One Book, One University 2023-2024 Book Chosen

May 10, 2023

Book Cover "What Happened to You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing" by Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D., and Oprah WinfreyThe PNW One Book One University Committee is excited to announce that it has chosen the following book as the 2023 selection:

“What Happened to You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing”

by Dr. Bruce Perry & Oprah Winfrey

Macmillan Publisher Overview

Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and “What Happened to You?” provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand.

This book is going to change the way you see your life.

Have you ever wondered “Why did I do that?” or “Why can’t I just control my behavior?” Others may judge our reactions and think, “What’s wrong with that person?” When questioning our emotions, it’s easy to place the blame on ourselves; holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It’s time we started asking a different question.

Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry, offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

Here, Winfrey shares stories from her own past, understanding through experience the vulnerability that comes from facing trauma and adversity at a young age. In conversation throughout the book, she and Dr. Perry focus on understanding people, behavior, and ourselves. It’s a subtle but profound shift in our approach to trauma, and it’s one that allows us to understand our pasts in order to clear a path to our future—opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way.

Through this lens we can build a renewed sense of personal self-worth and ultimately recalibrate our responses to circumstances, situations, and relationships. It is, in other words, the key to reshaping our very lives.

Oprah Winfrey

  • All incoming PNW first-year students will receive a copy during 2023 New Student Orientation
  • All PNW faculty members will receive a copy and are encouraged to incorporate the book into their 2023-2024 courses
  • The One Book One University Committee will be working with campus groups and the community to provide:
    • book club facilitation
    • discussion guides
    • course integration ideas and workshops
    • community events
  • Stay tuned for information about an author visit to campus!

See One Book, One University Details

 2023 OBOU Committee

  •  Heather Augustyn
  • Chris Belous
  • Maya Blackwell
  • John Durocher
  • Taryn Eastland
  • Kris Falzone
  • Liberty Pelter
  • Richard Rupp
  • Sarah White
  • Amanda Zelechoski