Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy

Tickets for seats at Jenny Lawson's 6:00 reading are now sold out.

Jenny's signing, immediately after the reading, is open to everyone, and standing room is available outside the store, where we will be broadcasting the audio of Jenny's talk.

"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." -- Brene Brown

For fans of David Sedaris, Tina Fey, and Mindy Kaling: the new book from Jenny Lawson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Let's Pretend This Never Happened.

In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, Furiously Happy, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. "A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety?" That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

According to Jenny: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that 'none' is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos."

"Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding.'"

Jenny's first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. Furiously Happy is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it's about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways -- and who doesn't need a bit more of that?


Event date: 

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140
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ISBN: 9781250077004
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 22nd, 2015