• Stephanie Foo
Cover of What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma

By age thirty, Stephanie Foo was successful on paper: She had her dream job as an award-winning radio producer at This American Life and a loving boyfriend. But behind her office door, she was having panic attacks and sobbing at her desk every morning. After years of questioning what was wrong with herself, she was diagnosed with complex PTSD--a condition that occurs when trauma happens continuously, over the course of years. Both of Foos parents abandoned her when she was a teenager, after years of physical and verbal abuse and neglect. She thought shed moved on, but her new diagnosis illuminated the way her past continued to threaten her health, relationships, and career. She found limited resources to help her, so Foo set out to heal herself, and to map her experiences onto the scarce literature about C-PTSD. In this deeply personal and thoroughly researched account, Foo interviews scientists and psychologists and tries a variety of innovative therapies. She returns to her hometown of San Jose, California, to investigate the effects of immigrant trauma on the community, and she uncovers family secrets in the country of her birth, Malaysia, to learn how trauma can be inherited through generations. Ultimately, she discovers that you dont move on from trauma--but you can learn to move with it.--Provided by publisher.


Foo, Stephanie. What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma. New York: Ballantine Books, 2023.