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Furiously Happy (Book Review)

A Funny Book About Horrible Things By Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson is a journalist and writer known for her popular blog, The Bloggess. Furiously Happy is her second book about her struggles with mental illness accompanied by an almost obscene amount of small animal stories.

“Ground zero is were the normal people live their lives, but not us. We live in the negatives so often that we begin to understand that life when the sun shines should be lived full throttle, soaring. The invisible tether that binds the normal people on their steady course doesn’t hold us the same way. Sometimes we walk in sunlight with everyone else. Sometimes we live underwater and fight and grow.”

Plus, who doesn’t want a manic looking raccoon with lots of glitter on the cover of a book on their bookshelf? Furiously Happy contains deeply personal revelations, as well as laugh out loud moments.

“Regardless, I think it would serve everyone as a community if the flight attendants were able to whack one person (per flight) on the head with a pinata stick for being the stupidest damn person on the plane. It wouldn’t hurt them permanently but if it happened to them more than once they’d probably get the picture because HOW ELSE ARE THEY GOING TO LEARN? This would also be helpful because I think we’re all a bit stressed and judgmental on planes and probably at one time or another each of us would get hit with the pinata stupid-stick, and it would be a good reminder to be more compassionate to others. Personally, I’m most likely to get whacked in the head because my anxiety disorder gets really bad on planes and so I end up panicking a bit.”

Throughout the book, Lawson writes her stories and adds them to the giant tapestry of human experience we call art:

“There are a lot of stories that I don’t write because they are not mine to tell, but I think telling my stories helps to encourage putting other stories out there. When I first started writing, my father was very quiet about his own struggles, but after seeing the response of people who’ve read my stories, he’s much more open. When we share our struggles we let others know it’s okay to share theirs.”

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