In this hilarious, deeply touching memoir, Jenny Lawson is back to share her story and her seemingly unorthodox methods for getting out of a dark time in her life. In Furiously Happy , Jenny Lawson shares how she learned to overcome obstacles like severe depression, anxiety disorder, and lyme disease simply by not taking things too seriously—and by allowing herself to be happy despite it all.
Everyone takes life differently. For Jenny Lawson, who has struggled with mental illness for most of her life, “normal” is a perfectly acceptable way to live. But it’s not the only one: Furiously Happy is a painfully honest, riotously funny, and unflinchingly accurate account of her journey through madness in the form of depression, anxiety, agoraphobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
In her outrageously funny memoir, Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson – the popular blogger behind TheBloggess.com – reveals that her seemingly perfect life is actually a constant struggle to maintain mental stability. Read about how she went from being a happy child who loved math and science to the subject of many articles with titles like “The Bloggess: A Tale of Mental Illness” and why “mental illness is bad but depression isn’t all you have”
Furiously Happy is a memoir in which Jenny Lawson’s road to mental health is as interesting, heartbreaking, and riotously effed up as she is. After being misdiagnosed for years, Jenny was finally diagnosed with ‘generalized anxiety disorder’ and later with ‘bipolar II disorder’ after suffering from severe depression and a range of other issues. Turns out, this tall glass of water who talks too much at parties and tells the wrong stranger the secrets she swore she’d never tell had Borderline Personality Disorder. Who knew?
About Furiously Happy Book
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.