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review 2017-10-13 20:26
Hilariously Funny!
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson

Not too much to say except I loved every part of this memoir. It made me think and also laugh which is always welcomed. 

 

Lawson suffers from depression and anxiety disorders and just generally has a body that does it best to make her have to duke it out to win against on a daily basis. She has a life that doesn't sound real, but she has the pictures to back up everything and a lot of those pictures I found to be freaking hilarious.

 

I don't have much else to say except that we need more memoirs out here about things like depression and social anxiety. I think a lot of times people just don't understand telling a person to just "cheer up" is enough to make the other person on the receiving end of that not helpful at all comment want to curl up and say fuck it. Having a mental illness is every day telling your inner voice or voices to shut the fuck up and you are a liar.

 

I am doing much better now in my 30s than I was in my late 20s. Being diagnosed as clinically depressed was shocking. I felt like I had let down my family, friends, and even myself. Having a great doctor who made me feel okay with that and let me see it was no shame to have to take medication for a while also helped. There are things that I do now when I can feel a "blue" period coming on. I do love Lawson's idea of doing things that make you "Furiously Happy" though. 

 

I will say though that this book jumps around a lot and there doesn't seem to be an overall linkage there. For example, when I usually have a memoir to read it is focusing on something, an event, time period, etc in an author's life. This read like hilarious journal entries from Lawson. I can't tell you the time period at all though especially since her daughter's age at times jumps around so I am a little lost about what years this stretches from. 


Definitely a great read for me. 

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text 2017-10-12 08:56
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson

This was freaking hilarious as well as poignant in parts. Mostly funny though. 

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text 2017-10-05 14:23
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson

I have been laughing through this whole book so far. I needed something funny. Thank you Jenny Lawson.

 

Depression is a lie, as someone who suffered from it previously and still has moments of it re-surging it's great to read a book by someone that gets it. 

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review 2017-10-04 01:18
Review: Furiously Happy
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson,Jenny Lawson

A funny book about overcoming adversity, especially when it's source is your own brain and body. Like Lawson's previous book, she narrates the audio version, which we've been listening to in bits and pieces over various road trips.

 

Nothing in this book made me laugh so hard I nearly got into an accident, but it still had some quite funny parts. And, more importantly, Lawson pulls no punches in describing her dealings with depression and the importance of both moving forward and knowing when to hide in your hotel room for a few days.

 

Part self help, part philosophy, part taxidermy, and all heart.

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review 2017-09-21 19:06
Good Me, Bad Me / Ali Land
Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land

Not recommended for those who have children and/or are sensitive to violence against children.

Milly knows she is different from other children. From other people. But she maybe doesn’t realize just how different. You see, Molly’s mother is a serial killer and she has forced Milly to be Satan’s little helper. It’s much easier to snatch a child if you have one of your own in tow.

What conscience Milly has left has sent her to the police. Yes, she felt bad for the children lying dead in their basement, but what she was truly dreading was the “birthday party” that her mother was planning when she turned “sweet sixteen.” So before the invitations go out to people to come & brutalize her, Milly turns her mother in.

But she had no idea how hard it was going to be to leave her mother behind. Or how difficult it will be to act like she is “normal,” especially when she has been taught by an expert how to read body language, how to manipulate people, how to tell them what they want to hear. She can’t seem to fit in to her foster situation, because she can see altogether too clearly what is going on in their home—and how can she trust a social worker who can’t see that his wife is an addict and his daughter is well on her way to the same state.

If you like this book, I would recommend I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. It is a young adult work, but really well done in my opinion. Another child struggling to right himself after being raised by a serial killer dad.

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