Who *doesn’t* need a bit of good news?

Last week I was too overwhelmed to open my mail and get my shit together but today I’m back to work and that’s why I have something special to share with you:


Why, yes, that is an advance copy of Broken thankyouverymuch. The real ones in April will be bigger and nicer and hardback and will have end pages all that jazz, but having an actual copy of this book in my hands felt like an amazing accomplishment during a time when I often feel like I’m treading in quicksand. I mailed a copy to my mom and one to my sister but I still have one left over and it’s going to you. Just leave me a comment and I’ll randomly pick one of you to send an autographed copy to. (But you have to live in the US because I’m using a pre-paid book mailer so that I don’t have to go to the post office in the middle of the plague. Sorry!)

This week I started recording the audiobook of Broken and usually that looks like a small but fancy recording studio in New York, but in the age of covid it looks more like my closet. Because it is my closet. They sent me cases filled with equipment and I learned how to set up everything and today I recorded the first few chapters with my lovely team listening in live to direct me and point out when they could hear my stomach growl or Dorothy Barker bark or my wedding dress fall off the hanger onto me. When the door is closed the small space and the soft clothes create the closest replica to a sound studio so this is how recordings are done now. I know a lot of people would think hiding in a closet for hours each day is a step down from New York but I suspect those people don’t have anxiety disorders and it’s kind of a blessing in disguise to be able to have the cats on standby if I need them as I pretend to be an old-fashioned phone operator.

“Operator. How may I direct your call and then listen in on it to blackmail you?”

Life is weird. But so am I.

PS. There have been several scammers on Facebook pretending to be me and sending out friend requests. My Facebook page is public so you don’t need a friend request to be my friend. Please report them (and anyone who asks for your credit card to facebook). This is me if you want to be friends, but honestly I get overwhelmed on Facebook and am way more of a twitter sort of girl.

More soon…

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  1. How lovely! Your closet seems like the perfect place to record the next audiobook! I can’t wait too read/hear it!

  2. I like free books! Especially free Jenny books!

    Your closet looks cozy, and when you’re in your closet you can wear PJs which I’m
    sure is frowned upon in fancy NYC studios so that seems like a win to me.

  3. Congratulations on getting your arks in!!! I’m super exited to pick up a copy when they come out! 🙂

  4. That is brilliant! You look lovely! I would adore that advance copy of Broken. Can’t wait for it to come out! 🙂 Many thanks for consideration. 🙂

  5. Very much looking forward to this!! Would love an opportunity to read in advance 🙂

  6. So excited to see the advance copy in your hands! Also I would 100% work from my closet at all times if it was possible.

  7. Oooh yay!!! I can’t wait. I’ve only been to New York once but my hotel room wasn’t much bigger than a closet and had way too much furniture for the space so I think you’re achieving the same vibe.

  8. Honestly, a closet recording studio sounds way better to me than NYC! Cant wait to read the new book.

  9. I envy your closet recording studio!
    I live in an old house without closets and have been considering stapling cardboard milk cartoons to the walls. Oh – and maybe making a place where I can record my boos.

  10. I am glad you get to be safe in your closet while pouring out your heart. Much nicer than a soundbooth/fishbowl and being stared at. You got this.

  11. As a prolific blogger and author, you sure set a high bar for the rest of us broken people — in the best way!

  12. I would LOVE to get my hands on a copy of your next book. I’ve loved every single one of the others, and I made my partner read ”Furiously Happy”

  13. I ADORE the cover. I was just in your shop today buying Christmas gifts. Not IN your shop because I am sure it is still closed. But the virtual one. If I don’t win it, I will treat myself to it.

  14. I would love to read the new book early! Hopefully it would make me laugh because I could really use that right now.

  15. I am super excited , I like to read Let us Pretend to mother. I always smile and laugh when I read it my mother thinks I am pervert.

  16. Cats on Standby is an awesome band name. Very, very happy to have more Lawson prose incoming.

  17. I work for an indie record label, and more than one of our artists uses a closet full of clothes as a pro vocal booth – even in the Before Times. The microphone is the most important part of that equation, anyway. Go, you!!! Can’t wait to read the new book.

  18. I would LOVE an advance copy of your book! I was just talking you up to a friend yesterday and trying to get her to read your old books.

  19. I cannot wait for Broken! I work in a closet (my cloffice) on the daily, but I took all the clothes out so no dresses fall on me. I do occasionally have help from the cats, though. Although I suspect they’re really only after the cat food that is stored in the other end of my cloffice.

  20. I’m so happy to see your new book I feel like crying. It’s just such a bright spot in my day. I can’t wait to have a copy. And I’d rather record a book in my closet then an actual studio. Cat meows on the audio book would be great btw

  21. How is it that no one has posted for this amazing giveaway! I will happily wait and order it from Nowhere when it comes out in April. Gives me something to look forward to.

  22. This has been a tough year and your encouraging tweets always find me at the right time. Excited to snag your book when it comes out. Thanks for being you Jenny.

  23. Love this! And would love your book if I’m the lucky winner. Can I read it while I hide in my closet??!

  24. So excited for you and I can’t wait to read your new book! ❤️ And I love you recording the audio book in your closet.

