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Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury Paperback – November 19, 2019
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“Headstrong is an unforgettable journey into the experience of violent assault and the recovery from trauma. Dr. Jones’ intimately reflective story-telling and brilliant use of narrative voices draws us deeply into her consciousness as she re-lives each step of this physical, psychological, and emotional struggle for life. JoAnne carries us with her on this painful and uplifting journey of remembering and healing. As we read and witness and sob and cheer, we know we are participating intimately in a profound multi-dimensional experience of healing.”
―Steven Botkin, Men’s Resources International
“Eloquently told, Jones invites us into her harrowing journey from violence and brain injury to hope. With unflinching honesty, she shows how her determination to heal, led her to excavate the emotional legacy of her family and develop the emotional muscle to move beyond being a victim. If ever we needed a story of resilience against tough odds, now is the time.”
―Hilary Jacobs Hendel, author of the award-winning book, It’s Not Always Depression
“Jones begins her story by taking us through the day of her assault through her own eyes, starting with a seemingly benign walk from the metro station and ending with a savage beating, which we later learn was done with a hammer. She then proceeds to lead us along the roller coaster of her journey of recovery . . . she explores the nature of the new person she has become, learning to navigate her new life, both the good and the bad, managing her losses and celebrating her triumphs: living. As a brain injury survivor, it was a tough read for me. At the same time, I had a lot of trouble putting it down even for brief breaks. Headstrong is a page turner and a powerful read.”
―Deb Brandon, author of But My Brain Had Other Ideas: A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury
“Headstrong is a book about the trauma resulting from a vicious attack, but it also is a triumphant story of resilience. Jones reveals her intimate and hard-won journey toward recovery. The story is hers to tell―but it is our privilege to see inside the heart of a woman whose life is fortified by love and hope.”
―Dr. Patricia Romney, co-editor of Understanding Power: Imperative for Human Services
About the Author
- Publisher : She Writes Press (November 19, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 163152612X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1631526121
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rachel Jones, proud daughter of the author
One of the best books I’ve read this year.
As a reader, I was angry at this random act of violence, as Joanne Silver Jones became a victim just because she was at the wrong place at the wrong time. The brutal beating – and for what, we don’t really know for sure – will change the author’s life forever. And yet, there is hope. Days will pass and years will go by, and slowly there will be healing.
Headstrong is a story about recovery, one step at a time. Indeed, Jones is a brave survivor. She tells her story
with clarity, feeling, and compassion. To gain understanding when tragedy strikes, read this book for inspiration. If you think life is unfair, read this book to learn forgiveness. I highly recommend it!