What are the best memoirs about living with PTSD?

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    #1Prisoner of Tehran

    Prisoner of Tehran

    Prisoner of Tehran is a memoir written by Marina Nemat, first published in 2007. It tells the story of the author's experiences as a child in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, where she was incarcerated in the infamous Evin prison.

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    Johnny Gordon
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book was very interesting. "
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    #2Stolen Innocence

    Stolen Innocence

    Stolen Innocence is an autobiography written by Elissa Wall with the help of Liza Pulitzer, first published in 2008 by William Morrow. It tells the story of the author's experiences as a member of Warren Jeff's church.

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    Sean Fox
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The story is just too exaggerated. I kept feeling skeptical of the events taking place as I was reading it and if you look up the information you'll find out that is kind of the case. I didn't really like the writing all that much. It took me too long to finish this book because it starts turning into a "poor me" book. It's interesting, I'll give it that, but I'd pass. "
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    #3Scarred

    Scarred
    Scarred is an autobiography written by Sophie Andrews, first published in 2008. It tells the story of her childhood under the monster that is her adopted father. 


    Growing up, Sophie carried a terrible secret. She was her father's slave, in the most horrific ways imaginable. At just a few months old she was adopted by a couple that seemed comfortably off and perfectly respectable to the outside world. But behind closed doors, Sophie's childhood was a living hell. Her father spent the next decade grooming her for abuse and when Sophie's mother left for good, that very night, he told Sophie that from now on she would sleep in his bed. Unable to cope, Sophie spiraled into suicidal misery. She began to self-harm to try and escape the agony. But one day she went too far and at 16, ended up in a psychiatric unit. It was here that she finally confronted the horrors of home and began the painful journey of rebuilding her life. A phenomenally courageous woman, Sophie now works for the Samaritans and helps other young people in need. Harrowing yet compelling, this is a searing and truly inspirational account of overcoming the worst abuse and self-harm.

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    Susan Banks
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book was a bit difficult to read; the subject matter is very intense. While I think it was an important topic, I don't think I could read it again. That said, the story is told in a compelling way and the writing is very beautiful and illuminating."
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    #4The Lost Boy (Dave Pelzer)

    The Lost Boy (Dave Pelzer)

    The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family is an autobiography written by Dave Pelzer. First published in 1997, it is the sequel to his 1995 autobiography, A  Child Called It.

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    José Romo
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Although a very heartbreaking and beautifully told story, it does not address living with PTSD. The book does however present many PTSD causing incidents. If you're looking for a book regarding PTSD, then I'd skip this."
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    #5Trafficked

    Trafficked

    Trafficked is a non-fiction book written by Sophie Hayes wherein she shares how she was tricked by Bledi to travel to Italy where he forced her to sell her body to help him pay off a debt. 

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    Jordan Herrera
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Very heartbreaking and scary account of being taken and put into prostitution. I am thankful for Sophie Hayes telling her story and educating others."
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    #6Just Another Number

    Just Another Number

    Just Another Number is a memoir by Maggie Young which was constructed by the first 23 men she had sex with detailing how American society curbs women to validate themselves by men.

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    Tiffany Dixon
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I'm not really sure how well this works with my request but it looks very interesting. I like the synopsis. Reviews are good. and there's a few formats. "
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    #7The Onion Field

    The Onion Field

    The Onion Field is a non-fiction true crime book written by Joseph Wambaugh, first published in 1973. Set in the early 60s, it tells the story of two cops who were kidnapped and taken to an onion field by a couple of robbers.

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    John Carter
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This incident happened pretty close to where I live, so I was interested in learning more about it. Really interesting and creepy story, enjoyable read."
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    #8Desert Flower

    Desert Flower

    Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad is an autobiography written by Somali model Waris Dirie. It tells the story of her escape from oppression and Africa and her travels on foot across the Somali desert.

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    Amit Pawar
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Desert Flower is a very intense read. Any description I give of it honestly won't do it any justice. It's an amazing read though and I'd highly recommend it to anyone into memoirs. "
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    #9The 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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    Kathryn Munoz
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Obsidian Mirror is a worthwhile read, probably most beneficial to those who have suffered childhood trauma or those with a loved one who had trauma in their childhood. This book helps clarify common reactions and lasting effects for those suffering from PTSD. A moving memoir, often hard to read, but highly recommended."
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    #10Expecting Sunshine

    Expecting Sunshine

    Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing, and Pregnancy After Loss is a memoir written by Alexis Marie Chute wherein she shares her anticipation and anxiety of expecting a baby as she grieves for her unborn child. 

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    #11Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir

    Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir
    Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir is an award-winning autobiography by Michael Anthony, first published in 2016 by Pulp. It tells the story of the author's experiences after coming back home from military service in Iraq.
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    Robert Payne
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir is a very real story. The trauma experienced and the toll taken on the author is difficult to read, but important. The sacrifices made by our troops is tough to read about, but must be recognized. I enjoyed the raw account and appreciated this book greatly."

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Best What are the best memoirs about living with PTSD
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Prisoner of TehranBooks 23 Paid
2Stolen InnocenceBooks 21 Paid
3ScarredBooks 20 Paid
4The Lost Boy (Dave Pelzer)Books 19 Paid
5TraffickedBooks 18 Paid
6Just Another NumberBooks 17 Paid
7The Onion FieldBooks 15 Paid
8Desert FlowerBooks 14 Paid
9The Obsidian Mirror: Healing from Childhood Sexual AbuseBooks 14 Paid
10Expecting SunshineBooks 12 Paid
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