  25. I hate to shout, BUT I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE THIS NEWS! Looking forward to reading (and listening) to it!

  26. I am so excited for this book. Thank you for being weird and sharing it.

    P. S. – I’m possibly more excited for the audiobook and can’t wait to listen knowing that is was recorded in your closet!

  27. I’m so so excited for this book. And just FYI, my favorite podcast is recorded in a closet, so I think you’re doing it right. 🙂

  28. Hi Jenny! So excited for this book. It’s coming at a time in my life when I really need it ❤️

  29. I sarcastically commented “a comment” and then fat fingered my email address and hit send before it was complete. 🤦🏻‍♀️

  30. I’m so excited to see you have a new book coming out!! I already recommend the ones you’ve already written to my friends, I can’t wait to add another to my collection! 🥺

  31. :O wow! first comment! Well, Jenny, I have to say I’ve truly appreciated your candid-ness and seemingly positive view of the world, even when you have so many excuses to be angry or sad. It’s been a real inspiration and I just love coming to this corner of the internet! Thank you!

    Also, a huge CONGRATS!! THIS IS AMAZING!!

  32. I would ❤️ an autographed copy of “Broken” and I think your sound studio closet looks like the coziest place ever. Personally, I feel you should leave any random animal sounds in your audio book to give it that special, personal touch. 😺🐶

  33. So bloody excited! Can’t wait to read it! (Despite my fondness for British slang, I live in the US, haha!).

  34. Congratulations!! I changed out of my pajamas today. So we both accomplished something 🙂

  35. I love you, Jenny. (Also, my iPhone just tried to change that to Henny. Knock knock MF!)

  36. Oh YAY!! That is exactly the kind of good news that I needed today! I can’t wait to read it!!!

  37. I haven’t been this excited about a book since the next release in the Court of Thorns & Roses was announced!

  38. What fantastic news, and a truly awesome achievement! And if I were listening to your audiobook and heard Dorothy barking, or things falling around you like you were in Fibber McGee’s closet (look it up, younglings), that would make it even more immersive. It will be just right because it will be you.

  39. Greetings to you! Every time you post something that starts like this post (basically life has been heavy but I’ve shaken it off long enough to do this one thing) I feel it SO MUCH! It comes through my email and I get a notice on my phone and I can see the first few lines, and today I was really needing a pick me up so it was great timing. I love your closet recording studio!

    I live in the U.S. and would like to be among the (undoubtedly large and excited) group from which you select a recipient for your amazing new book! Reading is my favorite escape. Besides my closet, of course, which isn’t nearly as cool as a recording studio. (However my closet does have a container of Skittles hidden in it!)

  40. I’m so excited for this book! My friends and I were able to watch you at a book signing (not in a creepy way) in San Diego a few years ago and got some pictures with you. You were gracious and funny.

  41. Congratulations on holding a copy of your creation. It makes it real!! I will have to buy the audio version too so I can imagine you in the closet reading it to me!

  42. Having the actual book in your hands must be an incredible feeling!! I can’t wait to read it, and listen to the audiobook too. I always do both because I feel like I get a whole new experience listening to you read it. 🙂

  43. I’m jealous you can fit a chair in your closet. Heck – I’m impressed you have a closet you can even stand in! Ahhh….closet envy transcends all time and places, pandemics or not.

  44. Huzzah for you…and us who get to read it. I commend your publisher on their great taste in literature.

  45. Rereading your previous books has been my mental lifeline during the past few months. Can’t wait to read your new one!

  46. I am so excited for your new book! I have to share — I was driving through my parent’s neighborhood this weekend (rural Nevada) and there was a GIANT METAL ROOSTER on someone’s front porch (about 5 feet tall). I wanted to stop and ask if they were also a fantastic strangling, but we’re in the middle of a plague and showing up unannounced on a stranger’s front porch is probably frowned upon. But it made me smile, and think of you, and say out loud in my car, by myself, “KNOCK KNOCK MOTHERF**KER!”

  47. The audio book is going to be so much better now that I can picture you reading it in your closet. 😂😂 I can’t wait!! Love the cover!!

  48. oh my word, that is exciting!!!!!! also i totally feel you on not opening the mail. i have a voicemail from my aunt i’m assuming wishing me well (i’m one week into covid) and i still haven’t listened. i had my mom (i’m 32) text her to tell her it was too much for me to call her back. anyways i hope this bodes well for a good week 🙂

  49. Hello. Thank you for the good news. My elbow hurts on top of all the bullshit.

  50. I love the idea of you recording the audio book in your closet. It’s the *best* metaphor for this year: cozy, somewhat suffocating, and none of us ever know when a wedding dress (or the sky) is going to fall on our head. I can’t wait to read this! 🖤

  51. I’m so excited for your new book! It seems like a nice light to look towards right now! I’m in grad school and between my schoolwork, internship and COVID books are my one comfort. Can’t wait!

  52. Love seeing you in your closet! How fun! I have pre-ordered your book from Nowhere Bookstore, but would love having an advanced copy. Pick me, please!

