Furiously Happy
May 28, 2019 2:31 AM - by Jenny Lawson - Subscribe

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 ...

"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."
posted by Faintdreams (2 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I liked it, but it felt a lot like, "her first book again, but maybe slightly less good."
posted by Chrysostom at 9:13 AM on May 28, 2019

Love this book. I also loved her first one, but this one seemed to delve further into the the meat of the stories she was telling. I found that hearing more about her feelings and motivations made it easy to find myself in them, to have that moment of "oh yea, I have totally been there" Maybe I'm just the same kind of weirdo that she is, but it's fun to find your kind of weirdo!
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 9:52 PM on May 28, 2019 [1 favorite]

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