Get Rooted: Reclaim Your Soul, Serenity, and Sisterhood Through the Healing Medicine of the Grandmothers

Hachette Go. Jun. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9780306926273. $29. SELF-HELP
This mix of memoir and self-help workbook from yoga teacher, life coach, and author Moreno (Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting) relates her 260-day spiritual journey studying curanderismo, the healing medicine of her Mexican grandmothers. While the story announces itself in a way that readers will surely compare to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, it quickly becomes something different from those titles—it is at once a meditation on family history, a reflection on personal lived/living experiences, and a guidebook for others seeking deeply buried pieces of their stories. Moreno shares the work she did to recover some of the lost aspects of her history that became sustaining for her while also exploring the ways in which familial and cultural stereotypes she internalized limited her (e.g., her mother’s statement that she wasn’t “good with” money).
VERDICT A deeply felt, beautifully written account of intersectionality, personal responsibility, and growth.
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