  53. Pick me!! I was just telling my friend about the bookclub pick this month, and I said you know what I really need is to laugh. I miss laughing. I need Jenny Lawson’s new book now! (She turned me on to you a few years back)

  54. I was singing a vocal track when our band was in the studio, and while recording I made them give me a beer, turn the lights out and leave. 🤣

  55. Awesome! Glad to hear the book will be out soon! I loved your other ones and reading the blog. Happy recording to you!

  56. I want it! Your funny books are always good for getting through a difficult time. And 2020 is definitely that!

  57. Very proud of you! Thank you so much for sharing your life with all us weirdos. Much love to you!

  58. Great news indeed! Congrats, Jenny! Love you in the closet, and well, pretty much love you anywhere. (And golly would I love an autographed copy of your new book!)

  59. Yay! This is exactly the kind of happy news that I needed today! I can’t wait to read it!
    (Posting this comment for the second time because I don’t think it posted the first time? Sorry if it did!)

  60. Love all your books! Can’t wait to read Broken. Congrats! 🎊🎉🎊🎉🎈🎈

  61. I’m so excited to read Broken!! I absolutely adore your writing. Thank you for sharing your stories with us all.

  62. Hooray! I’m so happy you’re doing the audiobook, I adore the audio for the other two books!

  63. So excited that you have written another book!! I can’t wait to read it. I always buy it, read it, and then pass it on. So fun to introduce you to people who have never heard of you.

  64. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it. Then listen to the audiobook. I’ve done this with your other books and it just makes them better.

  65. Can’t wait to get my filangies on this book 😂! I told my boyfriend I wanted this book super bad. I want to start that Christmas tradition you posted on Twitter, and it definitely has to be with one of your books!!!! ☺️

  66. You know, the monster on the cover kind of reminds me of your new Monster purchase that you posted on Twitter this weekend!

    Can’t wait to read the new book 😊

  67. It was so fun listening to you live on the library talk the other night. Cant wait for the book.

  68. I know Covid is horrendous for so many people, but this anxious introvert is living! Just a few examples- I don’t have to go to any awkward social gatherings, no hand shakes or hugs, we made a candy slide- no talking to strange kids- the hotel I recently had to stay in had a digital key- no front desk! I am living my best life!

  69. I’m so excited for the new book! I can always have more of your brand of crazy in my life (instead of the usual crazy out there)

  70. Whoo-hoo!!!! New book is always good news! I even have my copy pre-ordered because I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  71. Congratulations! Can’t wait to read this one! (Currently reading The Witches are Coming by Lindy West – so good!)

  72. This is wonderful news! And, who knows, one day wedding dresses may be considered the height of acoustic technology.

  73. If one can simultaneously hide in one’s closet AND get work done…sounds like the best thing ever 🙂

  74. Congratulations! It’s beautiful! I am supremely grouchy today and this post helped a littttttttttttttle bit. I dunno I’m still pretty ragey.

  75. I would love a signed copy of your new book! I’ve recorded many a school presentation in my closet. The sound quality is the best and my kids and dogs have to get through 2 locked doors to get to me.

  76. I am so excited for you! My closet is also my special hiding place. Thank you for always reminding me that I am never alone in my weirdness! ❤️

  77. Congratulations on the new book!! It’s so incredibly pretty. Oh and your recording studio is my dream home office. I just need to evict all of my husband’s belongings from it. 🙂

  78. Also, I love your closet recording studio. You have been a light for me during all this confusion, and I appreciate you and your family so much more than y’all will ever know.

  79. Can’t wait to read this. But maybe I should get the audiobook because maybe I can’t wait to hear you read this…

  80. Cannot wait to read more of your quirky, wonderful self. Your writing helps me know depression is a big, fat, ugly liar and reminds me there is humor in the darkest of days. Like Granny’s deaths. Both of them.

  81. I can’t wait for April! I pre-ordered the book! I could use an uplifting read right now. I would love to get an advance copy!

  82. The cover reminds me of one of my of favorite paintings. It’s called ‘The Favorite’ by Omar Rayyan and prints are available on Etsy, for those of us who love that type of thing. I have a print hanging in my bedroom.

    I didn’t think I could be more excited by another work from you and then you go and evoke all the feelings I get form that piece of art. SO EXCITED for this. It’s a ray of sunshine in the s-storm of this year…

  83. TBH I think I want to hear your wedding dress falling and Dorothy Barker in the audio book.

  84. I loved your previous books. I even made my now-husband listen to Furiously Happy on a road trip, as a way to introduce him to trichotillomania and other things I struggle with. I really look forward to Broken!

  85. Can I just love you so much right now in your gorgeous cozy phone operator boudoir booth?

    Because I’m here to do exactly that.

  86. I love it when a crappy day leads to an AWESOME day and then you share that awesome day with all of us, and we can climb higher out of our own holes and shout “YAY!!” and enjoy all those good feels that go along with that…THANK YOU!!

