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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 20 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 22, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VAVPQKC
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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Audiobook – Unabridged
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But let’s start with the book. Furiously Happy is not nearly as funny as Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, but I will venture to say that it is infinitely more important. The essays in the book on mental health were so raw, so real, and so incredibly honest it was almost painful to hear her read them in the auditorium. While not as painful to read them on my own – they did have a sense of heartache surrounding them, more so when you consider that one in four Americans is affected by mental illness and there is still such shame and stigma surrounding it.
Furiously Happy starts out strong, but then as the chapters roll on it begins to fizzle out. Interspersed in the book are essays having little or nothing to do with mental illness that feel a bit forced in an attempt at levity, which admittedly, perhaps Furiously Happy needs to be bearable at all, so painful and honest are the essays concerning Lawson’s mental health.
So then there was the question and answer session and the book signing. Lawson’s presentation on stage was engaging and wonderful. The fans she attracts are… devoted, to say the least. Not that it can be blamed on Lawson, but many of the questions weren’t questions at all — they were long personal stories that I can’t imagine much of the audience cared about. However Lawson responded to each anecdote with poise and charm. Despite her anxiety issues, she is a complete pro. A memorable part of the evening was when her husband Victor called and she decided to take the call on speakerphone. Why yes I did take video of it…
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.
First of all, this is the funniest book I've read in a long time. Almost every page gave me a reason to laugh and Jenny's quick wit and digressions kept me mentally involved in each of her misadventures throughout the 300 pages. With her husband, Victor, playing the perfect straight man to her bombardment of ideas and schemes, "Furiously Happy" delivers on the laughs in a big way.
When not being intentionally hilarious (and succeeding), Jenny describes the ups and (mostly) downs of living with mental illness. But never once did I feel I was being preached at, or made to feel 'sorry" for her because of this. She is unflinchingly honest in her feelings and lifestyle that is a direct result of her illness. Other reviewers have called it uplifting, and I would have to agree. But, even more, it's eye opening for people who may not live with a mental disorder.
Because "crazy people" aren't all homeless or trying to murder you in a Wal-Mart. And we can all learn a thing or two from this book in that regard. If you suffer from one or more mental illnesses you can be inspired. If you don't, you can learn how not to be a complete a** hat to those that do. Like telling them to just "be happy". Jenny discusses this form of "advice" in the book and does it with grace and humor.
I would recommend this book for people who like to laugh HARD with or without a mental disease. And I would also recommend it to people who DON'T like to laugh. Because this book will change that about you. I bought the Kindle edition, but if Jenny ever stops by my area for a book signing, I will buy another copy to have signed. If she's not hiding under a table that is! Great book.
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