What are the best books about childhood trauma?

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    #1A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

    A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

    A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive is the first book in the Dave Pelzer series which is a collection of books where he shares his own story of the brutal and severe abuse he suffered as a child by his own mother. 

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    Marilyn Sanders
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book was very difficult to read, especially knowing that it was based on a true story. It was disturbing, sad, frightening and amazing all at the same time. The abuse that Dave had to endure at the whim of his disturbed mother was haunting. Dave demonstrated a courage and intuition and drive to survive that most adults would not even be able to exhibit. This book was remarkably disturbing, yet made me want to hope that Dave would be rescued from his captivity and abuse."
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    #2The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.
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    Elizabeth Cordero
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls is an absolute must read and one of the few books I have actually read, or devoured for that matter. Written from a child's perspective, this is a touching, charming can't put it down kind of book. "
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    #3Lolita

    Lolita
    Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.
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    Marcos Rosas
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "While the book, Lolita, is centered around a child, it isn't exactly a depiction of childhood trauma. Rather, Lolita is about a man visiting America who is infatuated with a young, twelve year old, Lolita. He comes up with an elaborate scheme to seduce her, but there is a problem- her mother. Even after getting rid of her mother, Lolita refuses to adapt to his ideal lover. This book is very much aimed towards adults and doesn't dive into childhood trauma."
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    #4The Apple Tree Wish: Made by a Fatherless Girl

    The Apple Tree Wish: Made by a Fatherless Girl

    The Apple Tree Wish: Made by a Fatherless Girl is written by Maria Martinez which centers on a woman trying to find where she belongs in the world as she seeks her father after her mother's death. 

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    Jessica Gilbert
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This book had a theme that resonates strongly with me in terms of childhood trauma. Where it loses me though, is the Christian overtones. I don't think this book is really for everyone looking at this category. not for the non-religious crowd, myself included."
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    #5One for the Murphys

    One for the Murphys

    One for the Murphys is a standalone novel written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt which centers on 12-year-old Carley Connors who ended up in a foster care of the Murphy family. 

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    Tammy Taylor
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "One for the Murphys is an interesting novel about childhood trauma. The main character, Carley, is put into foster care at a young age. The story really tugs at your heart string. Carley really struggles trying to fit into her new "normal" family. The way she deals with her struggles is very inspirational. "
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    #6The Night Child

    The Night Child
    The Night Child is an adult fiction novel written by Anna Quinn which follows English high school teacher Nora Brown after she sees a girl's face in her classroom following her dismissal of her students. 
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    Manuel Cortés
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "It took me awhile to understand what was going on in this story but it was worth it. The story gets very intense and it keeps the reader on edge and it keeps them wanting to know more about this story."
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    #7A Man Named Dave

    A Man Named Dave
    A Man Named Dave is the third book in the Dave Pelzer autobiographical trilogy which centers on Dave Pelzer continuing his accounts of the abuse he experienced at the hands of his own mother and his life in foster care.  
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    Matthew Sullivan
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Kind of a heartbreaking story, and I found the way the author persevered through it all pretty well written. I can appreciate what the guy went through, but the overall tone comes off as bitter despite having a hopeful title. I can understand why, but it doesn't really make for good reading."
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    #8Protected by the Light: A Spiritual Memoir

    Protected by the Light: A Spiritual Memoir

    Protected by the Light: A Spiritual Memoir is written by Debra Roinestad which is a story of her survival in the hands of her psychotic, violent, drug-dealing parents and other members of her dysfunctional family. 

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    Félix Molina
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I didn't much care for this book but to be fair i always have trouble getting into books about trauma which are this extreme. Which isn't to say i don't believe they happen or should be talked about, but i've seen enough people dismiss milder forms of child abuse as "not REAL abuse" (using such books as examples of what they consider "real") it's managed to turn me off the whole subgenre. Anything where deep revelations come after a near-death experience is a major literary turn-off for me as well. This book in particular seemed half memoir and half "life lessons" which... i get using personal experience to better illustrate self-healing, but "here's me remembering the time my grandmother bashed my face against the wall" is a hell of a segue to "~we must be responsible for our own light~". Overall if you want an uplifting spiritual self-help book mixed in with incredibly emotionally draining childhood pain, this might be up your alley, but that strikes me as a pretty small niche."
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    #9Tragic Treasures: Discovering Spoils of War in the Midst of Tragedy

    Tragic Treasures: Discovering Spoils of War in the Midst of Tragedy

    Tragic Treasures: Discovering Spoils of War in the Midst of Tragedy is written by Dianne Rosena Jones which shows how a woman was able to recover and moved on from suffering depression and having suicidal thoughts. 

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    Roger Morgan
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "there is much better out there"
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    #10The Leroy Tree

    The Leroy Tree

    The Leroy Tree: A Memoir is written by Anna Manning wherein she chronicles her life full of nightmare and abuse after he married her rapist and gave birth to their son. 

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    Amanda Harper
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is the story of a woman who overcame trauma and abuse. Not a book for the faint at heart"
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    #11The Obsidian Mirror: Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse

    The Obsidian Mirror: Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse
    The Obsidian Mirror: Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse is a nonfiction book written by Louise M. Wisechild wherein she shares how she overcome the sexual abuse she experienced. 
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    Lawrence Burke
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Obsidian Mirror: Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse, this is one of the best books about trauma in childhood. It is a fascinating look at a real-life example. "

Summary

Best What are the best books about childhood trauma
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)Books 27 Paid
2The Glass CastleBooks 26 Paid
3LolitaBooks 22 Paid
4The Apple Tree Wish: Made by a Fatherless GirlBooks 22 Paid
5One for the MurphysBooks 20 Paid
6The Night ChildBooks 19 Paid
7A Man Named DaveBooks 18 Paid
8Protected by the Light: A Spiritual MemoirBooks 17 Paid
9Tragic Treasures: Discovering Spoils of War in the Midst of TragedyBooks 16 Paid
10The Leroy TreeBooks 14 Paid
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