We Are Not Alone!

Last week, I read Bloggess Jenny Lawson’s new book Furiously Happy.

Image from Amazon.com

Image from Amazon.com

Furiously Happy deals with Jenny’s mental health issues, how she copes with them, and, importantly how they help make her the person she is.  It is truly a gift to folks with anxiety, depression, other mental health issues (and to those who care about them).  It shows them that they’re not alone.

The blurb on the flap sums it up pretty well:

This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are – the beautiful and the flawed – and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny’s mom says, “Maybe ‘crazy’ isn’t so bad after all.” Sometimes crazy is just right.

While Furiously Happy is geared towards folks with mental illness, I came away from the book feeling comforted about my physical illness, Crohn’s Disease.  Because Furiously Happy reminded me that other people — probably everyone, in fact — struggles through life with something.   And that’s why we all — every one of use — need each other. 

Because no matter what each of us is facing, we’re not alone.

Plus, the book is hilarious.  You will rarely enjoy mental illness quite this much.

Oh, and go read her most recent blog post, which had me laughing for hours last night.  It is a compendium of awkward moments sent to the Bloggess via Twitter.

 

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29 responses to “We Are Not Alone!

  1. Her Twitter feed this week. OH MY GODS HER TWITTER FEED.

    Had to stop reading it. Too much laughter — ya gotta breathe sometimes…

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  2. Promo from The Queen is quite the praise.

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  3. What a lovely review, you are a treasure Elyse. Truly.

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  4. Sounds like a great book. I’m super impressed that you take time to READ books. I’ve all but dropped that particular pastime. 😦

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    • That is the ONLY benefit of having bowel trouble.

      I once saw a photograph of a writer’s bathroom that contained a bookcase! Can’t remember which writer, sadly.

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  5. cortney

    She also wrote Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, yes? I didn’t realize she had a new book … adding to my queue now … thanks!

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  6. Heather in Arles

    Thank you SO much for this.

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    • Sure thing, Heather.

      Welcome! Are you living in Arles? Lovely place!

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      • Heather in Arles

        I recently moved to a tiny village not far away after ten years of living in the center of Arles. It is a really fascinating and beautiful town, I agree…
        Thank you for all you do. I am one of those annoying people who read without commenting. Sorry! 🙂

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        • Of course! I recognized the name but it was yellow indicating it was new. Plus it’s early. Oh well. I could Tweet about this to the Bloggess! If I Tweeted …

          But it is never annoying to have folks read. That’s the whole point of blogging. And who has time to comment everywhere? Not me either!

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  7. Dana

    I know all to well what you mean, with my smorgasbord of difficulties, both physical and emotional. That’s why I love getting cheered up at blogs like this one! 🙂 ♡♡

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  8. I didn’t know she had a new book out. I’ll hafta check it out.

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  9. Great point about everybody struggling with something. I think that knowledge helps keep us grateful. We may have it tough, but someone else has it tougher. Helps to put things in perspective.

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  10. This definitely is a soda out of your nose list!

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  11. Paul

    She is wonderful. I am waiting to get her book from the library. It is very popular. Thanks Elyse.

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  12. Finding gems like this is only ONE of the reasons you’re on my “must read” list…

    Thanks!

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