Book Review: My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem


Title: My Grandmother's Hands

By: Resmaa Menakem

Genre: Nonfiction

Pages: 300

Release Date: September 12th, 2017

Publisher: Central Recovery Press

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society.

In this groundbreaking work, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of body-centered psychology. He argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police.

My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.

This book paves the way for a new, body-centered understanding of white supremacy—how it is literally in our blood and our nervous system. It offers a step-by-step solution—a healing process—in addition to incisive social commentary.


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This was a very interesting read. Not only does this book talk about racial trauma, but generational trauma as well.

With everything going on right now in our country and in the world, this book need to be read buy everyone out there. I think there are a few people in my life that could benefit from this read, but that will never happen. Either way, I'm super glad I read this book and gained the insight into some of the fuel behind racism.

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