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Furiously Happy

A Funny Book About Horrible Things

9781250077004

Flatiron Books
Available: 09/22/15
9.61 x 6.16 · 352 pages
9781250077004
CDN $31.50 · cl

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Jenny Lawson

"We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it." -John Hughes

In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess, examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life in the fullest:

"According to the many shrinks I've seen in the last two decades, I am a high-functioning depressive with severe anxiety disorder, mild bipolar tendencies, moderate clinical depression, mild self-harm issues, impulse control disorder, and occasional depersonalization disorder. Also, sprinkled in like paprika over a mentally unbalanced deviled egg, are mild OCD and trichotillomania… . I've often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that 'normal people' also might never understand. And that's what Furiously Happy is all about."

Jenny's first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, sold over 400,000 copies. Her blog receives between 1-2 million page views per month and she has nearly 400,000 Twitter followers; her platform has grown exponentially since her first book and continues to expand. Her readings were standing room only, with fans lining up to have Jenny sign their bottles of Xanax or Prozac as often as they were to have her sign their books. Furiously Happy will appeal to Jenny's core fan base but will also transcend it. There are so many people out there struggling with depression and mental illness, either themselves or someone in their family-and in Furiously Happy they will find a member of their tribe offering up an uplifting message; via a taxidermied roadkill raccoon. Let's Pretend This Never Happened ostensibly was about embracing your own weirdness, but deep down it was about family. Furiously Happy is about depression and mental illness, but deep down it's about joy-and who doesn't want a bit more of that?

JENNY LAWSON, the Bloggess, is a humor writer known for her candor in addressing her struggle with depression and mental illness. She has over 400,000 Twitter followers, 117,000 Facebook fans, her blog gets 1-2 million pageviews per month, and her social media prescence continues to grow. Her first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and sold over 400,000 copies. At events, Jenny is a rock star: with standing room only signings. Fans include Neil Gaiman, Rosie O'Donnell, Stephanie Meyer, and Matthew Broderick, among others. Jenny is a fabulous reader and speaker, and her fans feel a deep personal connection to her.