Furiously Happy

Furiously Happy

A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Book - 2015
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Her blog receives between 1-2 million page views per month and she has nearly 400,000 Twitter followers; her platform has grown exponentially since her first book and continues to expand. The Bloggess examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life in the fullest. "According to the many shrinks I've seen in the last two decades, I am a high-functioning depressive with severe anxiety disorder, mild bipolar tendencies, moderate clinical depression, mild self-harm issues, impulse control disorder, and occasional depersonalization disorder. Also, sprinkled in like paprika over a mentally unbalanced deviled egg, are mild OCD and trichotillomania."
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250077004
Characteristics: xxii, 329 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.

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Adult Non-Fiction | 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.


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AL_LESLEY May 28, 2017

Rambling hilariousness book-ended by some interesting reflections on her mental illness. Definitely kooky.

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CarleeMcDot
Apr 24, 2017

I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but any book with a super excited taxidermied raccoon on it should at least get the chance to be awesome, right?! Jenny not only shares a lot about her struggles with mental illness, but also about the craziness (and not in a mental ill kind of way) that is her life. I found myself thinking "this must be how the hubby's brain works" often (FYI - he isn't mentally ill, but he is super creative with his train of thought jumping all over the place that it is sometimes hard to follow or connect the dots). I really appreciate her openness and realness (as well as her humor). She reminds us that we are not alone and that we should let our freak flag fly... because all the best people do ;)

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dlh1
Mar 04, 2017

All I can say is that the author's husband must be a saint. Living with this woman would drive me nuts.

AL_LAURA Feb 07, 2017

The author narrates this audio book and it's totally wonderful. A real account of Jenny Lawson's life with mental illness and chronic pain, and still living a "furiously happy" life.

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MelissaYAReader
Dec 08, 2016

I love this book. It was funny, sometime illogical, and sometimes very honest. It was the perfect combination of serious and funny. I love how she uses her Furiously Happy outlook to combat her mental illness, and I appreciate her frank discussions of the topic. On a side note, her husband must be a saint. Overall this was a very entertaining and enlightening read.

Tricia00 Dec 06, 2016

I absolutely loved this audiobook. Jenny Lawson presents her struggle with mental illness in a hilarious, and surprisingly relatable way to her listener. Though the book does delve into more serious topics, the author is able to provide more than enough comic relief to keep the overall tone of the book upbeat and humorous. I would also recommend the audiobook over the physical book, as I found that listening to the author narrate her own work enhanced my enjoyment of the material.

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UrSenpaiWeeaboo
Nov 17, 2016

Very funny, very serious, very sad Love it

JCLHopeH Nov 16, 2016

I have a ton of respect for Jenny Lawson and her open, entertaining approach to her life and in many ways, more broadly, the human struggle ... especially when you have to conquer your own mind dark/sad/crazy games. Sometimes her humor is a shade off for me, but even then I appreciate it. I expect many of us can find something we can relate to (in ourselves and/or in others) and laugh along as we cope.

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Ralphiesp
Oct 13, 2016

very funny and well written! A few too many swear words but whatever. jenny through the memoir shines the light on the importance of dealing with and understanding mental illness. This book teaches both sufferers and their loved ones that being diagnosed with a mental anguish it’s not something to run away from but to embrace and understand! She makes some very important points to think over and consider before we judge others who are suffering from inner demons and to concur our fears.

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trulyjennifer
Sep 22, 2016

Being a fan of Jenny Lawson since reading her debut title, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir (2012)“, I was excited to learn of her most recent release, as I was certain it would not disappoint. Boy, was I right! I enjoyed this book immensely. Throughout the entire book I found myself laughing out loud or tearing up, sometimes tearing up because I was laughing so uncontrollably. This book is both relatable and hilarious. It offers a sort of direct insight into the world of mental illness. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who suffers, or knows someone who suffers.

“Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” is a compilation of comedic essays themed on mental illness. Author Jenny Lawson, a longterm sufferer, uses her unique, witty writing voice to take the reader on a journey of a day in the life of someone who struggles with their “brain wanting to kill them.” She writes that her mission for publishing this memoir, of sorts, is to offer a sense of relation to sufferers, while also giving insight to the friends and family of these individuals. I found her book to meet both these measures.

My Overall Rating: Although a few of the essays were lacking substance, I found most to be both entertaining and relevant. Lawson’s relaxed and engrossing storytelling method was very enjoyable, feeling at times reminiscent of a correspondence from a close friend. I conclude this new release by Jenny Lawson to be a solid “4” rating. I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

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Ralphiesp
Oct 10, 2016

"All dressing rooms are just small cubes of vulnerability with mirrors to help multiply the shame"

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nmcaskey
Jun 09, 2016

"I want to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, but without selling any Coca-Cola products."

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Apr 19, 2016

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SPL_Stephanie Apr 06, 2016

Although mental health is no laughing matter, Jenny Lawson humorously tells stories of her lifelong battle with mental health issues in her latest book, Furiously Happy. In this witty memoir, Lawson takes readers on a wildly entertaining journey of her personal struggles with anxiety and depression. With the rise of mental illness and corresponding stigma, this book sheds light on issues that many face in silence on a daily basis. From dealing with the devastating loss of loved ones, to tackling her crippling fears, Lawson’s struggles and triumphs remind readers that they are not alone.

Not only does Lawson allow readers to be part of her personal battles, she also provides insight into how her health affects her family members. Through uproarious anecdotes, Lawson light-heartedly discusses how her illnesses impact her husband and daughter. With one in five Canadians currently dealing with mental health issues, this book offers gentle guidance to those suffering and/or helping a loved one who is struggling with their mental health.
Lawson allows readers to freely enter her world filled with dark patches of turmoil and challenges. In doing so, she inadvertently challenges readers to be introspective. Despite her struggles, this renowned blogger and author promotes the need to live life to its fullest and to embrace the inevitable highs and lows. As the 21st Century is defined for being fast-paced and constantly connected, resulting in stress and health challenges, this book reminds readers not to take life so seriously.

From wearing koala bear costumes in Australia to participating in insomnia-induced escapades with her taxidermied raccoon, every page is filled with quirky stories that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Lawson’s ability to overcome adversary and to tackle serious mental health issues in a hilarious and witty manner is truly inspirational.

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