  87. How exciting! I would love to add Broken to my Jenny Lawson book collection! Please pick me!!

  88. So, so looking forward to your new book. You always make me feel so much less alone!

  89. I’m so excited! It looks perfect and that demon is magical!! I can’t wait to get one! I love you 😘🏳️‍🌈

  90. I think reading in the closet sounds heavenly – enjoy that (sort of) private time.

  91. Congrats on your new book. A published book & a recording studio in a closet sounds like my idea of Heaven & I’m not even a religious sort of person–but in the non-religion of me, that is what Heaven would be. That and some cats & dogs & cookies… lots & lots of cookies… and coffee and tea… oh and my husband. He would be there too, of course…

  92. Can’t wait to read your book. (I like holding a book vs listening, so fingers crossed)

  93. I’m so proud of you, congratulations!! I’m so excited to read it, because honestly nothing gets me through hard feelings quite like your writing. Happy recording!

  94. I read Lets pretend all the time, My mother asked me why I am laughing , I read her a part. She called me a pervert. I told her that she does not understand high brow humor

  95. I am so glad you’re hanging in there through all this madness. I can’t wait to read the new book, and listen to the new audio book. And I can’t wait until it’s safe to travel and I can make the pilgrimage to Nowhere 😉

  96. I ‘m jumping up and down like I do during Mardi Gras parades! Throw it here!

    You look lovely in your recording studio.

  97. Thank you so much for writing another book! I keep buying your first three and giving them away to people who need your most enjoyable form of empathy.

  98. Yippee, something to look forward to!!

    My wedding dress is in a box and is very very heavy, so it would make a big sound if it fell on me.

  99. Here I am commenting, but don’t judge my spelling. My dog fell asleep with her ear flipped over one of my eyes and I am too nap trapped to move.

  100. If I win, I promise to Booksgiving it to someone. (Yes, it’s a verb now.) Also, if I don’t win, I will still Booksgiving it to someone.

  101. Why did this make me cry?! Look what you did! I’m and so happy and proud of you! I can’t wait to read it! Thank you for being you!

  102. Can’t wait to read it! And as someone who spent many happy hours in a closet under the stairs hiding and reading, I salute that energy! Congratulations! 🎈🎉🍾

  103. THANK YOU for continuing to write and share your story. Looking forward to the new book. Love your closet umbrella!

  104. I am so excited to read this Jenny!! Your blog and books bring me so much joy during this crazy year 😀

  105. I love both of the previous books and know this one will be just as amazing!! Congratulations!!!

  106. I’d love to have it right now, but I know everyone else would too. I love the cover!

  107. Yay! Congratulations, Jenny! My mom always says that closets are comfy-cozy spots, good for blocking out the outside world.

  108. Congratulations on the ARC and starting to record the audiobook! It actually looks like a lot of fun to be sitting there in the closet recording it!

  109. I can’t wait to read the new book! Just introduced a friend to your first book

  110. Your books have brought me so much comfort and let me know I’m not alone. I can’t wait to read this next one!!

  111. Please please make it one of the book club books……but if you can’t will still buy it and loooove it.

  112. Thank you for finding the strengths and reserves to keep working on this. Broken is a light at the end of a pretty long and dark tunnel, I’m grateful to have some belly-laughs to look forward to!

  113. You rock! I’ve created a small sound studio in my home too, because chorus singers have had to go virtual. It’s a steep learning curve, managing all the equipment and doing the performance at the same time. Thank you for doing that!

  114. Wow….you got all the way down here??? Working in a closet sounds like my dream job. Where do I apply? Congrats Jenny….can’t wait to read it…

  115. Omg I would absolutely love a signed copy. This year has been ridiculous. 4th positive covid test in my office in as many weeks. I was home, quarantined because of my close contact with the 2nd case. I’m scared going back tomorrow. We have someone in the office we know is waiting on test results because they weren’t feeling well and we peons can’t tell them to go home. Our jobs have been threatened if we say anything to anyone. I’m waiting for my finalizations of a new job, but until then, I’m stuck. This would brighten my day and once I finish reading, I could lend to my sister, who absolutely adores you.

  116. So exciting! I’d be over the moon for early copy. I always get your books on audiobook and hardback. Well except your coloring book of course. I’ll add Dorothy Barker cameo would be very cool. 😉

  117. I can’t wait to both read the print book AND listen to you read it to me when the audio is released 😁

  118. Congrats on your book! Also they should totally leave in the sound of your wedding dress falling on you because it fits the theme xD

  119. I’d love a signed copy to go with my other treasured JL masterpieces, but most of all I want you to be ridiculously joyful as much as possible.

  120. You are adorable in your blackmail closet. I am so looking forward to reading your new book!

  121. Oh good news!! Hip hip hooray! What a lack of that there has been of late. Congratulations on your new book, Jenny! (I would absolutely love to receive an advance copy! 🙂

  122. Exciting that your book release is close and I think your closet sound recording studio is way cool!

  123. Your new book is the second best thing to happen in 2020….the only good thing was my dog! Is being second place to a dog really a bad thing?

  124. Ah, so excited! I would love a signed copy! Especially since you won’t be doing any signings for quite some time because of the plague.

