Quick Review: Furiously Happy

Title: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things

Author: Jenny Lawson

Published: 2015

The down low: Furiously Happy is Lawson’s second memoir. Her first, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, was published in 2012 and quickly became a New York Times Bestseller.

Summary in 2 sentences: Furiously Happy centers on Lawson’s lifelong struggle with depression and anxiety, with hilarious interludes about her love for taxidermy-ed roadkill. Her wildly entertaining arguments with her therapist and husband are documented as entire chapters.

Why you should read it: I would highly recommend Furiously Happy to anyone who has struggled with anxiety or depression, or anyone who has watched a family member or friend struggle with mental illness. The title comes from a blog post Lawson wrote about refusing to surrender to her mental illness and instead, vowing to be Furiously Happy. You can read her entertaining blog here: http://www.theblogess.com.

Read it if you liked: Let’s Pretend this Never Happened or Hyperbole and a Half.

-A

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