After a great discussion of the February book, No One Cares about Crazy People, the Field Notes book group chose our next book, which we will be discussing on March 17 (my birthday!): Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, by Jenny Lawson. Copies are already available at the Field Library, and more will be coming in through the week, so if you’re interested, come on in and pick one up.
Furiously Happy is a hard book to describe. The author, Jenny Lawson, admits right up front that she has mental health problems. She’s suffered from depression and anxiety disorders for most of her life. However, this is not a sad book like No One Cares about Crazy People. Quite the contrary. Lawson has such a sense of humor, such a delightful writing style and so much life and energy that this is one of the funniest books I’ve read in years. I don’t want to give away any of the particularly hysterical parts of the book (most of it is laugh out loud funny). Let me just say that when I read it for the first time, I was riding on a Metro North train to New York City, and I was laughing so hard the woman sitting in the seat next to me actually moved to another seat.
There’s much to discuss about the book, including whether her husband should be considered for sainthood now or whether the church should wait for his death to do it (really, he puts up with a lot), whether Lawson’s approach to life is a good way to deal with horrible things even if you don’t have mental illnesses and why we don’t all have taxidermy raccoons with outstretched arms to give people a hug. I’m being facetious, a little, but the book inspires that kind of goofiness.
So come and join us on March 17, from 11 to 12:30 at the Field Library Gallery, for coffee, snacks (possibly including homemade Irish Soda Bread), and an entertaining discussion of Furiously Happy.