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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Published by Macmillan Audio

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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About this audiobook

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.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateSep 22, 2015
ISBN9781427264794
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Fantastic book. The author is hilarious, poignant, insightful and extremely entertaining. I will read this again, not because I missed anything, but because I want to laugh out loud again at all the things I laughed out loud at the first time.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This book is exactly what you'd expect from Jenny Lawson. Quirky, bizarre, and funny. However, it is all those things in exactly the way you'd expect it. This is a problem I've always had with comedy, comedies, and comedians. It loses its edge for me quickly. So yes, I laughed, but not as hard and not as often. And yes, she said some encouraging and insightful things. I think she's still as good as she ever was, but I'm more used to it now.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I love Jenny. So much. I started this book in December when I went to her book signing. It took me six months to read it because in the middle, I hit a depressive bout so awful that I couldn't even focus on reading for fun. I made it through my two courses, and I functioned enough on a day-to-day basis, but my one real hobby was impossible to touch. This weekend, I finished two books that I started back then. Jenny's book really reminded me that going through all of this was okay. Now it's time to get back to being Furiously Happy. Thanks, Jenny. If you deal with mental illness or know people that do, I highly recommend both of Jenny's books for insight and understanding and a whole bunch of laughter (and some tears).
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Jenny reads out loud many short pieces - many of them super goofy, many of them touching. She's got her own bizarre sense of humor and a great imagination. I had a lovely time listening to her.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Some true laugh out loud moments, but also a lot of rambling and stream of consciousness. I definitely enjoyed this, but at times her rambling did get excessive. The parts about the taxidermy were the best!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I listened to the audiobook, which I suspect is better than reading it in print. The parts pertaining to mental illness are stellar. The many, many quirky and bizarre rants and stories however get a little old. Many of them sound like things I'd say or do, so if you're not of the quirky and bizarre tribe it might be way too much. I think you'll quickly figure out whether you love or hate the author though.