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

Jenny Lawson has a website that’s not unlike my own West Virginia Surf Report. She writes about her life in a humorous way, and has a biting sense of humor that I appreciate. The big difference between her site and mine? Hers is about a million times more popular.

But that’s OK. She works harder, is probably funnier, and managed to strike a nerve with people. I applaud her achievements. I don’t really get jealous of other folks’ success, I just beat myself up for not getting there too. I repeat certain phrases like “You’re a walking, talking piece of shit. Why don’t you just throw yourself into a fucking canyon, loser?” Life-affirming mantras like that.

In any case, this is Jenny’s second book. Both are memoirs, and both are huge bestsellers. To be honest, I had a little trouble with the first one. I started to read it, and stopped. But I think the brain chemicals were just mixing in some unfortunate way that day; sometimes the chemicals are not my friend. People I know and admire assure me the book is both hilarious and great. It remains on my Revisit Soon list.

And the second book is temporarily $3.99 for Kindle. I’m not sure if it’s a one-day thing, or what. But I’ve never seen the price this low, so snag it if you’re so inclined. I was all over it like a cheetah on a birdwatcher.

2 comments

  1. I’m sorry it didn’t grab you right away – I didn’t think my husband would like it, either. Then one night I woke up and the bed was shaking in a sort of unnerving way. I worked up the courage to look and he was reading the book and laughing silently but HARD and shaking the bed in his effort not to wake me up. Try again when the moon is in relapse?

    1. I’m definitely going to give it another shot. Sometimes a book just doesn’t mesh with my mood when I start reading it It’s not always the book’s fault.

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