Kaspara (32), social worker, from Mumbai recommends „Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things“ by Jenny Lawson.

1. To you, what is the book about?
„Furiously happy“, as its tagline goes, is a funny book about horrible things. The horrible things are mental illnesses, and the fun is in EVERYTHING Jenny Lawson says.

2. Why do you recommend the book?
I would recommend this book because it helped me. It helped me face my own demons and equipped me for the battle ahead. I have the same anxiety disorder that Jenny Lawson has; one which makes me attack my own skin. One which has left scars on my body. Reading this book made me aware, for the first time in my life, that this was a tangible illness, and not a mere bad/disgusting habit, or an unfortunate condition of my existence. This book normalizes mental illness and makes it infinitely easier to talk about it (for example, on a public forum here). I realised there are other people like me in this world, and that there is hope for us. I sought psychiatric help after reading this book. I got the help I deserved, and learnt to love my body and my scars. I am in a better place now, and at the risk of sounding too cheesy, I’m furiously happy.

3. You read the last sentence and finish the book. What sticks?
The desire to be furiously happy. The knowledge that I can be furiously happy.

4. Where did you read the book?
I listened to the audio version of this book while walking my dog in a park near my house. Dog would positively panic every time I doubled over with uncontrollable laughter.

Jenny Lawson. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things. 2015