Jenny Lawson is an award-winning humorist known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with mental illness. She lives in Texas with her husband and child, and she has previously written Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, both of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers.
She is the author of The Bloggess website and formerly wrote the Ill Advised blog, co-authored Good Mom/Bad Mom on the Houston Chronicle, and was a columnist for SexIs magazine. She is well known for her irreverent writing style. She also used to write an advice column named "Ask The Bloggess" for The Personal News Network (PNN.com) until she quit because they stopped paying her.
She was recognized by the Nielsen ratings as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Mom Bloggers, and Forbes listed thebloggess.com as one of their Top 100 Websites for Women. She was a finalist in the 2010 Weblog awards for Best Writing and Most Humorous Writer and a finalist in the 2011 Weblog awards for Best Writing, Most Humorous Writer, and Weblog of the Year. In 2011 The Huffington Post named her the "Greatest Person of the Day" for her work in raising money for struggling families in December 2010. She was also interviewed on CBC News Network's Connect with Mark Kelley during the fundraising campaign.
She has written an autobiography called Let's Pretend This Never Happened, released on April 17, 2012, by Amy Einhorn Books which was, on May 6, 2012, the number one New York Times bestseller. It was named Best Humor book in the 2012 Goodreads choice awards.
Her second book, Furiously Happy, was released on September 22, 2015. It is a humorous look at Lawson's experience with depression and anxiety disorder, and it debuted in the number 3 spot on New York Times Bestseller list on October 11, 2015. It reached number one on the New York Times Bestseller list on July 3, 2016. The audiobook of Furiously Happy, narrated by Lawson, won an Audie Award for best humor audiobook in 2016.
Lawson's third book, YOU ARE HERE: An Owner's Manual For Dangerous Minds, was released in March 2017. It is an adult coloring book/advice book illustrated and written by the author, and it debuted in the number 2 spot of New York Times Bestseller list on March 26, 2017.
In August 2020, Lawson announced on her blog, The Bloggess, that she would release her next memoir, Broken (in the Best Possible Way), in 2021.It debuted in the number 3 spot of the New York Times bestseller list on April 25, 2021.Broken was awarded Best Humor Book of the Year in the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards.