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?
JENNY LAWSON, The Bloggess, is an award-winning humor writer known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with depression and mental illness. Her memoirs, Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, were #1 New York Times bestsellers.
Table of Contents
A Series of Unfortunate Disclaimers Note from the Author Furiously Happy. Dangerously Sad. I've Found a Kindred Soul and He Has a Very Healthy Coat My Phone Is More Fun to Hang Out with Than Me I Have a Sleep Disorder and It's Probably Going to Kill Me or Someone Else How Many Carbs are in a Foot? Pretend You're Good at It George Washington's Dildo I'm Not Psychotic. I Just Need to Get in Front of You in Line. Why Would I Want to Do More When I'm Already Doing So Well at Nothing? What I Say to My Shrink vs. What I Mean LOOK AT THIS GIRAFFE The Fear Skinterventions and Bangtox It's Like Your Pants Are Bragging at Me Nice Bass It's Hard to Tell Which of Us Is Mentally Ill I Left My Heart in San Francisco. (But Replace "San Francisco" with "Near the Lemur House" and Replace "Heart" with a Sad Question Mark.) Stock up on Snow Globes. The Zombie Apocalypse Is Coming. Appendix: An Interview with the Author I'm Turning into a Zombie One Organ at a Time Cats Are Selfish Yawners and They're Totally Getting Away with It Koalas Are Full of Chlamydia Voodoo Vagina The World Needs to Go on a Diet. Literally. Crazy Like a Reverse Fox An Essay on Parsley, Wasabi, Cream Cheese, and Soup And Then I Got Three Dead Cats in the Mail Things I May Have Accidentally Said During Uncomfortable Silences My Skeleton Is Potaterrific It's Called "Catouflage" We're Better Than Galileo. Because He's Dead. Things My Father Taught Me I'm Going to Die. Eventually. And This Is Why I Prefer to Cut My Own Hair It's All in How You Look at It (The Book of Nelda) Well at Least Your Nipples Are Covered Death by Swans Is Not as Glamorous as You'd Expect The Big Quiz Cat Lamination That Baby Was Delicious These Cookies Know Nothing of My Work It Might Be Easier. But It Wouldn't Be Better. Epilogue: Deep in the Trenches Acknowledgments
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