Statesman Selects September 2015: FURIOUSLY HAPPY


BookPeople is proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman for their monthly Statesman Selects program. Each month, BookPeople will highlight the Statesman‘s top recommended read for Austin. September’s pick is Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. Come down to the store Wednesday, September 23 at 7PM when Lawson will be speaking and signing her new book in our store. Pick up a copy of the Statesman on Sunday, September 20 to read their review of Furiously Happy.


Jenny Lawson, also known as the Bloggess has been blogging about her life for near a decade highlighting with brutal honesty and dark, strange humor the truths of mental illness that she has lived with. Born in Wall, Texas, Lawson strove to fit in growing up but found it difficult with her taxidermist father and an exceedingly eccentric childhood. Her first book, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened was released in 2012 and introduced those not following her blog to her wacky life and personal history.

And now Lawson strikes again as only she can with memoir where she explores the never ending battle of crippling depression and anxiety. Lawson delves into the little moments that we generally skip over and fleshes them out in a horrible, hilarious way that makes you want to laugh but know you probably shouldn’t. But it’s ok, we’re all laughing. In her own words, Furiously Happy is about taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they’re the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It’s the difference between “surviving life” and “living life.” It’s the difference between “taking a shower” and “teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair.” It’s the difference between being “sane” and being “furiously happy.””

Here’s what other people are saying about Furiously Happy:

“Jenny made me laugh so hard I feared for my safety! I think that’s how she was able to get past my defenses and make me feel more okay about myself.” – Allie Brosh, author of Hyperbole and a Half

“You’ll laugh, wince, writhe in discomfort, cry, then laugh again. You might even feel the need to buy a raccoon. But the two things you’ll never do is doubt Jenny’s brilliance or her fearlessness when it comes to having honest discussions about mental illness, shame, and the power of human resilience. She’s changing the conversation one rented sloth at a time.” – Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Daring Greatly

“Lawson’s self-deprecating humor is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it allows her to speak…in a real and raw way.” – O, The Oprah Magazine

“Take one part David Sedaris and two parts Chelsea Handler and you’ll have some inkling of the cockeyed humor of Jenny Lawson…[She] flaunts the sort of fearless comedic chops that will make you spurt Diet Coke through your nose.” – Parade

We are very excited to have Jenny Lawson here at BookPeople on Wednesday, September 23 at 7pm. If you can’t make it, you can pre-order signed, personalized copies of Furiously Happy now. (We ship worldwide.) Come on over to Book People and hear what she has to say and get your book signed. It’ll be awesome! We love Jenny Lawson!

P. S. Check out her official book trailer:


P. P. S. Check out her blog.

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