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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

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Jenny Lawson

8 Hours 20 Minutes

Macmillan Audio

September 2015

Audio Book Summary

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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  • mp77

    This is a really great book, read by the author. I can't fathom reading this book on paper with out the author's inflections or emotions. She has some unique insights, that I value. I hadn't thought that I might have similar opinions or experiences as someone who has such severe social disorders... not that I was better, just that I thought my quirks were mine, not traits that she speaks about having in common with a large portion of her audience. I cant imagine the anxiety that she has or the myriad of other conditions she talks about, but I applaud her writing, and "acting like she's good at it" in narrating he book... it would have been lost without her personal touch on it.

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  • Wendy S

    I have never in my life have had some one that I can relate with and pretty much can describe themselves to be so much like myself, all except the sleeping disorder. I am in awe. Instead of a dead critter, though, I do carry around a doll who holds on to my Jack Daniels, rides goats and loves petting zoos and riding on huge rooster statues. Since my children refuse (they are teenagers) to take pictures with me, my doll does! Thank you for your inspiration, your statements on mental illnesses and to embrace them. Thank you! You are a true inspiration and truly help people with similarities to yourself. You have helped me in more ways than one! I would refer your books to anyone that loves someone with mental illnesses or has mental illnesses. 5 stars! You kick butt!

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  • Sarah Y

    The subheadline "A Funny Book About Horrible Things" perfectly sums it up. I loved the parts where she was open and honest about her struggles, there were some parts that made me laugh out loud, and then there were some parts that I thought "Oh My God...". I would definitely recommend.

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  • Patti Bruce

    Not that funny to me. It kind of made my brain spin out of control.

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  • Olivia Brooks

    Kind of cheesy, but pretty funny at times. Her voice bothers me though.

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  • Amanda Sellers

    This book was very funny. I truly enjoyed Jenny's views on the world. So many times I found myself laughing and crying at the same time. Her thoughts and way she approaches life allowed me to laugh at some of my many idiosyncrasies. There are moments that made me cringe, I was a bit shocked in the way she speaks about God and Jesus, but found the overall book very good.

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  • Kristen Welker-hood

    This book was really great. Sometimes hard to listen to because it was brutally honest. But when things got really heavy she turned a corner with something completely side kicking funny. And hey, that is how life is- isn't?

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  • Nicole Zajack

    WOW was this book TERRIBLE. Listen to a preview before purchasing. I wish I had.

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  • Oksana Skidanova

    Loved the book! Hilarious stories from someone who is struggling with mental illness. This is not a burden, you just need to adapt and embrace your life.

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