SRQ Book Club: Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson

Arts & Culture

BY ROXANNE BAKER, BOOKSELLER AT BOOKSTORE1 SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY APR 16, 2021

Broken (in the best possible way) is the perfect gift book for friends or family in the hospital or simply experiencing a difficult time. Jenny Lawson, author of the bestseller Furiously Happy, again mixes chapter offerings of absurdly humorous modern world takes with poignant reveals about her various afflictions including agoraphobia, RA, and depression.

Her ever present mantra “I’m me, and that’s ok” courses as the through line. Along the way, she hilariously takes down the medical insurance companies she’s had to fight for financial assistance in the voice of an abused girlfriend. She ponders the odd issues of her dog Dorothy Barker and bemuses her husband’s chagrin at her trying to care for wayward animals and birds that venture into their property.

In more self-help like chapters, she logs her foray into expensive, but corrective TMS treatments and her search and revelation of a jinxed dementia genealogy. Yet Jenny’s writing is never maudlin, instead focusing on the reality of silver linings found in any cloud.

Laugh out loud chapters include the tsunami response she received to a tweet documenting her funny malapropism at an airport. I personally highlighted my favorites of the 50 plus tweet responses of “I feel you, and here’s what I did...stupidly” to share with family and friends when we need to be reminded that we’re only human, and thank goodness since we sure are funny! How much better our world would be with more self-accepting and self-soothing attention!

Broken (in the best possible way) is available for sale at www.sarasotabooks.com or at the brick and mortar store at 12 S. Palm Ave. Sarasota, Florida.

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