READING LIST on trauma
The books listed here dive into the issues of sexual abuse and assault. they serve as resources and as an opportunity to learn and grow from survivors and allies.
The trauma of sexual abuse is shared by one out of every six men, yet very few have broken their silence. Unflinching and compulsively readable, Chosen eloquently speaks for those countless others and their families.
In What Happened To You? Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” Winfrey shares stories from her own past, understanding through experience the vulnerability that comes from facing trauma and adversity at a young age. In conversation throughout the book, she and Dr. Perry focus on understanding people, behavior, and ourselves.
Surface Tension is a novel that dives in to the narrative of author John-Michael Lander and his experience in competitive diving and abuse in sport. With each dive, the fictional character, David, must silence the voices in his head to perform a near-perfect final dive and change his life forever. Returning home to Aulden, Ohio, David is faced with the reality that people aren’t what they seem.
In The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, Dr. Perry explains what happens to the brains of children exposed to extreme stress and shares their lessons of courage, humanity, and hope. Only when we understand the science of the mind and the power of love and nurturing, can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child.