  125. I love how people are finding more and more creative ways to do things on a small and quiet scale. Companies with employees working from home, late-night comedians filming their shows from their attics. It seems like in the face of a pandemic, creativity blooms unbridled.

  126. Congrats on the galley! What a kick ass great joy today… you deserve the best and if by some wacko chance (which it won’t… it’s my luck) my number comes up… give the copy to the next in line… not writing to do anything more than say congratulations and woo woo girl. Are we woo woo girls now? Oh my gawd. Save me from myself.

  127. Jenny, I watch your success and I applaud you every darn step of the way. You’ve done it all so honestly, admirably, bravely–without the b.s. so many use to be less than transparent about their journey. No screens from you–and it’s a beautiful thing to watch. Congrats again, you!

  128. I think they need to let you keep the sounds as well as your reaction to your wedding dress falling on you. Perfect for the book!

  129. Your opening line of feeling too overwhelmed to even open your mail resonates with me so much these past few weeks. Today I feel like the depression is starting to kick in. I’d love to read your third book for a little bit of happiness and laughter and to feel not so alone. You’re my hero.

  130. I LOVE your stuff! Laughter in the time of Covid is SO SO important 💛💛💛 can not wait to read the new book!

  131. I am so proud of you Jenny. I admire youso much and I know that makes you feel weird so I am sorry!

  132. I am literally counting down the days until I get your new book. Your books have saved me in times of darkness and I will be forever grateful for you.

  133. Jenny, I’m so looking forward to this book! I’m currently re-reading Furiously Happy to tide me over. Your stories are so reassuring, like hearing from a friend I haven’t met yet.

  134. You always make me feel a little more seen in the world. From a fellow closet hider—well done, I can’t wait to read.

  135. I can’t wait to read it! Glad you got some good news this week. Everyone could use some these days.

  136. I can’t wait for your new book!!! I may or may not be doing a happy dance (totally doing a happy dance but afraid the cool kids will judge me).

  137. I follow you on Facebook, in a weird, my husband is the only one who looks at it to stalk our grandchildren way, and he asked me this weekend “your lady has a new book out?”, to which, of course I know who “my lady” is, and I said “yes, it’s out in April”. I would be beyond humbled and freaking out excited to be able to read your new book first!! But either way, I can’t wait until it is out officially and I can buy copies of it, as I firmly believe that your books are gold, and I give them to friends accordingly!!! Congratulations from one person who has been working from home for 35 weeks, but who’s counting???

  138. Cannot wait to read this book! It’s been a terrible year and it’s wonderful having things to look forward to.

  139. Ahh, Jenny you inspire me and tea h me so much. Thank you for all that you are and all that you share. 🧡

  140. Ahh!!! I love your books so much they’re ones of the few I can actually read repeatedly and still find just as funny and feel just as much as when I read them for the first time. You’re quite genuinely my favorite author and it’d be so amazing if you picked this comment(but let’s be real, I’ll 100% buy it as soon as it comes out anyway). I can’t wait to read your next hilariously real masterpiece. Also I totally relate to the closet thing because when ever I’m anxious, that’s where I hide.

  141. I can’t wait! I have signed copies of both your other books and they are on the list of things to save in the event of a fire.

  142. PS is that a Maxfield Parrish print just randomly sitting on the floor outside your closet? Oh the humanity!

  143. I can’t wait to read it! You make me feel like my normal is OK and I love you for that! Hugs and spoons❤️❤️❤️

  144. I can’t wait to read it! My husband and I have been reading your books, and David Sedaris’ books over the phone to a friend in the hospital with COVID. It’s been wonderful letting a little light in to an otherwise terrible situation. Thank you.

  145. Pick me! Pick me ! I can’t wait to read your new book and find a sense of belonging with all the “crazy” out there.

  146. Can’t wait to read it! Thank you for so openly sharing your struggles. My 15 year old is struggling with major depression and anxiety, I can’t tell you how many times I use your quote – depression lies!! And try to convince him it will get better.

  147. How lovely is this shit?! I’m so excited to read it! “I’m broken,” was the first thing that I said to my therapist and 3 years later we are still unpacking THAT statement. ❤️

  148. I’m so excited to get my copy when it comes out (pre-ordered from your store!) ♥️♥️

  149. Congratulations on a massive accomplishment and milestone in your life. You’re a touchstone for us all. Whether I win or not, looking forward to reading this book when it’s published!

  150. No one has advanced on me in DECADES, so, yeah, need an advanced copy. Then I’ll keep it until I buy two hardcovers for my girls who fucking love you.

  151. Actually, having been to NYC your closet may be larger than some hotel rooms I’ve stayed in!

  152. I absolutely love to listen to your audiobooks. Not all authors do their own work justice, but I can’t imagine hearing yours narrated by anyone else. And now I can picture you safely tucked away in a closet telling your stories!

  153. Can’t wait! I really need some not so normal in my life. Mostly because life isn’t normal.

  154. I cannot wait! I loved “Furiously Happy” so much I gave copies of it to my mom and 3 sisters for Christmas. Your take on navigating life and all its shit is both poignant and raw.
    And I just introduced a friend to “Let’s Pretend….” I have already pre-ordered “Broken”, so I don’t need to win a copy. If I get it, it WILL be shared with the masses. Or more likely my sister.

