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Joy Road is a memoir by Julie Evans, a change-of-life baby who was born in 1956 and spent much of her Midwestern childhood nurturing her alcoholic mother and chronically ill father. Both parents died while she was still a teen. She takes readers on a tumultuous ride through the 1970s as she struggles to find herself, developing addictions to sex, drugs, alcohol and nicotin ...more
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Published August 1st 2019 by Woodstock Arts
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Kelly Long
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book takes the reader on quite a ride. A memoir about growing up, finding oneself, and getting life on the right track.
Jason Hillenburg
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julie Evans’ memoir about chemical dependency, "Joy Road: My Journey from Addiction to Recovery", is the latest entry in a still growing tradition of non-fiction literature dealing with an individual’s struggles under the yoke of addiction and how they found their way out. She brings us into the specific details of her upbringing without flinching; her willingness to make herself vulnerable for her readers is one of the book’s hallmark elements, but far from its only one. She doesn’t waste much ...more
Andrea Pellet ireland
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Julie Evan’s memoir, Joy Road. A change of life baby who found herself alone after losing her parents at a young age, Julie takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that is at times terrifying, at other times heartbreaking, and still other times made me want to cheer her on. Her story left me wanting to know more about her fascinating life. Lucky for me, I was given the chance to meet this wonderful woman at my book club meeting, where she not only answered all of o ...more
Jeanne-Marie
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was a thrill to read this memoir and an honor to welcome Julie Evans as a guest to my book club. She is open and unstinting, as she recounts the events of her teens and twenties. Joy Road depicts Julie’s brazen pursuit of striking lovers, new friends, erratic schemes and risky substances. Although this girl was reeling from multiple tragedies, I found myself wanting/waiting for Julie to assert remorse and shame for making reckless decisions that could have led to her complete demise. In our b ...more
Valerie Fazio
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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I tried to like this book. I won it in a Goodreads giveaway, read the reviews and was rather excited to divulge. To me, this book seemed like a myriad of jobs, drugs and alcohol. There did not seem to be any rhyme or reason for the plot, or honestly, the book in general.

I question whether Julie Evans even knew what she was talking about, when you mess up a large majority of the book with spelling errors, grammatical mistakes and incomplete thoughts, I question whether she's even qualified to be
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Athena Mae Rupas
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joy Road is an absolutely amazing memoir by Julie Evans. It's a beautiful story of how Julie took care of her ailing parents and then to have to deal with her own struggles with various substances. This story takes us along her journey and her road to recovery. Through her journey, you can see how she comes to find herself and get her life back in order. I think this is a great book for anyone who has struggled or knows someone who's struggled with addiction.

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Patti Peterson
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Joy Road, by Julie Evans, is an incredible memoir written with personal clarity, stunning detail, courage, and wit.

She embraces the full force of human instinct and emotion, skillfully turns a phrase, and brings us on an experiential journey that is tender and bold, physical and spiritual, heartbreaking and tragic, yet full of hope and joy.

I loved the book and taking the journey with her.
Michelle
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a DNF for me. I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I tried to read it, but there was absolutely nothing that caught my attention. I then tried to skim the paragraphs until I got to a place of interest, but it didn't happen. I'm sure it's a fabulous graceful marvelous story, it just didn't do it for me. ...more
Cristie Underwood
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The artist didn't hold back when going into the heartbreak and mistakes in her life. Her writing is raw and honest about her addiction and what led to her recovery. This is an inspirational story that will provide hope for anyone that is or has struggled with addiction. ...more
Alicia Unterreiner
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joy Road is a memoir by Julie Evans. This is a touching story of how Julie goes from taking care of her ailing parents to dealing with her own struggles with various chemical addictions.
Joy Road is the story of her personal road to recovery.
Thank you Woodstock Arts and NetGalley for the ARC.
Janilyn Kocher
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I did not care for this book. I just could not get into it. The author drifted from job to Job, place to place with no sense of purpose nor direction. Soon her life become mired in drugs and alcohol. This book was a huge miss for me. Thanks to NetGalley for the early read.
Csimplot Simplot
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
Valerie Bradley
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I would give this 3-1/2 stars. I enjoyed the book, what a life Julie has led and great to see how she overcame it.
Julie Busa
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A difficult read for me, but I have great admiration for the author in turning her life around. I loved the chapters about her and the animals she helped. I would have liked more of that.
Esther  Smith
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Very insightful
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Joy Road by author Julie Evans is such a harsh, beautiful story! It’s heartbreaking and sad but hopeful at times as well as perfectly written! Such a touching autobiography and one I hope to keep on my shelves besides others of this genre. Great work!
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Absolutely recommend this one!
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In my memoir Joy Road you’ll meet me on the day I was born in Rochester, Minnesota and follow me as I find myself. Growing up in an alcoholic family I’ve always been on a quest to find a way to live in this world and make some kind of difference in the lives of those around me. My mom and dad died when I was a teenager and I was left to figure things out on my own. I got swallowed up in the world ...more

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