Monday, November 2, 2015

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things 
by Jenny Lawson
September 2015

Book Jacket Summary
In LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

According to Jenny: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos."

"Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding.'"

Jenny's first book, LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. FURIOUSLY HAPPY is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it's about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways-and who doesn't need a bit more of that?

My Thoughts 
Jenny Lawson is probably one of my favorite people on the planet and her second book just makes it even more clear that she is moving up the ranks to be right below my parent and my best friend (you know who you are). She makes me laugh, cry, and giggle hysterically with each blog post, book, and tweet. It is hard to describe her without sounding crazy because she is crazy herself and is quite open about it (although sometimes I wonder how she got in my own head). Her boughts with depression, arthritis, taxidermy buying, mental illness, love, and parenting are chronicled in this wonderful book. I have a copy of my own that I preordered and got signed in Dallas when Jenny stopped at the Half-Price Books to do a reading. It was all that I wanted and she is just as lovely, strange, and relatable in person. 

The audiobook is wonderful and I highly recommend listening to it at work because the day flies by and you can't wait to run into your office and listen to more stories. Jenny is a great narrator and she tells a story about reading her first book and how she had to pretend to be great. Well, she became great! A few of the stories I had read on her blog but most were new and made me feel like I was not alone in my life. I cannot tell you how much I loved this book- especially my signed copy! Just be sure you do not mind cursing because Jenny Lawson can keep up with any sailor and no topic is taboo- especially the taboo ones. Sit back and enjoy the maddness!    

Book Pairings 
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day


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