Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things – Jenny Lawson (2015, Flatiron Books, New York)
I wasn’t previously familiar with Jenny Lawson’s work as The Bloggess, but since reading Furiously Happy, I’m a follower-fan; her sense of humour and positivity in the face of serious illness is entertaining and inspiring. Everything is fodder for her wacky, unique take on the world, and while her completely no-filter style and raunchy language may not appeal to everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of frequently outrageous, laugh-out-loud, yet poignant (and occasionally devastating) essays. I regret not reading Lawson’s first memoir Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) before I got to this one; a bit more background on her life and her family would have been useful. Let’s Pretend… is now at the top of my TBR pile.
Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) – Jenny Lawson (2012, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York)
(One month later) Okay, so I just ripped through Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, which, as it turns out, is just as satisfying, rewarding, and unladylike-guffaw-inducing as Lawson’s second book. I read most of this in public spaces and although I tried really hard not to burst out laughing, it happened more than a few times. Zombies in the backyard, gigantic metal chickens, taxidermy alligators, laundry, colon cleanses, giving birth…it’s all here. And more. And it’s priceless.