  155. Already have my daughter’s fancy-shmancy copy ordered, bought Rachel Bloom’s memoir to tuck under the tree. I’d LOVE a sneaky peek copy of your new book!

  156. It’s definitely the little things right now. Like my boss telling me to take another 30min break because she could hear my brain breaking through the computer.

  157. Last night a friend of mine sent me the link to the giveaway on Goodreads. She asked if you were my friend I talk about. So, I guess, yes? I do talk about you like I know you, but we’ve only met twice! (Both at book signings, I’m not a weird stalker.) I hope I win so I can read it early, but if not I’ll have to buy it! Can’t wait to read it.

  158. What great news! Loved your other books, and can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

  159. Love your books! Can’t wait to read this one. I happen to be broken right now and it’s not in the best possible way. Reading your book might just help.

  160. So excited to get this! I love listening to your audiobooks cuz you are so good at storytelling and I feel like I’m listening to and old friend tell me wonderful/crazy/hilarious stories.

  161. Congratulations on both the book and figuring out how to turn your closet into a makeshift audio studio. I am so excited to read it and wish you all the best. Thank you for repping us weirdos and misfits.

  162. Congrats on the ever closer finish line to a hardcover in hand! I preordered a copy via nowhere bookstore for my daughter but if I win I have a family relative that could use your resilience!!

  163. It’s always good to have cats on stand-by. I’m leaving a comment, but since I work all day at a noisy place, it’s never early enough to have a chance.😐🙁☹ Love all your books so I will get it some way.

  164. You always put a smile on my face which adds much needed levity to my day. I love everything you write and can’t wait to read your new book!

  165. Woohooo! I am feeling pretty broken right now but hoping to read this book, eventually. Also, if a book is too complex to send, can you send knees? I could use some. Also,much love to you, your granny, and your closet.

  166. This is exciting! A podcast I listen to was doing their recording from their home closets in March, honestly now I’m thinking that might not be a bad place to work from home…

  167. Congrats on having a copy finally! Also I think hearing your stomach growl or Dorothy Barker barking would actually make the audiobook MUCH more fun to listen to, but what do I know? Super extra excited to finally have a new book of yours coming soon!!

  168. Oh how great for another book! I have given many a mini metal chicken as gifts since learning how fabulous Beyoncé was as an anniversary gift. And those who get it are infinitely cooler.

  169. I live quite a bit outside of the US, so if you pick me, you’ll have to pick again…

    Anyway, I just wanted to say stuff like „Yay“, „Congratulations!“, „Oooohh, it’s a book!“ and all the other things that are appropriate here. And I’ll just have to buy it when it comes out.

  170. Fantastic! SO looking forward to this new book. At this point we all need something to make us smile. Stay safe in that closet! (Usually I tell my friends to come out of the closet, but…)

  171. The creature on your book cover looked familiar, but I couldn’t quite place it. Then I realized it reminded me of the taxidermied monster head that you posted on Twitter the other day! Something about that smile…
    I can’t wait to read Broken!

  172. Looking forward to reading your newest book! I’ve so enjoyed the others and often recommend them with an enthusiasm that might be a little frightening.

  173. Yay! Congratulations on the new book…so looking forward! ( I will sit in my closet this week… in solidarity of audio book goddesses)

  174. I love the closet setup, and that’s wonderful about the book! I love the creature on the cover.

  175. How glorious. It may be the one of the few bright spots of 2020. Then I send my pre-ordered copy to someone who can’t afford one.

  176. You are looking quite EXTRA in your booth. But maybe you should put a comfy pad on the chair. I pre-ordered the audiobook so now I’ll be listening for bonus content in the form of background sounds! Maybe they could leave a tiny bark in there somewhere?

  177. I’m a teacher and I could definitely use a funny great book right about now!

  178. I absolutely can’t wait to read this! Your books are amongst a small handfull that I re-read at least once a year. Thank you for your honesty and humor. These have gotten me through some tough times.

  179. I would love a copy! I, like so many others, lost my job in March due to Covid. The past 7 months have been a struggle but the past few weeks have been the darkest for me. I don’t see the light, especially with unemployment coming to an end soon and all my interviews have gone no where and I am frightened. I know others have it worse but that doesn’t to matter to my anxiety. I need some normal and I don’t even know what that looks like anymore.

  180. Bright Blessings to you and your loved ones in this dark time. Sending much love and virtual hugs to all who read this!

  181. Fantastic achievement, fantastic [ beasty] cover!

    So excited to read it. From a fellow introvert to another… the closet IS the place to be<3

  182. I hope they’re not editing out Dorthy’s barks! And I would love this galley copy, but I want to purchase the real thing from Nowhere in April, so if you randomly pick me, please randomly pick another person for this copy. Thank you for sharing!

  183. Oh, Jenny, I love & relate to you so much! And, while I would absolutely LOVE to get a copy of your new book, I’m just glad I got the chance to tell you how I feel!! Sisters in anxiety, unite!

