Furiously Happy

Furiously Happy

A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Book - 2015
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"In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best. As Jenny says: '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'... Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny's mom says, 'Maybe 'crazy' isn't so bad after all.' Sometimes crazy is just right"--
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250077004
1250077001
Branch Call Number: Literature 070.92 Law

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SchroederTribe Jul 07, 2015

Jenny Lawson's frank and funny follow up to "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" brings the reader around the world, and around the greater expanse of Lawson's mental universe reminding us that we all have room to be furiously happy.


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Fuzzy_Slippers
Oct 31, 2020

The funny ramblings of someone who struggles with both their mental and physical health. Many people are sure to relate to her struggles

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lilbitnerdy
Sep 14, 2020

Jenny can only be described as a loveable weirdo. Having gotten to know her over the years through her blog and Twitter feed, this book was a definite read. And it didn't disappoint.

It's a look at some of the cringe-worthy and oddball moments that she's well-known for. But for me, it's also a great reminder to look a little deeper and maybe not take things so seriously. It's a bright spot in an otherwise mundane day.

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anomalyofnature
Aug 31, 2020

I wanted to love this book; I enjoy memoirs, particularly ones dealing with topics to which I can relate. I had read Lawson's blog before and found it entertaining, so this seemed like a slam dunk. What works in blog format just didn't come together for me as a book, though. It felt like Lawson was trying so hard to be "zany" and emphasize how wild her life was that I wanted less to connect with her and more to tell her that she didn't have to prove anything to anyone. I'm grateful that a lot of folks love and connect with her work, but it's just not for me.

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andreabilyeu
May 22, 2020

I peed my pants a little bit from laughing while reading this book. I've re-read it at least two or three times.

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amnevitt
Feb 29, 2020

There are things I love about Furiously Happy. By exposing her life and "furiously happy" way of coping with mental illness, she invites readers to join her in the everyday realities of her lived experiences. She takes scary topics, like "anti-psychotics," and she uses humor to diffuse fear while also providing insight about what it means to be a person whose life is vastly improved by medication and therapies. We need more bold voices like Jenny's to build a more just and compassionate world for self-care and communal understanding of mental health and mental illness.

That said, I'm not in a space where I find laughter amidst the humor. I picked it up with the promise of "laughing out loud" - something I could really use. That said, I find myself more attuned to the pain lurking beneath the surface of the silliest encounters in Jenny's narration, and it isn't a source of comic relief for me at present. That isn't to say I couldn't read it at a different time in life and find it fantastically funny. Maybe that's because Jenny's writing is just so real that it encompasses furious happiness and devastating pain.

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digitbaxter
Jan 14, 2020

This book made me laugh hysterically and cry at how precisely she wrote about living with mental and physical illness. I also suffer both. I had my husband read several chapters which explained perfectly what life is like for people with these problems. He said "I had no idea". Fortunately, like Jenny, I have a very patient and loving husband who holds me during the rough times and celebrate the good days. There isn't a cure or a magically potion. Years of therapy and constant review of meds helps, but I still spend a lot of time on the toilet crying - it's very therapeutic. People also need to understand psychiatrists are medical doctors and they are trained to prescribe psychiatric meds for a specific problem or even different seasons. Jenny described all of these behaviors perfectly.

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joliebergman
Sep 24, 2019

A very sweet, funny, and surprisingly self-helpy memoir.

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egress
Aug 16, 2019

When my kids hear me laughing uncontrollably, they ask “Are you reading THAT BOOK again? ! The one with the mouse or raccoon?”
They know me well.

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jeff1885
May 06, 2019

It didn't take me long to read this book. I just visually ripped through the short chapters, and found that I was done. Several of the chapters hold deep significants with me. The book has an honest truth that shows just how hard it is to deal with brain issues and "just getting over it" just doesn't work. At the very least it gives you a peek into the life of someone that has mental issues and should change how you think. It is worth the read, and your time.

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cannotbeheard
Mar 18, 2019

This is probably more of a 4.25 rating. I really enjoyed this book. There were quite a few things that I read and thought, I think that way too! I liked how random and wild Jenny is. One of my favorite things about this book was how she talked about her insecurities and how crippling they can be. Or how crippling depression and anxiety can be. I've never hidden under a table but I've sure felt the desire to disappear when the pressure is too much. Or I've just walked out because I felt like everyone was against me. One of the best parts of this books is her talking about her relationship with her husband.

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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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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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