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)
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.
My Review: (LAWonder10)
Held Together is a Truly incredible story of Jenny Q. and her baffling, excruciating plight after what was a minor surgery.
It is also am awe inspiring book of community support, as well as the support of friends and family.
it is incredible to realize how one individual affected so many lives.
This story is also a testament to how two conflicting groups can unite in one purpose.
There are a couple of statements in her story that I feel especially resolutely about:
#1.) "I believe the power of love is a healing force.I believe that love is an action.You need to show up and take action."
The second was about two thirds through the book when it refers to the will to live can be stronger than the medical world's belief in the impossibility for recovery.
The Book Title and Image was done very cleverly. There was also some interesting photographs.
I found it difficult, at first, to get into the story.
Although I am impressed by the accounts of family and friends, along with Jenny's, I found it slightly disconcerting in trying to adequately follow her tale. I also did not applaud the lack of punctuation throughout the book.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This was a book gifted me, with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
About 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
Here is the tour schedule.
Prizes: Win a copy of Held Together by Jenny Q (5 print copies and 15 ebook copies) open to USA & CAN / 20 winners total
(ends Oct 6, 2018)