  184. And here I’ve been hiding in the closet all these years for free, like a sucker. I love the cover, by the way, it looks great!

  185. So excited! Your first book was the only book I ever read that had me laughing out loud causing people in the airport to think I was a crazy person!

  186. So happy for you! Sounds like a great week. We all need happy news and this is happy news❤

  187. Glad you could see above the flotsam and jettsam(?) of our lives these days. Please keep on posting and making our lives a little easier.

  188. It’s been a rough and shitty time. May this book go to soneone who really needs it!

  189. Did you run down the street holding your book above your head screaming “I wrote this! I wrote this!” ? I totally would.

  190. I’m in the hospital after being bitten by a rogue spider. I didn’t even get any freaking superpowers. Just a rotting thigh. I don’t even glow.

  191. I absolutely love your books. After I read them thoroughly, I give them away to friends that I know have some “mental illness” and no money. This pandemic sure isn’t helping on that matter. Thanks for sharing your life.

  192. Would love to read Broken!! I think I can wait until April, but if I could read it early that would be even better (like kitty cuddles and biscuits on a cool fall day)!

  193. So excited to know that you will be the one reading your own book. Love it!!
    Would love to have an ARC so I can read before the rest of the world….not that I would lord it over anyone……
    You deserve the best closet in the world recording studio award, Jenny!!
    Love the caption!

  194. I’m so excited you have a new book coming out! My husband decided he needed to read Furiously Happy after I couldn’t stop snorting out loud while reading it in bed next to him. When he was reading it he would snort or cackle and I’d stop whatever I was doing and have to check what part he was reading so I could relive the hilarity 🙂

  195. This is wonderful news. Congratulations. You make me feel like it’s OK to be broken.

  196. Is it hot in your “recording studio”? I’m hearing from other big time celebrities that it gets hot in the closet.

  197. Yay, good news!!

    Sitting in a cozy closet, away from people, reading all day, with emergency support cats on standby?

  198. Congratulations!! and I love that you pretend to be an operator while recording in your closet! 😉 can’t wait to read your new book!

  199. Listening to Let’s Pretend This Never Happened while waiting in line for a drive-through COVID test. How very 2020.

  200. JennyJennyJennyJennyJenny!

    HOW EXCITING! ARCs mean that it’s all true, you really wrote it, that it wasn’t just some dream isolation made you have. It’s so wonderful. I am happy for you and happy for ALL of us because we get to read it.

    Someone needs to come up with a taxidermy-ing app that we can use to see what we’d look like if we were preserved in that fashion so we can use the images for Gravatars or, say, book covers.

    Mazel tov on the ARC!

    Ruth (Other Ruth)

  201. This will be quite the therapeutic read!

    I will likely never be able to hear any audiobook of yours from here on out without thinking of you doing closet recording. 🙂

  202. I can’t wait to read this one! Ive read/listened to your other two books so many times!

  203. That is a seriously adorable photo of you and I vote that it should be your author photo.

  204. Closet recording studio sounds cozy…and it is nice to not have to leave your house which means pets are available! I am looking forward to reading Broken; I’d love to be gifted the available copy, and I would also be happy to purchase a copy when it becomes available.

    I really enjoy your flair for hilarious as well as sensitive story telling 💗✨

  205. This made my day! I was back at work as well today after being quarantined with Covid (3/4 of my house; my daughter’s immune system must be steel! Lol) and it was long and exhausting… Having a boss who doesn’t take it as seriously as she should is frustrating as hell. I am so excited to hear you read your next book and look forward to its birthday!

  206. So excited! I’ll be buying no matter what because I love the audiobook versions, but would love an autographed copy! 😍

  207. My Mom was a telephone operator as a young woman back during WWII. Your pic brought back some of the stories she would tell of those times. Congrats on the book! I can’t wait to read it!

  208. Even if you don’t pick me, I’m so ridiculously happy for you! The cover is beautiful! Congratulations!

  209. Thank you for the chance to receive an early copy. Looking forward to reading even if do not win. Stay well!

  210. I ADORE your weirdness. You have helped me heal and trudge through this crazy time. ❤️

  211. Oooooh, this is great news! Whether or not I win the third copy, I am excited to read it.

  212. I am very much looking forward to it. In our house we would just say “I am very looking forward to it”, but you haven’t been there so I’ll put all the words in.

  213. I *love* your closet cave! We never needed to travel for these sort of things, did we? Good luck with your book; I can’t wait to read it!

  214. I am totally serious: That is now my favorite time-of-Covid photograph.

    And I am in awe that you got a book out given all the details you shared about your life this year. Congratulations!

  215. I cannot wait to read your new book. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. Congratulations on the new book!

  216. So excited for you new book! Thank you for all of the bright gems and fun during these crazy times. Keep staying safe and healthy!

  217. Let’s pretend this never happened had me literally cry laughing. With the insanity that is covid, I cannot wait for the chance to laugh (and relate) with you again.

