Recommended Reading and Movies

These are books and films recommended by individual members of the brain injury community. It is not a complete list of all the books and movies about brain injury. The books and films listed are not endorsed by Brain Injury Connections Northwest specifically.

Check with your local library to see if they have free copies of these materials if you are not ready to purchase!


Memoirs and Autobiography by people with brain injury

“I’ll Carry the Fork: Recovering a Life After Brain Injury” by Kara L. Swanson

Available from Rising Star Press.

“I Had Brain Surgery, What’s Your Excuse: An Illustrated Memoir” by Suzy Becker

Available on Suzy Becker’s website.

“In An Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing” by Lee & Bob Woodruff

Available on Lee Woodruff’s website.

This book is available as an audio book.


Informational books about brains, brain injury and treatments’s Brain Injury Bookstore carries all kinds of books about brain injury.

“Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being” by Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD

More information on Deepak Chopra’s website.

“Field Exercises: How veterans are healing themselves through farming and outdoor activities” by Stephanie Westlund

Available at the Field Exercises website.

Why Isn’t My Brain Working – Datis Kharrazian

Heal Your Gut Cookbook – Hilary Boynton

Grain Brain – David Perlmutter

The Complete Leaky Gut Health and Diet Guide – Makoto Trotter

The 21 Day Sugar Detox – Diane Sanfilippo

Eat the Egg Yolks – Liz Wolfe


Other recommended reading not about brain injury

“Simon Says: Living Your Life Purpose …and Not Just Following the Crowd” by Chuck Goetschel

Available on Chuck Goetschel’s website.


Movies about people with brain injury

“Marwencol” by Jeff Malmberg and Mark Hogancamp

Available at

“Aphasia the Movie,” Part of the Carl McIntyre Aphasia Project

Available at


Other films recommended by folks in the community

“First Do No Harm” by Jim Abrahams

Available on and