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The NASW-NYC CARES Virtual Book Club

The NASW-NYC CARES Virtual Book Club is designed to bring members together and foster an open and collaborative space where members can engage in meaningful discussions about social justice issues as well as practice and policy issues that affect the profession.  The NASW-NYC CARES Virtual Book Club is also a venture to support local, independently owned bookstores in NYC.

NASW Members, please click HERE for your Member-Exclusive access, which includes:

  • Access to a listing of supplemental materials and opportunities for the monthly book selection
  • Exclusive member discounts on that month’s book selection from the featured NYC bookstore of the month
  • Chances to win prizes and giveaways exclusive to members! 

NASW-NYC CARES Virtual Book Club Discussions NOW open to non-members as well!

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October 2020 Featured NYC Bookstore of the Month



From the website: 


Books are Magic is Cobble Hill's Independent Bookstore 


Books Are Magic was born in May 2017 and is home to exciting new releases and beloved classics, hidey-holes for children and books to read in them, gumballs filled with poetry, readings and panels almost every night of the week and storytimes on the weekends, and yes, plenty of magic. 


NASW-NYC urges you all to visit and support Books are Magic by purchasing the book selection through them.


October 2020 Book Selection of the Month



Title: My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies 

Author: Resmma Menakem, MSW, LICSW

ISBN-13: 978-1942094470

In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

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. Menakem 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 only about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.

  • Paves the way for a new, body-centered understanding of white supremacy—how it is literally in our blood and our nervous system.
  • Offers a step-by-step healing process based on the latest neuroscience and somatic healing methods, in addition to incisive social commentary.


About the Author: 

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, is a therapist with decades of experience currently in private practice in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy, and violence prevention. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence. Menakem has studied with bestselling authors Dr. David Schnarch (Passionate Marriage) and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score). He also trained at Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.



Please note that the resources and recommendations provided for the purposes of this group are just that and in no way reflect the views or opinions of the NASW-NYC Chapter.

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