Book Club

Join us for a discussion on My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.

PA CASA staff invite active CASA volunteers and staff to join our Book Club with selections to enrich your work in the CASA network.

We will be offering three meeting dates to discuss our Fall selection due to this book being split into three parts.

It's easy to join the club!

  1. Sign in to or register an Engage account.
  2. Join the PA CASA Book Club Group on Engage. Join now >
  3. Choose which date you wish to attend, either Option 1 or 2. You can log back into the group on your preferred date to access the Zoom link.
  4. Participate in the online forum discussions prior to the Zoom meeting. Discuss the book >

Part 1: Unarmed and Dismembered

September 7, 6-8 p.m.
September 10, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Part 2: Remembering Ourselves

September 21, 6-8 p.m.
September 24, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Part 3: Mending Our Collective Body

October 5, 6-8 p.m.
October 8, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

About the Upcoming Title

Therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

My Grandmother’s Hands is about our human bodies; about how trauma affects them; about how that trauma is passed down through the generations; and about how resilience and trauma interact. The same bodily forces that make us resilient can also encourage us to harm one another.

“Almost everyone can benefit, because almost all of us have trauma—including race-related trauma—embedded in our bodies. If we are to make the most of our lives, and make the world more bearable for other human beings—then we all need to address that trauma. My book shows us how to begin.

That said, I wrote several chapters specifically for white Americans, several primarily for African Americans and other people of color, and several for law enforcement professionals. While I hope that everyone will read the entire book, these chapters contain a variety of simple, body-centered practices that will help people from each group address their trauma.” - Resmaa Menakem

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP, is a leading voice in today’s conversation on racialized trauma and the creator of Cultural Somatics, which utilizes the body and its natural resilience as mechanisms for growth. As a therapist 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