Book Recommendations

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ALL of Jenny Lawson’s Books

Written by Amanda Averbeck, MS, LMFT Associate on 9/7/2021

Are you privileged to know The Blogess (aka Jenny Lawson)?

I can always count on Jenny to lift my spirits after a long day. I “met” her a few years ago when I happened upon this blog post and it made me laugh until I cried. I don’t know if I just had the tired sillies or if Jenny has mastered the art of written comedic timing. Either way, my husband came in to check on me to make sure I was still breathing.

I spent the summer getting to know her more by reading all three of her Memoirs. I find her raw honesty about living life with a mental illness completely…what’s the word…hysterical. It’s funny because it’s true.

Jenny gives just enough detail to burden the reader with the weight of carrying crippling anxiety and deep depression through life, then in a pleasant twist of prose unveils the wisdom she has gained by growing through the pain.

And just when things start to get a little too heavy or dark, she throws in a play by play of her latest tiff with her husband, Victor. These chapters are something to which all couples can relate. It’s like a well written sit-com. This lady holds nothing back.

You definitely want in on this hilarity as you work through your own anxiety, depression, or marital struggles.

To read more about each book in the authors words, click on the links below. I have listed them in the order I recommend reading them. Not in the order they were published.

Furiously Happy – The Bloggess

Broken – The Bloggess

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – The Bloggess

Written by Amanda Averbeck, MS, LMFT Associate on 7/17/2021

Trigger Warning: Depression, Despair, and Suicide

Are you unhappy with your life right now?

Do you wish you could travel back in time to make different choices? Do you wonder if you had just chosen something different your problems would disappear?

I like to call this “if only” syndrome. For example:

“If only I had married so and so I wouldn’t be lonely/single/in an unhappy relationship right now….”

“If only I had stayed in theatre, I would be a famous actress and not have the dull job I have today....”

Often, we binge on these thoughts when we feel unhappy. It’s a free and quick way to escape the unpleasant present. (Which is the only point in time where change can happen.) The downfall of this thinking is getting lured into ruminations of the past or fantasies about the future, which can lead to depression and anxiety. So be careful!

Nora, the protagonist in “The Midnight Library” fell into these thinking traps too. She was also depressed and ultimately decided the best way forward was to die. She was convinced she had single handedly ruined her life and the lives of those closest to her because of all the “mistakes” she had made.

Whimsical and thought provoking, this quirky science fiction read explores what it means to become your own choice maker and accept full responsibility for your happiness without the preachiness of a self-help book. With each page turn, the story unfolds into exponential parallel universes which reveal the faulty logic associated with “if only” syndrome. In each world, Nora explores what her life would have been like had she made different choices. She is told if she finds a life that makes her perfectly happy, she will remain in it forever. Read the book to find out where she ends up.

Please Note: While the overall message of the book is hopeful, some of the content (especially at the beginning) may be triggering for those struggling with depression, despair, and suicidal ideation. If you or someone you love struggles with these things please reach out for therapy, seek help at a local behavioral health hospital, or call this hotline: