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Bob Woodruff
Bob WoodruffCorrespondent ABC News
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In “Headstrong - Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury” Silver Jones weaves a story of family, love and determination into what is a beautifully articulated book about the roller-coaster of surviving and learning to live with the legacy of traumatic brain injury. Silver Jones gives voice to so many of the complicated feelings, emotions and experiences that all TBI survivors go through. It took a writer to give us this fierce and honest portrayal of so many whose voices are never heard. This is a book for anyone who needs to be reminded of the power of love, determination and resilience.
Dr. Patricia Romney
Dr. Patricia RomneyCo-editor: “Understanding power: Imperative for human services”
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Headstrong is a book about the trauma resulting from a vicious attack, but it also a triumphant story of resilience. In this memoir, JoAnne 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.
Steven Botkin
Steven BotkinMen’s Resources International
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An unforgettable journey into the experience of violence assault and recovery

Reading 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. She invites us to join her as she re-constructs herself in the world, integrating the brutal reality of violence into a determined commitment to personal empowerment and social justice. Through unflinching honesty 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.
Hingham Journal
Hingham JournalBill Turpie
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JoAnne Silver Jones says that writing about her attack and its randomness has helped her to be able to embrace life again. She has anger and regret, as well as amazement and gratitude.
Deb Brandon
Deb BrandonAuthor of But My Brain Had Other Ideas: A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury
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JoAnne Jones’ memoir, "Headstrong: Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury" is an incredible book. She is a skilled storyteller. She brings her experiences to life with a rawness and brutal honesty that strikes hard. 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 to her daughter's house 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, managing obstacles both from without and within. On the way, 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.
Hilary Jacobs Hendel
Hilary Jacobs HendelAuthor of the award-winning book, It’s Not Always Depression
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Eloquently told, JoAnne Silver 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.
John Boudreaux
John Boudreaux
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In Headstrong, I saw a reflection of the fears, shame and silence that were the unsaid commands in my family. Your book helped me look at piece of my life’s story that has the fear and lack of confidence instilled in me by society. I realize that I’m not alone, and that helps me continue to heal. It feels like a vet understanding another vet.
SparkPoint Studio
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JoAnne Jones’s life was forever altered when she was attacked by a stranger, leaving her with severe traumatic brain injury, PTSD and fractured hands. In this compelling memoir, Jones reveals what it’s like to recover from a traumatic incident and how she rebuilt her life. With commentary on the state of our violent world and the controversial views of close-minded individuals, Headstrong is the story of one woman who was given every reason to give up on life but chose to persevere instead. If your book club enjoys real-life stories, this book is one that will inspire.
Steve Pfarrer
Steve PfarrerArts and entertainment writer - Daily Hampshire Gazette
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In January 2009, Joanne Silver Jones, a professor at Springfield College, came to Washington, D.C. to attend the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama. She never made it there: Jones had just reached an alley next to the D.C. home of her daughter, Rachel, when a mugger slammed her head with a hammer, leaving her senseless on the ground as he ran off with her purse. In “Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury,” Jones, now retired from teaching, recounts the terrible aftermath of her assault, which left her with a fractured skull and hands, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Seizures, tinnitus, difficulty dealing with loud noises — these, too, would became part of her life......
Brit + Co
Brit + CoSan Francisco-based website and lifestyle brand
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JoAnne Jones’s life was forever altered when she was attacked by a stranger, leaving her with severe traumatic brain injury, PTSD and fractured hands. In this compelling memoir, Jones reveals what it’s like to recover from a traumatic incident and how she rebuilt her life. With commentary on the state of our violent world and the controversial views of close-minded individuals, Headstrong is the story of one woman who was given every reason to give up on life but chose to persevere instead. If your book club enjoys real-life stories, this book is one that will inspire.
Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson
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After a terrifying assault left JoAnne Silver Jones with a brain injury, fractured hands and PTSD, she was forced to learn how to live a new life. Her inspiring memoir introduces readers to the recovery process, the challenges she faced along the way and the people who kept her going.
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