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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.

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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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Book is not what the title u is s supposed to be about

As a believer I was happy to read about a woman called ‘MotherTrucker’ who loved The Lord and her experiences driving across Alaska with the author. I was intrigued about Joy willing to have Amy Butcher, the author, drive with her and learn about Joy, according to the editor & their reviews.

After Chapter 3 it had nothing to do with Joy & all Amy wrote about was her abusive life with men & her husband.

First I was a body that my ex husband abused & loved to hit time & time again. BUT this was all about Amy & about 1/4 about Joy. I’m not even going to get into the details that truly let me angry, except it wasn’t using God in her relationships or how He intervened. What real upset me was her using a title about a wonderful single mother who drove a rig across Alaska over ice, as in ice road truckers, because her editors threw her into it & we got a book full of statistics.

As an abused woman if I’m going to write about my being abused I’ll name it after my abused years.

Not only that, the book was completely & horribly proofread! If you are speaking about Joy then use the next Chapter about yourself, NOT in the same Chapter! It made no sense.

As I said I’m a Believer but this book was all over the place even using God didn’t help this book.

Lastly note to author: next time if you write about the abuse you received as I did, don’t talk about statistics..if I want to read those I’ll read about it in a news article. You took advantage of a horrible thing that happens to too many women & then used a terrific woman as a title of which you barely mentioned..using people to make a dollar turned me completely off!!!

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Intense

I would recommend this book to women who are considering whether or not they feel safe in their relationship. Amy &Joy both have complicated relationships and bond over supporting each other through difficulty. Very well written, quite a lovely story About women’s friendships, and the complicated relationships men have with women they love and vice versa.

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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.