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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

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As the narrator of her own audiobook, Jenny Lawson is fantastic at expressing the tsunami of words flooding out of her brain. Like her first memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, this book is a window into what goes on in her head, which seems like an awfully frantic place to be as we follow her again and again down the rabbit hole.

This book is more dark and introspective than her first, but still with a light-ish touch. It’s not quite as ha-ha funny, as Jenny reveals much more about her panic/anxiety disorder, and how incredibly debilitating her depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other autoimmune issues can be. (But with a light-ish touch.)

What I love about Jenny is her refusal to allow all of the “crazy” (her term, not mine) to deny her moments of furious happiness. She is a triumph of tenacity, and a beacon of hope to all who suffer with mental illness.

If you are fascinated by being in someone else’s brain for a while, this audiobook is for you. In addition to this memoir, you might also like her first book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened or Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst.

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