Welcome to our November #AerieREAL Reads book club series, where we’ve asked Role Model Tiff McFierce about her current literary recommendation. Her selection, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, is a #1 New York Times bestseller written by Bessel Van Der Kolk about healing from trauma.  

As a DJ and wellness advocate herself, Tiff finds inspiration in how the book encourages individuals to connect with themselves and others around them. Learn more about why she picked this book below in our Q&A, then jump into the discussion questions and share your thoughts with the Aerie fam. 

Why did you choose this book: I chose this book because it gives an in-depth look at the brain and body connection with making it easy and relatable to understand!   

What stuck with you from this book: What stuck with me from this book was a lot of the examples and stories of other people’s experiences with trauma and how to build skills to heal and connect more with the body.   

What do you hope readers take away from it: I hope readers take away from this more compassion for self and other humans around us, as well as any of the tools that can be used past just trauma and in everyday life to connect more to your wellness.   

As you’re reading The Body Keeps the Score or if you already finished it, we want to know what you think! Were your takeaways similar to Tiff’s, or was your interpretation of the book different? 

  1. What was your biggest learning about the brain and body connection? 
  1. What skills did you pick up around healing from trauma? 
  1. What stuck with you after you finished? 

Now it’s your turn! Comment below and share your thoughts. 


  1. Dee

    I've read The Body Keeps the Score, and it's a fascinating book. Being in healthcare myself (nursing), I see firsthand how the typical 'healing' focus is on seeing and diagnosing the immediate, visible problem. Almost like working to try to fix it in an isolated view or on a more surface level. This book uses detailed explanations to highlight the important and often overlooked connection between body and mind. It also touches on how multifaceted healing trauma truly is, not just in the physical sense but also in the mental and emotional sense. I hope that as we continue to learn more about how our minds and bodies process experiences and trauma, our approach to treatments and therapies in medicine can evolve to include this too!

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