Sunday, February 24 at 5pm
speaking & signing
The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies
In conversation with Rachel Starnes
ABOUT THE BOOK OF HELP
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.
ABOUT MEGAN GRISWOLD
With degrees from Barnard, Yale, and the Institute of Taoist education and acupuncture, Megan Griswold has trained and received certifications as a doula, shiatsu practitioner, yoga instructor, personal trainer, and in wilderness medicine, among others. She has worked as a mountain instructor, a Classical Five Element acupuncturist, a freelance reporter, an NPR All Things Considered commentator, a spokesperson for egg freezing, an off-the grid interior designer, and the creator of the backcountry-meets-high-style online store Little Moving Spaces. She resides (mostly) in a yurt in Kelly, Wyoming.
ABOUT RACHEL STARNES
Rachel Starnes received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from California State University, Fresno. Her essays have appeared in O Magazine, The Colorado Review, and Front Porch Journal, and she has appeared as a guest on NPR’s "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross. She has lived in Scotland, Texas, Saudi Arabia, Florida, California, and Nevada, and is currently living gin Georgetown, Texas with her two sons and working on a novel and a second memoir.
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