than I can say. She is a beacon of hope for those who live in the shadows. God bless her.
Jenny Lawson's second book does not disappoint. If you are a fan of funny things, or if you have suffered from mental illnesses (or know someone who does) this will hit you in all the right places. it will tickle your funnybone, and at times it might make you tear up. i had quite a range of emotions just in the first few chapters. in fact, i haven't even finished it yet but i am confident that it deserves more than 5 stars. i am going to write a note to Amazon, picketing for more than 5 stars! - this is at least 6 stars worth of funny!!!!
you do not need to read Jenny's first book to jump into this one, in case you were wondering, however, i strongly suggest reading it to get a lot of references that she discusses and to get a better background on her family and upbringing. it will give you the back story on Beyonce the chicken, and also taxidermy. you may even want to head over to her blog (thebloggess.com) for a little taste of her humor and insight.
i also suggest to read the entire book including the preface and such that you might normally skip over. this book is great, and i cannot wait for her next one!!!! i also suggest getting the hard copy over kindle because i am a little mad that i don't have the cute Rory cover to look at!
PS- tip- when Jenny travels to do book signings and such, she often stops in the airport bookstores and signs copies! follow her on instagram to see where she is doing mystery signings to get yourself a backup copy!
And: “When you come out of the grips of depression, you are a survivor who doesn’t get a pat on the back or congratulations from coworkers.”
And: “’Just cheer up’ is an almost universally looked at as the most unhelpful cure ever. It’s pretty much the equivalent of telling someone who just had their legs amputated to ‘just walk it off.’”
She points out that mental illness is a severe chemical imbalance and not just “having a case of the Mondays.”
She recommends enjoying the non-shi@#y things in life and reminds us that even when everything is going our way, we can still be sad.
Even for folks who don’t battle anxiety disorder and clinical depression (as opposed to situational depression when you lose a loved one or a job or something), this is a hilarious, fun book. This is her second book, but the first of hers I read. I look forward to reading her first book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.