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The Book of Help

A Memoir in Remedies
Narrated by: Megan Griswold
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
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A hilarious and heartbreaking memoir-in-remedies by a self-described "professional soul-searcher" that details a journey of self-discovery through more than 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. Listeners will open the audiobook with curiosity about all the different healing therapies that Megan tries, but leave with a new understanding of themselves.

©2019 Megan Griswold (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“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, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love)

"Griswold’s debut...provides an exhaustive look at alternative treatments, but wrapped up in that narrative is a personal tale about her own quest to find comfort and healing from the scars of her youth and the tragedy of her divorce....As remedies, the results were decidedly mixed, but vicariously living them through her telling makes for a fascinating book. Soul-searching has never been more comprehensive." (Kirkus)

"When Griswold discovers that her husband has an addiction to phone sex and prostitutes, her mother tells her this is all good material. Given this, readers won’t likely blame the author for seeking her own answers....This [book] will appeal to like-minded seekers." (Booklist)

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Loved this story!

Megan is my new hero! I can relate to everything she says! I listened to the entire book in 3 days, sad that it's over. What a great storyteller and reader.

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Ant the best part, it is hysterically funny!

The Book of Help takes you through: warm flames of love and connection, remarkably startling episodes of empathy and loyalty, cold depths of grief and the stark finality of loss. Her compelling conversational style lends itself well to her complex descriptions of moving through the torrid waters of out-of-control emotion, and brave, tenacious, , and strong visions of hope. And, the best part of it all, it is a hysterically funny!!!! Love, love, love this book. And can't wait for another from Megan Griswold! A must read. A perfect gift.

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Wild ride

Who knew that self-discovery and the search for meaning could be so funny? This book is half philosophical treatise, half adventure novel. It is thoroughly entertaining and leaves me inspired to try new paths in my own growth. The author welcomes you in so fully that you feel you know her by the third page. The audiobook is well-read by the author.

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