While Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado’s family memoir, Circles, is set primarily in the Netherlands, she has written two books about cultural adaptation to life in Mexico, and a novel that showcases Yucatan and Mexico City.
Joanna grew up in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. As a child she loved listening to her grandfather’s tales about his Dutch boyhood and his geological explorations to faraway lands. At an early age, she made up her mind to travel as much as she could.
Teaching English in Peru, she learned about South America. She also toured Europe and saw still more of the world while working for a Canadian airline. In 1976, Joanna van der Gracht was in Mexico when she fell in love with, and married, Jorge Rosado. They raised their children there and founded Tecnología Turistica Total, a college for local and international young people.
Her writing career began in 1980 as a correspondent for The Mexico City News. She is the author of Magic Made in Mexico and Tomando Agua de Pozo, both best-selling memoir/how-to books about successful cultural adaptation for new residents in Mexico. Her novel, The Woman Who Wanted the Moon, follows its protagonist from Mexico City to Merida over several decades.