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Furiously happy : a funny book about horrible things
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Health, Mind and Body
Mental depression
Mental illness
Resilience (Personality trait)
Overcoming adversity
- United States
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-- 20th-21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Lawson's newest memoir is about her determination to embrace life-to be "furiously happy"-despite her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression. (There's also a surprising number of stories about taxidermied animals.) It's enthusiastically profane, consistently hilarious, and often surprisingly heartfelt and vulnerable. Between (and in the midst of) stories about her quest to hug koalas while wearing a koala costume in Australia and her plans to laminate her cats to prevent shedding, Lawson talks frankly about how mental illness hurts the quality of her life but also how it's taught her to value and take joy in new and unexpected aspects of living. After listening to the book it would be hard to imagine anyone other than Lawson herself reading such a personal work; her narration is as sincere, funny, and touching as her words. Verdict Recommended for readers looking for idiosyncratic memoirs, frank accounts of depression, and possibly also fans of taxidermy.-Jason Puckett, Georgia State Univ. Lib., Atlanta © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Lawson-aka "the Bloggess"-delivers a captivating roller-coaster ride of a performance that elicits wickedly uproarious laughter and heartfelt emotional catharsis. In this collection of personal issues, Lawson mixes her lifelong struggle with mental and physical illnesses and her quirky brand of humor, connecting those two threads together with the notion that those who suffer the deepest lows should embrace a form of happiness that allows for the wild and uninhibited side of life. Lawson possesses a distinct vocal pitch and tangential style of delivery that matches the unapologetically scattershot nature of her narrative. Her renderings of the daily banter of her marriage to a supportive husband with a diametrically opposite temperament ring with authenticity. As a quirky animal lover who also loves taxidermy, Lawson doesn't miss a beat in giving voice to the rich characterizations she has created for the critters in her life, both living and dead. Her language is not for the faint of heart, but the appeal of Lawson's sheer humanity cannot be denied. A Flatiron hardcover. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.
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