Jenny Lawson

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Jennifer Lawson
A self-portrait of Jenny Lawson
Born (1973-12-29) December 29, 1973 (age 50)
Alma materAngelo State University
Occupation(s)Journalist, blogger
Years active2006–present

Jennifer Lawson (born December 29, 1973[2]) is an American journalist, author and blogger.


Lawson is from Wall, Texas and is a graduate of Angelo State University. 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. Lawson is well known for her irreverent writing style. She also used to write an advice column called "Ask The Bloggess" for The Personal News Network ([3] until she quit because they stopped paying her.[4] She lives with rheumatoid arthritis,[5] depression, anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, and mild obsessive-compulsive disorder.[6]

Lawson was recognized by the Nielsen ratings as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Mom Bloggers[7] and Forbes listed as one of their Top 100 Websites for Women.[8] She was a finalist in the 2010 Weblog awards for Best Writing and Most Humorous Writer,[9] and a finalist in the 2011 Weblog awards for Best Writing, Most Humorous Writer and Weblog of the Year.[10] 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.[11] She was also interviewed on CBC News Network's Connect with Mark Kelley during the fundraising campaign.[12]

Lawson's autobiography called Let's Pretend This Never Happened was released on April 17, 2012, by Amy Einhorn Books.[13][14] On May 6, 2012, it was the number one New York Times bestseller. The book named Best Humor book in the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards.[15]

Her second book, Furiously Happy, was released on September 22, 2015.[16] It is a humorous look at Lawson's experience with depression and anxiety disorder, and it debuted in the number 3 spot of New York Times Bestseller list on October 11, 2015. It reached number one on the New York Times Bestseller list on July 3, 2016.[17] The audiobook of Furiously Happy, narrated by Lawson, won an Audie Award for best humor audiobook in 2016.[18]

Lawson's third book, YOU ARE HERE: An Owner's Manual For Dangerous Minds, was released in March 2017.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21] It debuted in the number 3 spot of the New York Times bestseller list on April 25, 2021.[22] Broken was awarded Best Humor Book of the Year in the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards.[23]

In 2019 Lawson opened an independent bookstore and bar, Nowhere Bookshop, in San Antonio, Texas.[24] It was given the 2023 readers' choice award for Best Bookstore in San Antonio by San Antonio Magazine.[25]


  1. ^ Lawson, Jenny (June 19, 2007). "Who is the Bloggess?". Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  3. ^ Chris Ariens (April 7, 2009). " Launches "Ask the Bloggess"". Social Times. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Lawson, Jenny (November 7, 2010). "Strange things will happen if you let them". Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  5. ^ Lawson, Jennifer (January 8, 2011). "This doesn't really fit here. It doesn't really fit anywhere". Good Mom/Bad Mom. Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Shallcross, Lynne (November 1, 2015). "'Ridiculous Fun' Helps A Blogger See Through Depression's Darkness". NPR. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Power Mom 50 – Nielson Online". Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  8. ^ Casserly, Meghan; Goudreau, Jenna (June 23, 2010). "Top 100 Websites For Women". Forbes. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "Tenth Annual Weblog Awards". The Bloggies. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  10. ^ "Eleventh Annual Weblog Awards". The Bloggies. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  11. ^ Lee, Amy (January 3, 2011). "Today's HuffPost Greatest Person: Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  12. ^ "Charity matchmaker". CBC News. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  13. ^ "The Bloggess gets a book deal". BookPage. May 28, 2010. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  14. ^ "Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)".
  15. ^ "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Humor!". Goodreads. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  16. ^ "Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things". March 13, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  17. ^ "E-Book Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - July 3, 2016 - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  18. ^ "2016 Audie Awards® - APA (en-US)". Archived from the original on June 23, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  19. ^ "YOU ARE HERE - The Bloggess". September 21, 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  20. ^ "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Books - Best Sellers - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  21. ^ "BROKEN (in the best possible way)". The Bloggess. August 19, 2020. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  22. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction - Best Sellers - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  23. ^ "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Humor!". Goodreads. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  24. ^ "The Rise (And Occasional Dips into Despair!) of Jenny Lawson". April 13, 2021.
  25. ^ "Best of the City 2023: Shopping". February 28, 2023.

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