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The Quaking of America


This item will be released April 12, 2022.

The New York Times bestselling author of My Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa Menakem, surveys America’s deteriorating democracy and offers embodied practices to help us.


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The New York Times bestselling author of My Grandmother’s Hands surveys America’s deteriorating democracy and offers embodied practices to help us.


Through the coordinated repetition of lies, anti-democratic elements in American society are working to incite mass radicalization, widespread chaos, and a collective trauma response in tens of millions of American bodies.

Currently, most of us are utterly unprepared for this potential mayhem. This book can help prepare us—and, if possible, prevent further destruction.

In The Quaking of America, therapist and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem takes readers through somatic processes addressing the growing threat of white-supremacist political violence.

This preparation focuses not on strategy or politics, but on mental and emotional practices that can help us

  • Build presence and discernment in our bodies
  • Settle our bodies during the heat of conflict
  • Maintain our safety, sanity, and stability in dangerous situations
  • Heal our personal and collective racialized trauma
  • Practice body-centered social action
  • Turn toward instead of on one another

The Quaking of America is a unique and perfectly timed guide to help us navigate our widespread upheaval and build an antiracist culture.

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP, is a leading voice in today’s conversation on racialized trauma. He created Cultural Somatics, which utilizes the body and resilience as mechanisms for growth. As a therapist, trauma specialist, and the founder of Justice Leadership Solutions, a leadership consulting firm, Resmaa dedicates his expertise to coaching leaders through civil unrest, organizational change, and community building. He is the author of the national bestseller My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.



“This is a book that will wake you up, excite, and terrify you. But Resmaa won’t leave you there; all along the way he gives you the practices to do the work of healing into action. And he delivers all of this in riveting prose. Resmaa Menakem is a visionary, and his work is absolutely essential for antiracist practice. We need this book in as many hands as possible.”—Robin DiAngelo, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility and Nice Racism

“The Quaking of America is more than an insightful book about the challenged state of American multiracial democracy. It is a user’s guide, an instruction manual on how to transform your body, yourself, and this country into their highest and noblest aspirations.”—Keith Ellison, Attorney General of Minnesota

“Filled with somatic trauma healing practices intended to build bodily resilience so your actions can live up to your antiracist intentions, this book could save your life, help you save other lives, or even prepare you to prevent a civil war or survive one.”—Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine and Sacred Medicine

“Resmaa teaches us a new understanding and vantage point of our physical and personal relationship with people different from ourselves. He brings revolutionary insights to the value of connecting with depths of information our bodies hold onto acquired through life’s experiences. He leads us to crucial and deeper connections with our inner truths and provides us with a pathway to building more meaningful relationships and empathy for all people.—Pete Carroll, Head Coach and Executive Vice President of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks

The Quaking of America is a profoundly needed bridge over today’s troubled waters. Resmaa teaches us how to be present and embodied, even in conflict. This book should be in all our hands. For all our sakes, please read this book and share it with a friend.”—Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma, and In an Unspoken Voice


Also available: My Grandmother’s Hands
ISBN: 978-1-942094-47-0

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