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What My Bones Know
What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma | Stephanie Foo
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A searing memoir of reckoning and healing by acclaimed journalist Stephanie Foo, investigating the little-understood science behind complex PTSD and how it has shaped her life Every cell in my body is filled with the code of generations of trauma, of death, of birth, of migration, of history that I cannot understand. . . . I want to have words for what my bones know. By age thirty, Stephanie Foo was successful on paper: She had her dream job as an award-winning radio producer at This American Life and a loving boyfriend. But behind her office door, she was having panic attacks and sobbing at her desk every morning. After years of questioning what was wrong with herself, she was diagnosed with complex PTSDa condition that occurs when trauma happens continuously, over the course of years. Both of Foos parents abandoned her when she was a teenager, after years of physical and verbal abuse and neglect. She thought shed moved on, but her new diagnosis illuminated the way her past continued to threaten her health, relationships, and career. She found limited resources to help her, so Foo set out to heal herself, and to map her experiences onto the scarce literature about C-PTSD. In this deeply personal and thoroughly researched account, Foo interviews scientists and psychologists and tries a variety of innovative therapies. She returns to her hometown of San Jose, California, to investigate the effects of immigrant trauma on the community, and she uncovers family secrets in the country of her birth, Malaysia, to learn how trauma can be inherited through generations. Ultimately, she discovers that you dont move on from traumabut you can learn to move with it. Powerful, enlightening, and hopeful, What My Bones Know is a brave narrative that reckons with the hold of the past over the present, the mind over the bodyand examines one womans ability to reclaim agency from her trauma.
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underground_bks
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This must-read on trauma recovery is part memoir of NPR radio producer Stephanie Foo‘s “apocalyptic childhood” (as Mary Karr once described hers), part journey to understanding her diagnosis of Complex PTSD through conventional & unconventional therapies. Foo is not only a deeply compelling writer/narrator, she‘s a wry & irreverent yet earnest & vulnerable guide through the pain of enduring, reckoning with, and healing from childhood trauma.

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Sydneypaige
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I love this audio book! Especially at the end with the excerpts of live therapy sessions. This book is pain and truth and healing and a journey. I have all the respect for lived experience authors who have to challenge therapists and medical professionals and stigma and power imbalances and so much “knowledge” based on bs in the fields. This book is honest and powerful and it‘s truth - it‘s messy & real & insightful. Into my dissertation it goes!

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Forgetmenot
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I can‘t recommend this book highly enough for those who have experienced trauma and for those working with trauma. Difficult content but written in such a way as to give a deeper understanding of trauma and the impact it had going forward. It gives hope to healing and living with complex ptsd

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In this raw and emotionally driven memoir, Foo examines the abuse she received as a child and the mental illness she lives with because of it. It‘s her slow discovery to who she is authentically and how to cope with her illness. This is exquisite and at times hard to read - she lays everything out. But, as she comes to terms and makes these slow discoveries, there is so much inspiration and hope.

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lilpumpkin2.0
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April 29, 2022 Man! Listers!!! Happy Friday and last day of April. I am like 1/3 of the way into this book and it is such an emotional one. When I read this, I can really FEEL through Stephanies' words how much trauma and pain she dealt woth and is still dealing with in the present day. I recommend this book for anyone honestly. This book is not only for people who are going through the same diagnosis of complex PTSD aka C-PTSD

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lilpumpkin2.0
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April 17, 2022 Happy Easter! Today I will be starting a new book. Updates to come 😛

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Kitta
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Very excited to read this book and there was a slate article out today by the author!

https://slate.com/technology/2022/04/stephanie-foo-book-what-my-bones-know-excer...

The book is a memoir about her journey healing from complex PTSD (a condition I also have). Books dealing with it are few and far between because it‘s considered relatively newly described.

Christine Thanks for sharing this article and about your personal connection to the book. On my TBR also! 8mo
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nelehelen
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New books I‘m excited about. Been hearing amazing things about WHAT MY BONES KNOW.

Thank you to the pubs for these #gifted copies!