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The Quaking of America

The Quaking of America

An Embodied Guide to Navigating Our Nation's Upheaval and Racial Reckoning

Resmaa Menakem
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The New York Times bestselling author of My Grandmother's Hands surveys the deteriorating political climate and presents an urgent call for action to save ourselves and our country. 

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

Through the coordinated repetition of lies, anti-democratic elements in American society are inciting mass radicalization, violent insurrection, and voter suppression, with a goal of toppling American democracy.

Currently, most pro-democracy American bodies are utterly unprepared for this uprising. This book can help prepare us--and, if possible, prevent more destructiveness.

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

  • Build presence and discernment
  • Settle our bodies during the heat of conflict
  • Maintain our safety, sanity, and stability under dangerous circumstances
  • 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, perfectly timed, body-centered guide to each of these processes.


    Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP, is a New York Times bestselling author and visionary Justice Leadership coach, organizational strategist, and master trainer. Resmaa 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 consultancy 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.


    • Publisher: Central Recovery Press (June 21, 2022)
    • Language: English
    • Hardcover: 250 pages
    • ISBN-10: 1949481662
    • ISBN-13: 9781949481662
    • Item Weight: 1.74 pounds
    • Alt: Resma Menakem, The Quaking of America: An Embodied Guide to Navigating Our Nations Upheaval and Racial Reckoning
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