Jennifer Lawson is an American journalist, author, and blogger.
Depression is no joke – but it can sometimes lend itself to humor. Jenny Lawson joins host Krys Boyd to talk about her battle with mental illness and her quest to find health, which she navigates with levity and laughter even in the darkest times. Her new book is called “Broken (in the best possible way).”
We asked our listeners for books they've read that give an accurate depiction of the reality of depression. Happily, we got enough great suggestions to weigh down a shopping cart at the bookstore or leave a library card smoldering. A name that came up a lot was author Jenny Lawson, who happens to be a friend of the show. On this episode, we talk with Jenny and get audio suggestions from a lot of THWoD-balls. Be sure to visit for a complete list of titles.
Special host Laura Rowley interviews Jenny Lawson! Lawson is the bestselling author of Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things. In her book, Lawson explores her lifelong battle with depression and anxiety in the hysterical style she’s famous for. Lawson also wrote a memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her blog,, has been nominated for multiple awards and has been recognized by Forbes and The Huffington Post. Lawson was also a contributor to the “Good Mom/Bad Mom” blog for the Houston Chronicle. Lawson will be at Des Moines University as part of this year's AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) events on Thursday, July 7 at 7:00 PM. Visit for more information about AViD and the library. Music credits: "Young, Tough and Terrible" by The Losers / CC BY-NC  
Jenny Lawson discusses her book, Furiously Happy, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Dec 29th, 1973
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2 hours, 35 minutes
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