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.


"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.'"

Furiously Happy is about "taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they're the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It's the difference between "surviving life" and "living life". It's the difference between "taking a shower" and "teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair." It's the difference between being "sane" and being "furiously happy."

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, c2015
ISBN: 9781250077004
1250077001
Branch Call Number: B LAWSON
Characteristics: xxii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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I listened to this book as an audiobook. The subtitle describes the book perfectly – it is both very funny and very sad. Lawson suffers from depression and various other mental and physical issues. The title comes from her deciding to be “furiously happy” and live life to the fullest during the times when she’s able. I found the funny and horrible to be mixed very well–a serious chapter about depression followed by something bizarre about taxidermy raccoons.

Lawson isn’t for everyone; she has a very odd sense of humour and a rather foul mouth and is very frank about depression. But if you enjoy quirky humour and live with depression yourself or in a loved one, this is a great listen. Lawson is a true advocate for mental illness and she provides a very real look at depression – I was particularly interested in her description of how people with mental illness just don’t have the same amount of energy as “normal” people (she calls it the “spoon theory”) and how it is not treated like a disease–sufferers are told to get over it or just be happy while we would never say such things to people with physical ailments. I laughed a lot and I really admire her philosophy of being furiously happy, I plan to try it myself! (Submitted by Gayle).

PimaLib_MattL Jul 02, 2018

Parts were really funny, other parts were mildly amusing. The many short chapters, each a little anecdote, make this a great 'toilet book'. It works if you leave it by the toilet and read a random chapter each day, rather than reading it cover to cover.

Gina_Vee Apr 05, 2018

I honestly don't think the audiobook for this book gets enough praise. This book is funny and heart-wrenching at the same time, which is what makes it good. The author reading her own book makes it even better.

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LaVelleG
Jan 14, 2018

I listened to about 3 minutes of this. I just don't enjoy profanity and there is too much of it for my taste.

ArapahoeLesley 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.

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

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

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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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