What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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
“Achingly exquisite...providing real hope for those who long to heal.”—Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
By age 30, 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 PTSD—a condition that occurs when trauma happens continuously, over the course of years.
Both of Foo’s parents abandoned her when she was a teenager, after years of physical and verbal abuse and neglect. She thought she’d 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 don’t move on from trauma—but 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 body—and examines one woman’s ability to reclaim agency from her trauma.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 2 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 22, 2022|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #830 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#7 in PTSD
#16 in Popular Psychology Pathologies
#16 in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2022
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Abuse in the AAPI community rarely gets talked about (at least in my circles), and it is necessary that it gets more attention. I lived an eerily similar childhood to Stephanie and found that shame continues unless things are talked about and dealt with. Like in professional therapy.
I would recommend this book because it provides hope for people who have experienced trauma. This is especially relevant to those who are in the AAPI community, but I'm sure applicable to so many others. This book de-stigmatizes mental health and dispels any model minority myths that perpetuate misunderstood stereotypes about the AAPI community.
The book spoke to me in a deep way, and made me feel that my experiences were not one-off and "my fault," but the fault of circumstance. There are ways to heal, and Stephanie talks in depth about her own journey so you can not only follow along, but be inspired to go on your own mental health journey, silencing shame and experiencing self love (perhaps, for the first time).
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I couldn't put this book down and read it in one sitting.
Highly recommended for anyone suffering from C-PTSD (whether formally diagnosed or not) and for those who wish to understand more about this devastating condition.