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Author: Jenny Lawson Narrator: Jenny Lawson Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781427264794
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “You’ll laugh, wince, writhe in discomfort, cry, then laugh again…But the two things you’ll never do is doubt Jenny’s brilliance or her fearlessness when it comes to having honest discussions about mental illness, shame, and the power of human resilience.”

    Brené Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Take one part David Sedaris and two parts Chelsea Handler and you’ll have some inkling of the cockeyed humor of Jenny Lawson.”


  • “[Lawson] writes with a rambling irreverence that makes you wish she were your best friend.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Lawson’s self-deprecating humor is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it allows her to speak…in a real and raw way.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “ Jenny Lawson wears the hats of both author and narrator…[and] her conviction makes this deeply personal content sound powerful and meaningful…Her ability to laugh at herself puts listeners at ease with her weighty issues, which she delivers with grace, insight, sometimes profanity, and the authenticity of a person who faces personal challenges daily. At turns funny and deeply moving, Lawson’s accounts and genuine emotion will connect with listeners, whether they struggle with similar problems or not. A definite must-listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • At turns funny and deeply moving, Lawson's accounts and genuine emotion will connect with listeners, whether they struggle with similar problems or not. A definite must-listen. AudioFile (Earphones Award Winner)
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An Indie Next List Pick for October 2015
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Humor & Entertainment and Biographies & Memoirs
  • A 2015 Library Journal Best Audiobook
  • Winner of the 2016 Audie Award for Best Humor Narration
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2015 LibraryReads Favorites of the Favorites selection
  • Among longlisted titles for Best Books of the Year, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, 2015
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for Chapters Indigo Best of the Year, 2015

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raccoon#3 | 5/10/2021

    " My wife gave me this book to help me understand my Mom better, Bi-Polar Manic-Depressive. Thank you Jenny Lawson, for putting a funny spin on dealing with mental illness. Funny, often laugh out loud hilarious, this book DID help me understand better. Even if you have not seen mental illness first hand, this is a great book. I listened to this one first, but I am looking forward to hearing Jenny's first book now. It is possible to love the mentally ill, particularly when they are "quirky" instead of dangerous. "

About the Author

Jenny Lawson is a columnist and a popular blogger with an average of two to three million views per month and a strong Twitter following of hundreds of thousands of users. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and daughter.