  218. I love the closet studio! A nice snug place. 🙂 Can’t wait to read the new book.

  219. Long time lurker, first time poster! Congrats on the book, I can’t wait to read it!

  220. Yes!!! I’m so happy and impressed!! You did it! I can’t wait to read it 🥰

  221. Can’t wait to read this! And I love your closet recording studio. Please add something fun at the end of the recording that mentions the closet, or Dorothy, or something? Just for fun and silliness!

  222. Congratulations! I’m so proud of you. I have all your books thus far, and I’ll be adding this one to my wish list.

  223. I love reading your books over and over, but listening to them makes me laugh out loud!!

  224. No reason to ever leave your house…sounds like a win. I can’t wait to read your new book!

  225. I cannot wait to buy the audio book and receive my Strangelings Book Club copy! If I won this copy I would angel it to a friend of mine who has been suffering during the pandemic. That closet looks GOOD on you!

  226. Random person here, writing a random post, hoping for a not-so-random big win! Or I can wait for April….
    I am SO glad you’re recording! I have Furiously Happy practically memorized. It’s my go-to audio when I need a laugh or reassurance that I’m not alone. That has been a Lot since March.
    You are a mainstay in my life. I am with you when you’re in trouble, and I know you’re with me.

  227. I’m really looking forward to your book. I can really use some good news for a change after all the bad news. I had to say goodbye to my sweet dog on Friday the 13th, of all the days available. But if you happen to choose my comment, please pick someone else. I have preordered your book as soon as it was available and I’d rather pay it forward to someone else here in the comments.

    As always, love you, Jenny!

  228. I can’t wait to read the new book! I have read your other books about a million times and I never get tired of reading them.

  229. You aren’t old enough to remember those phone operators, but you used to pick up the receiver and yell “Central”! then tell them the number you were calling. Congrats on the new book!

  230. You look positively adorable in your closet studio switchboard. I love the coordination between your dress and the parasol.

  231. I own everyone of your books in print and audio. I like to pretend we’re having drinks and you’re telling me your stories to make me feel a bit better about my own. And they do, so thank you. ❤❤❤

  232. My 14 year old HATES everything I like or say. But she finished Let’s Pretend and told me it was good. If I had the new book, I might actually be cool. Pick me.

  233. I love how creative you are in getting what you need done while still working within your own needs. <3

  234. My daughter bought me your last book for my birthday – if I’m chosen, she will absolutely receive this for Christmas… after I read it. 😉😂

  235. 100% getting this ASAP because I too hide in the closet when the world gets too loud and find much comfort there.

  236. I hope they leave in some of the “background” noises I think it would add to the experience!

  237. As much as I’d love it because I’m greedy that way, and I’d review it for the Seattle Mystery Bookshop blog (the shop may be gone, but we’re still breathing!), i think it should go to someone who needs it as a lifeline. But I pinky[-swear I’ll buy a copy from my favorite indie bookstore in April, and I’ll review it then.


  238. Yay! I almost always get books from the library but yours I actually buy. Then I loan them out and don’t get them back but hopefully they’re traveling around making more people laugh so that’s good too.

  239. Oh that’s amazing! I have all your books and will definitely have this one (gifted or not) but the audio book for Furiously Happy has been a life saver! I can be in the biggest funk and put it on and it helps tons.

  240. Oh, Jenny! I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to read your new book. The only thing that could make it any better would be to read it sooner!!

  241. The good news is MOST welcome. I love your recording studio!! Looking forward to reading your new book.

  242. I am so happy you got the copy today. Yes, you do look sort of like an old(er) time operator, my mom was one! The closet idea is genius! I would love to get a signed copy of the new book, Broken. Lots of luck with it.

  243. Jenny, you ar doing awesome during Covid and I love your trips to your bookstore! Keep Calm and Book On.

    Love from Michigan.

  244. Yahoooo! That’s beautiful!
    I already have a copy preordered, but would love a copy for my niece who, like me, has anxiety issues. I’ve been extra worried for her as she’s working the COVID quarantine area for students at a local college.

  245. I’m so excited for this book and also grateful for the small, secret blessings hidden in pandemic life.

  246. A new addition is most welcome in these difficult times. Retaining the ability to laugh will be a lifesaver.

  247. Congratulations on birthing another literary classic. Can’t wait for my copy!

  248. Hi 😊 ! So happy to hear this awesome news down, 🤔 (over?) in a tiny town in Kentucky! My Kitty, Mr Quiver, and I had a celebratory brownie.. well he had a couple cat treats and I had the brownie..ok,, I had more than one..OK!!OK!! I had the whole pan!!! Don’t judge me, I never get to celebrate! Love you and praying for you and your family!

  249. Glad for you.
    I’ve been looking forward to your new book, the name is what I am, Broken. Broken, alone and barely able to eat from cancer treatment and going downhill. Hope I win the book lottery but if not would welcome anything that might lift me up even a little bit.

  250. Love you, Jenny! Super congrats! 🎉 I can’t wait for your book. I’ve felt completely broken for months, and I’ve been taking care of my dad whose Lewy Body Dementia has gotten drastically worse. He’s broken too. ♥️