Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes Megan Griswold for a reading and signing of The Book of Help—a hilarious and heartbreaking memoir-in-remedies by a self-described “professional soul-searcher” that details a journey of self-discovery through over 160 tonics, seminars, regimens, and transformative therapies.
From an early age, Megan Griswold was set on a path of looking outside herself to learn about herself. At birth her parents found a Christian Science practitioner for her, at age seven she asked Santa for a mantra, and at 12 she started taking workshops on personal growth. Her over-the-top existential curiosity eventually led her to outdoor leadership training in Patagonia where she met her husband. Their marriage was not without challenges, and after he was arrested, Megan’s world was shattered. Rather than let herself shatter, she embarked on a journey of self-discovery with renewed vigor.
The Book of Help is the story of the 15,000 hours and 160 different remedies, therapies, and modalities that Megan went through, poking and prodding herself to feel better and be better. She explores a past life family tree, gets trained in Five Element Acupuncture, becomes a doula, takes Ayahuasca, does a water fast, and sees psychics and a bevy of therapists. With a voice that is at once intimate and hilarious, Megan captures the openness and honesty necessary for people to take a new path in life. Readers will open the book with curiosity about all the different healing therapies that Megan tries, but leave with a new understanding of themselves.
“In a world full of spiritual seekers, Megan Griswold is an undisputed All-Star. She has spent her life examining her existence in patient, courageous, and microscopic detail, and now she has written about her search with tender and comic honesty. What a delightful journey!”
–Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love
“Megan Griswold’s fantastic memoir is part-medicine for our time, part-balm for our collective wounds, part-instruction manual. Unexpectedly hilarious, self-deprecating, moving, and a story for all women in this time, I couldn’t put it down. I read it aloud to my fiancé, to our daughter, to my friends. It’s the book that makes you jog the elbow of the person sitting next to you and say, ‘You’ve GOT to read this.’ You’ve got to read this. Megan is in touch with where the rest of us may have limped off course.”
–Alexandra Fuller, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Before the Rains Come
Megan Griswold has worked has a mountain instructor, a freelance reporter, an NPR All Things Considered commentator, and an acupuncturist. She is a trained doula, Zero Balancer, Wilderness first responder, shiatsu practitioner, and yoga teacher. She is a life coach, off-the grid interior designer, and creator of the backcountry-meets-high-style online store Little Moving Spaces. She resides in a yurt in Kelly, Wyoming.
This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by February 18th.