The best books about traumatic brain injury

Many authors have picked their favorite books about traumatic brain injury and why they recommend each book.

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The Memory Palace

By Mira Bartok,

Book cover of The Memory Palace

A harrowing and beautiful tale of two sisters growing up with a paranoid schizophrenic mother. The author describes a fine line between gentle artistic creativity and debilitating mental illness. The reader will come away with a better understanding of how deeply children are affected growing up in a dysfunctional and traumatic environment. A mother's love and a journey to forgiveness teach us the complex meaning of love.

Who am I?

I have the expertise for this topic because I was raised in a loving home with a mother who struggled with bipolar disorder. At times my life was hilariously adventurous or heart-wrenchingly sad. Given little direction, I married an alcoholic and then went on to work at a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. I have fallen on hard times, but at the age of thirty-two, as a single mother collecting welfare, I managed to grief, heal and dig myself out, creating a rewarding life. I am optimistic, and I try to find humour in all things, especially after the tears and healing have subsided. My writing has brought me tremendous healing and joy.

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Where Is My Happy Ending?: A Journey of No Regrets

By Karen Harmon,

Book cover of Where Is My Happy Ending?: A Journey of No Regrets

What is my book about?

Karen's memoir takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1970-1990. Looking for love in all the wrong places, Karen leaves home at seventeen at her mother's urging. She soon finds herself emersed in the disco scene, meeting unsavoury characters and going from one dead-end job to another. Where is my Happy Ending is a true story about a girl who enters adulthood after being raised in a home plagued with mental illness. A genuine, heartbreaking and heartwarming account that is relatable to women of all ages. Karen's wit and storytelling abilities and simplicity at looking at life will keep you engaged from start to finish.

Animals in Translation

By Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson,

Book cover of Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

Like her book Thinking In Pictures, Animals In Translation is about how Temple Grandin solved problems, like ways to improve animal handling in slaughterhouses, by putting herself literally in the position of the animals and ‘seeing’ how it could change the way they were treated, making it less distressing for them. This then is about visual communication, not verbal as words themselves are only part of the communication process, with tone of voice and body language being the greater part of it. Speaking for myself, I found language problematic as what someone said might be contradicted by what they did or the tone of their voice.

Who am I?

What qualifies me to compile this list of books, probably goes back to my childhood and the confusion I felt about human society and its conflict in word usage, compared to actual meaning. This fascination with psychology and linguistics, culminated in me reading perhaps hundreds of books, some of which are included here. My mother described me as a quiet baby and a child who would only say something, if they thought it was important, possible indicators of autism and the little professor syndrome of silent observation and study.

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Logic List English: Rhyming Word etc. - Vol 1 A

By Tony Sandy,

Book cover of Logic List English: Rhyming Word etc. - Vol 1 A

What is my book about?

Logic Lists English as a series of eight books, strips language naked, pointing out it is a simplified code, made obvious in the film Windtalkers, starring Nicolas Cage. The native speakers used their own language to relay military secrets, which the enemy couldn’t understand as they didn’t know the linguistic rules being used.

The first volume, Rhyming Words, uses a vertical grid, to show common combinations of consonants (Br- / Bl- ) and vowel sounds horizontally (A / E / I / O / U). It is set out in this way as columns for teaching purposes in the classroom, repeating the sounds firstly, then later writing out the patterns shown. This format ensures changes in language are accommodated over the years as sounds won’t really alter, even if the spelling does.

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