This winter, I am continuing research for my book about traumatic brain injury. A few weeks ago, I finished “Signature Wounds: The Untold Story of the Military’s Mental Health Crisis” by David Kieran. I’m currently reading “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain injuries – 101 Stories of Hope, Healing and Hard Work” by Amy Newmark and Carolyn Roy-Bornstein. The Chicken Soup book is less focused on the military; but provides general perspective. I am also reading a few books that have nothing to do with traumatic brain injury. One is titled “In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century”, edited by Senator Robert Torricelli and Andrew Carroll. It includes quality, but lesser-known speeches, sermons, courtroom pleas, public tributes, radio broadcasts, etc.
I believe that in order to write and speak well, it is important to read high quality writing by well-spoken people. Not everyone with a traumatic brain injury will feel great about this, want to do it, or be capable of it (since some survivors face vision challenges). However, I feel it is an essential part of being a well-spoken individual. If you don’t love reading, that’s OK. It’s still possible to find some quality speeches on YouTube or audiobooks. I also think it’s important to read about or listen to topics you are interested in. If you are not interested, you will feel bored and there may not be any point to it.
I am interested in getting some perspective on what you as a military service member find most helpful; so I have included a short poll below. Learning more about what media you feel is best will help me make my book more accessible to you.