Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Book Review: “Furiously Happy”



   Furiously Happy
   Jenny Lawson




Irreverent author Jenny Lawson, diagnosed with clinical depression, a severe anxiety disorder, an impulse control disorder and an avoidant personality disorder, writes about living with her mental illnesses as she chronicles her zany adventures.  One of her stories is about trying to create a rodeo using her pet cats as bucking broncos and a taxidermied raccoon as the rider.  Though the book sounds silly, Lawson thoughtfully addresses mental health issues.  For example she writes that she believes people who experience severe depression also experience extreme joy.  She also gives what I believe to be the best description of what it’s like to live with depression.

Though it took me a few chapters to “get” Lawson’s sense of humor, Furiously Happy ended up being a great read.  It’s simultaneously zany and sensitive, and over-the-top and insightful.  It’s a book about self acceptance and finding joy in the ridiculous and outrageous.

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