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Publisher's Summary

The true story of two women who found meaning, strength, and friendship in one of the most punishing and magnificent landscapes on Earth.

Amy Butcher was an accomplished college professor, mentor, and writer, but in her own home, she was embarrassed and emotionally burdened by an increasingly abusive relationship. Exhausted and terrified of the ways her partner’s behavior could escalate, Amy reached out to Instagram celebrity Joy “Mothertrucker” Wiebe. Joy was a 50-year-old wife and mother and the nation’s only female ice road trucker, a woman who maneuvered big rigs through the Alaskan wilderness along the deadliest road in America. Joy was everything Amy wanted to be: independent, fearless, and in charge of her life in a landscape dominated by men. Invited by Joy to ride shotgun, Amy found her escape on a road that was treacherous, beautiful, and exhilarating - an adventurous ride through the Alaskan wilderness that was profoundly life changing.

Mothertrucker is the story of that bracing 400-mile journey navigating snow-glazed overpasses, ice-blue curves, and near plummets. It’s also the stories that led them both to Alaska - an interrogation of the reality of female fear, domestic violence, and how to overcome - and an exploration into just how galvanizing friendships between women can be.

©2021 Amy Butcher. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. “Dogwood” lyrics used with permission from Jenny Lewis.

Critic Reviews

“A sobering reflection on verbal and psychological abuse, Butcher’s book honors the healing power of female friendship and questions the nature of divinity beyond its constricting patriarchal manifestations. A searching and deeply empathetic memoir.”Kirkus Reviews

“In this tender and gripping tale, essayist Butcher (Visiting Hours) recounts her unlikely adventure through Alaska with the country’s only female ice trucker, the late Joy “Mothertrucker” Wiebe…Along the way, Butcher explores myriad issues with nuance and grace, including Indigenous rights, violence against women, religious hypocrisy, and environmental concerns. It’s a trip readers won’t soon forget.”Publishers Weekly 

“[Butcher] brings the details to vivid life as she describes both the brutally beautiful landscape and the many people she and Joy met on their brief journey together. A moving account of the impact of connection between women.”Booklist 

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Not accurate

I’m one of the female haul road drivers that drove with Joy, she is and always will be a great part of my life.

So yes, more woman drive semi trucks and run this road. She was the only female that drove for Colville at that time.

Roller coaster is south of Coldfoot, so when you left Coldfoot heading north you would not have went down the coaster.

Joy was heading north loaded when she hit horrible pot holes in low visibility fog; that caused her to crash in the south bound side going north bound.

She wasn’t going to a pump station, she was heading to unload at Colville fuel storage facility in Deadhorse.

Joy’s loaded truck and trailer didn’t weigh 9000 lbs, it’s almost double that.

I have no idea who did your research, but you should have reached out to other drivers to proof read your book before publishing.

Much more inaccurate information in your book, these are just some.

Also, you mispronounced many names of rivers, towns etc.

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Don't waste your time

7.5 hours on how the husband and boyfriend was abusive
8 hours on the term god this and God that.

I get it.

maybe a 40 mins of trucking life maybe.

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Realistic story

Well written true story. Gave insight into a woman truck driver in Alaska. Nice story about a friendship that developed with the writer and subject too.

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Honest and raw

This couldn’t have been an easy book to write but Amy Butcher did it with incredible honesty and humility. Thank you for introducing us to the inspirational woman who was Joy.

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Struggled to finish. narrators voice was monotone. Didn't get the storyline. Just was not good.

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The book description sounded like it was going to be about a woman known as Mothertrucker. It was actually about how the author bonded with her subject because they each were involved in an abusive relationship. It was mainly about the authors abusive relationships and how religion impacted her relationship. Had I known that up front maybe I wouldn’t have been so disappointed.

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Incredible story

A narrative about female friendship and strength. It drew beautiful imagery of the Alaskan wilderness. I was swept away by the author's narration! Thank you, Amy, for sharing this story.

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Drifted too far away from subject

I found myself agreeing with other reviewers. I wanted to hear about Joy and her life (she is the person in the title, after all), even if that meant a shorter book. It started out like that and I was enjoying it…then it became about the author and her life, her experience, her boyfriend. And did Joy talk so much about God? The book even got into politics. I am enjoying reading about Joy on various websites now.

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amazingly beautiful, captivating

loved it. can't recommend enough! beautifully written, incredible story. would read again and recommend to anyone!

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Love the title I felt Joy though this story

Its an engaging history of what every woman wants to he and what every man needs to hear. Feeling emotion listening during the actual journey(rollercoaster) as well as the very ending what an awesome story Spice girl, well told