- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books; Reprint edition (February 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250077028
- ISBN-13: 978-1250077028
- ASIN: 1250077028
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 2,283 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
About the Author
JENNY LAWSON, The Bloggess, is an award-winning humor writer known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with depression and mental illness. Her two memoirs, Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, were #1 New York Times bestsellers.
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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 I need to respond to reviews that were bitchy about the author's "luxury" of not being able to get out of bed, and what was perceived as name-dropping: Mental illness is not all created equal. I only say that because my FIRST impulse was to scold those idiots for judging a sick person by well-person rules, but then I thought that was mean. Maybe they are just less unwell. Personally, I've had days when I couldn't leave my cocoon, and there's nothing luxurious about it. It's hell. And hey, wow, a famous person knows some other famous people, who were so cool they helped her! That's name-dropping?
Maybe if you're healthy, or if you're in denial, or you're just a judgmental boob, this book won't be funny or work at all for you. I feel sorry for you, because Jenny (I feel like we're on a first-name basis now), is a kick-ass, genuine, smart, hilarious survivor you'd be blessed by if you had any sense.
It's not a book for everyone, although if everyone read it, they'd all realize that we're all a little mentally ill. And I'm a psychologist so I actually have a degree that gives me permission to say so.