Summary: In LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.
According to Jenny: “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.'”
Jenny’s first book, LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. FURIOUSLY HAPPY is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it’s about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways-and who doesn’t need a bit more of that?
Read-Alikes: If you enjoyed this book, you might also like Why Not Me by Mindy Kalling, You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day, Yes Please by Amy Poehler, What If? by Randall Monroe, Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, and Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.
Book Club: Furiously Happy is our August selection for our book club, Beyond the Book @ Wisma. Join Martha and Liliana on August 17th at 7:00pm at Wisma for our book discussion. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk and downloadable copies can be found through MyMediaMall. Wisma is located at 24 E. Scranton Ave. in Lake Bluff.