Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Held Together: A True Story of Love's Victory - Book Review

My Review:

I'm not sure if it was the writing style or the several people giving their point of view, but I couldn't get into this book.  With that said, I did appreciate the overall story that tells of Jenny Q and how so many people rallied behind her when she was ill.  It also points to other areas of Jenny Q's life and accounts of it.  Included are a few pages of black and white pictures showing Jenny Q's life currently and at an early age.  Jenny Q has been through a lot and her story is shared through poetics and songs.  

If you can get through the prose and look at the overall narrative, I think you'll see that Jenny Q's story is one that should be told.  She, and her friends and community, are ones to be admired.

Book Details:

Book Title: Held Together: A True Story of Love's Victory by Jenny Q
Category: Adult Non-Fiction; 456 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: BookBaby
Release date: June 1, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 10 to 28, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Graphic medical procedures, some bad language)

Book Description:

In January of 2014, Joshua Tree’s beloved village herbalist, Jenny Q. suddenly became seriously ill and rapidly descended into a coma with slender chance of survival. The shock of this news initiated an overwhelming outpouring of love, wit, service, practical magic and sharing of spiritual wisdom between those in her intimate desert community. Indeed it seemed that the entire group became one in their desperate effort and race against the clock to save her life.

While the words of others in the community tell the story in this book, it is Jenny’s own insightful writings that provide a fascinating window into a range of rare experiences. She gives us a unique glimpse into the mysterious worlds encountered while in a coma, the absolute alteration of losing one’s legs, the subtle venom of PTSD, the nightmare of withdrawal from prescription opiates, and the maddening frustration of having to re-learn basic skills previously taken for granted such as the ability to walk.

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Meet the Author:

Jenny Q was born in Southern California to Palestinian immigrants. Her love of herbs began in her teens while on the road following the Grateful Dead. After exploring many heart homes, she set her roots in Joshua Tree, California, where she opened Grateful Desert, the local apothecary. Joyously sharing her life with her tight-knit desert community, Jenny lives with her beloveds~ Yazzy, her daughter and Myshkin, her wife.

Connect with Jenny: Website

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reneejr said...

The cover and the synopsis are very intriguing, a mixture of wonder and strength!

Shakeia Rieux said...

This looks like a good book to read, and it has a nice cover.

desitheblonde said...

i like teh cover of the book and the info