100 Days of Memoirs to Nourish the Soul for Social Distancing Memoir Bookclub

Social Distancing Memoir Bookclub During Coronavirus Times

100 Days of Memoirs to Nourish the Soul
Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury
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DAY 5: March 26, 2020

Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury

by JoAnne Silver Jones

She didn’t see the hammer. For a fraction of a second JoAnne Jones saw a young black face, framed by a black hoodie, and then she descended into a place where she felt and saw nothing.


Jones survived this sudden assault by a stranger, but it left her with severe traumatic

brain injury (TBI), fractured hands, and PTSD. Headstrong tells the story of how she learned to live with the daily challenges of TBI.

It brings the reader into a life traumatized by violence and set in the context of a society full of violence and vocal, visible white supremacists. Woven throughout Jones’s account are the stories of how medical professionals, friends, family, and strangers became a foundation strong enough to hold her during the worst of times, and to give her the buoyancy to find a path toward hope.

Yearning for Magic

COPYRIGHT MELISSA BURCH, 2020