Oprah Winfrey & Bruce Perry | What Happened to You?

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We are delighted to be one of the bookstores supporting a virtual event with Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Perry M.D., Ph.D. as they discuss their new book What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. They will appear in conversation with Oprah Daily Senior Director Arianna Davis. 

This is a ticketed event; each ticket includes access to the virtual event and a copy of What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing.

This event will be ticketed through Eventbrite and you can purchase tickets here. We will let you know when your books are available for in-store pickup and all other books will be shipped after the event. After you’ve purchased the book, the publisher will automatically register you for the Zoom event – and will send you a confirmation email prior to the event containing a Zoom link to the event and instructions on how to access it.


Monday, May 3, 2021, 6:00pm Central time

Blue Willow Bookshop expects all participants to maintain an atmosphere of respect and fairness. Any comments or questions that violate this standard of behavior including any form of harassment, may, at the discretion of the organizers, be immediately removed.

About the Book:

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.

“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

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.


  • $32 + Eventbrite fee for IN STORE PICK UP at our shop in Houston, Texas.
  • $37 + Eventbrite fee for US Media Mail shipping (could take 10-15 days to arrive from date of shipping)
  • $42 + Eventbrite fee for US Priority Mail shipping (could take 3-5 days to arrive from date of shipping)

If you choose in-store pick up, please pick up your unclaimed book(s) within a month of the event date. After that date, your book will be donated to a Houston-based literacy organization.

Still have questions? Email Cathy@bluewillowbookshop.com.

This event is presented by Blue Willow Bookshop, Powell's Books and Flatiron Books.

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Event date: 
Monday, May 3, 2021 - 6:00pm
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