Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things (Paperback)

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Jenny Lawson’s second book, following Let’s Pretend This Never Happened will not disappoint anyone who loves her writing or is fascinated by her tortured (but funny) journey through life.  She is at her manic peak, but this time she delves more deeply into her dark side, to her benefit and that of others. 

There are still hilariously weird happenings, both contemporary and historical as one would expect. Be sure to read the “granny panties for Christmas” section on page 22. If you have not been captivated before by Jenny’s tales, this will set the hook and reel you in.  But wait, there’s more!

She is brutally honest about her mental challenges, and challenges they are: when your body is trying to kill, you, as Jenny’s is and when your mind adds a layer of neurotic frosting to the already tortuous confection of a life both ecstatically happy and capable of inducing suicidal impulses, the story you have to tell is remarkable, to say the very, very least. After reading this book you may think that rheumatoid arthritis is not so bad, compared to what your brain can do to you. 

Never fear, however. She is still just as funny as ever, and more so, now that we know her a little better. Her series of arguments with her long-suffering and almost unbelievably patient husband, Victor are worthy of trotting out at dinner parties to a guaranteed positive reception. She is just so DAMNED FUNNY.

I have a challenge for you: read her first book, read this one and say with honesty that you do not love this woman for her courage, her strength and her ability to see humor in what would normally be called demented perceptions and behavior.  I have not met Jenny. I’m not sure I want to. But I will absolutely read anything she writes, now and forever. I am blessed not to have been visited by her demons, but there are many to whom she has given hope. May she find an easier path in future.

— Eric Boss, a Tattered Cover fixture for decades and an insatiable reader

October 2015 Indie Next List

“Anyone living with depression knows that it's like being held hostage by your own brain, and sometimes survival means clinging to the knowledge that it won't last forever. Lawson takes this to the next level in Furiously Happy, her catalogue of the wonderful, ridiculous adventures that she has gone on in an effort to make the good times overshadow the bad. By fearlessly embracing her weirdness and being open about her experiences with mental illness in a culture that still largely stigmatizes and misunderstands such disorders, Lawson shines a light on what it's like to live with depression, OCD, insomnia, and anxiety. More than that, though, she shows that it is possible to fight back - even if it sometimes requires holding a midnight raccoon rodeo.”
— Marita Rivir (M), Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH


#1 New York Times Bestseller

In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest:

"I've often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people' also might never understand. And that's what Furiously Happy is all about."

Jenny’s readings are standing room only, with fans lining up to have Jenny sign their bottles of Xanax or Prozac as often as they are to have her sign their books. Furiously Happy appeals to Jenny's core fan base but also transcends it. There are so many people out there struggling with depression and mental illness, either themselves or someone in their family—and in Furiously Happy they will find a member of their tribe offering up an uplifting message (via a taxidermied roadkill raccoon). Let's Pretend This Never Happened ostensibly was about embracing your own weirdness, but deep down it was about family. Furiously Happy is about depression and mental illness, but deep down it's about joy—and who doesn't want a bit more of that?

About the Author

Jenny Lawson is an award-winning humorist known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with mental illness. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter and was constantly “buying too many books” (“Not a real thing,” she insists), so she decided to skip the middleman and just started her own bookshop, which also serves booze because books and booze are what magic is made of. She has previously written Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, both of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also wrote You Are Here, which inexplicably made it onto the New York Times bestseller list in spite of the fact that it was basically a very fun coloring book. She would like to be your friend unless you’re a real asshole. And yes, she realizes that this whole paragraph is precisely the reason she shouldn’t be allowed to write her own bio.

Praise For…

Praise for Jenny Lawson:

"We’re living in an era of bestselling books by female comedians… But Lawson’s book needs no lovable, familiar face on the front cover…She’s unapologetic, candid, outrageous, and the book reaches new levels of hilarity because of it." —Entertainment Weekly (A)

“Jenny made me laugh so hard I feared for my safety! I think that's how she was able to get past my defenses and make me feel more okay about myself.” —Allie Brosh

“You'll laugh, wince, writhe in discomfort, cry, then laugh again…But the two things you'll never do is doubt Jenny's brilliance or her fearlessness…She's changing the conversation one rented sloth at a time.” —Brené Brown

“Lawson's self-deprecating humor is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it allows her to speak...in a real and raw way.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Take one part David Sedaris and two parts Chelsea Handler and you'll have some inkling of the cockeyed humor of Jenny Lawson...[She] flaunts the sort of fearless comedic chops that will make you spurt Diet Coke through your nose.” —Parade

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250077028
ISBN-10: 1250077028
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English