I’m looking for recommendations for a book or books about trauma that would appeal to the non professional for a book ok group discussion. Would love to hear your thoughts. My favorites are “the deepest well” and “The Body Keeps the Score”, but I’m a therapist. Thank you.
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Jenna, thank you! I had forgotten about that one; appreciate the reminder
I loved reading Dr. Jame’s Doty, “Into the Magic Shop”. On first blush someone may not think it’s related to trauma, it is an auto biography, but it it is and is one of the most inspiring books I’ve read on resilience and compassion.
Hi Elaine. Humbly suggesting you take a look at my book, linked here for your consideration:
Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory.
Hope it speaks to you,
Educated by Tara Westover
Man's Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Primal Wound by Nancy Verrier
Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control by Heather Forbes (any of her books, which are on parenting and trauma informed schools).
What Happened To You by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry is excellent. We've been sharing many copies in our community, as well as a book study at the jail and it has been received well.
Three book suggestions: "Happiness is Running Through the Streets to Find You: Translating Trauma's Harsh Legacy into Healing" by Holly Elissa Bruno (autobiographical) and "Garbage Bag Suitcase" by Shenandoah Chefalo (autobiographical focus on experience of child in foster care system) and of course, "What Happened to You?" by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey
Hi Elaine, I recently published a book about my trauma healing and recovery journey, titled: It's Not About Food, Drugs, or Alcohol: It's About Healing Complex PTSD. It's a blending of memoir, science-based research, and a step-by-step
Complex PTSD workbook and recovery guide to ending the struggle with food, weight, substances, and close relationships by healing the root cause.
I purposely have made it super user-friendly. Here is the Amazon link:
You'll find the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon to get a feel for the table of contents. Feel free to reach out with any questions. Best, Mary
I wish "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog" by Bruce Perry were required reading for every adult in the world.