Ahoy there me mateys! For those of ye who are new to me log, a word: though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes. Occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were. I have been on a reading spree of genres I don’t normally feature. Today I bring ye a memoir by Jenny Lawson.
Jenny Lawson is a women who writes memoirs and personal essays about her unusual life and the mental and physical illnesses she lives with every day. She is absurd, funny, relatable, and real. This be the third book by her and I read it in one night. I loved her chapters on the six times she lost her shoes and her responses to truisms and her strange fights with her husband of 20 years. There were some chapters that didn’t work that dealt with condom shoes for her dog or shark tank ideas that deal with body humor and sex. I also follow her blog so I am used to her style now. But I found lots to laugh about and lots to sympathize with and lots of underlying truth to how hard it is being human.
The most resonate chapter to me, however, was “An Open Letter to My Insurance Company” which hit so hard with how much it captured the feel of me own struggle. I wish this letter could be broadcast to everyone, especially those who make money from our broken medical system. Being a preemie has impacted my health for all of my life. However, as I age, the complications of being born early have begun to give me long-term health issues. Preventative health care has to be fought for and insurance has just gotten worse over time. And I am privileged to be a preemie that is alive and can continue to fight with the help of my support system. But I know that the system priorities keeping people alive as opposed to improving quality of life. It is a disgrace. This chapter both hurt my heart and made me feel relief that someone could express what I cannot truly put into words.
I may be broken but I will continue to live in the best possible way for as long as I have. Jenny’s books make me make feel like I do not struggle alone. Arrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, Jenny brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.
With people experiencing anxiety and depression now more than ever, Jenny humanizes what we all face in an all-too-real way, reassuring us that we’re not alone and making us laugh while doing it. From the business ideas that she wants to pitch to Shark Tank to the reason why Jenny can never go back to the post office, Broken leaves nothing to the imagination in the most satisfying way. And of course, Jenny’s long-suffering husband Victor―the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball―is present throughout.
A treat for Jenny Lawson’s already existing fans, and destined to convert new ones, Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter when we all need it most.
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Previous Log Entries for this Author
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