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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Furiously Happy A Funny Book About Horrible Things Author:Jenny Lawson 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... more » 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 bear 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?« less
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Lawson's ups and downs with depression are...inspiring. Even through the worst of times she forces herself to understand and realize that it is not always going to be bleak and painful. She is a fighter - what I like most is that she is not one bit pretentious. She is delightfully quirky - she knows she's not perfect, and she doesn't try to be. Her husband deserves mad props as well. He's so supportive and calls her on her BS without being mean about it. They share a lovely relationship. They are both hysterical and bring out the best in one another. I look forward to reading more about their journey together.