Title: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things
Author: Jenny Lawson
Publisher Info / Release: Flatiron Books/ September 22, 2015
Rating: 4 / 5 ⭐️’s
Synopsis: 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?
My new adventure of listening to audiobooks led me to my overdrive local library in search of a new audiobook to listen to on my work commute. My first reaction when I started listening to the books was this is freakin’ awesome the author is narrating the book, c’mon who knows their book better than the author. I loved Jenny’s upbeat and enthusiastic voice. Honestly I do not think another narrator could have done this book justice. Anyhoo….
Let’s talk about the story! I absolutely loved it! I have anxiety and depression and found Jenny’s story to be relate-able to an extent. I cannot relate to all the taxidermied animals. I found Jenny to be an inspiration to similar sufferers. She has been able to take these terrible diseases that she has experienced first hand and look back on those experiences and poke fun at what happened to her. She doesn’t dwell on the past and the times that she can’t get out of bed or is so riddled with anxiety that she can’t leave the house. She has found a way to tell her story and look back on those terrible moments and cast humor over them. She is living FURIOUSLY Fabulous!!! I needed this book, it made me laugh hysterically and at the same time say to myself YES that is totally me!
I can understand how her writing style may not be some peoples cup of tea. I did find it hard to stick with some of her rants but I enjoyed her honesty so much it made up for that. She writes as if she is writing a diary entry with some ADD thrown in. This book definitely made me FURIOUSLY HAPPY listening to it.