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Joy Hunter

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A timely, colorful, and cinematic memoir chronicling one woman's journey to rediscover her own power, resilience, and happiness—things you can't check off a list but must find within yourself.


With a successful speaking career putting her on the road 250 days a year, a slew of prestigious awards for her activism, the hugely successful book I Am That Girl, and a happy marriage, Alexis Jones was living a seemingly charmed life. But talking about the principles of self-care and eschewing perfectionism didn’t seem to translate into her own life; she still never seemed to feel “enough” inside. Then, in a matter of months, things started to fall apart on the outside, too: She discovered that the man she’d always called dad was not her biological father; she had a devastating miscarriage; and the pandemic sidelined her from her travel schedule—and paycheck. A self-described “productivity junkie,” she was forced to slow down for the first time in her life.

     In response, Alexis set out for the open road with her husband and their best friend, renting an RV to explore the rugged American west. The trip was both healing and disruptive: In the presence of Nature’s majesty, she re-learned the art of sitting still and surrendering to the unknowable; along treacherous hiking trails she wrestled with her self-doubt and fear of failure; and through profound conversations with friends old and new, she reconnected to the power of sisterhood and began to reconsider her priorities and ambitions—for herself and her family.

     A soulful memoir of seeking and finding, Joy Hunter traces Alexis’s quest to reclaim her voice. Along the way she discovers that there is always purpose to our pain and that happiness is not something that can simply be checked off a list; joy, she finds, is not a destination, but a way of life.

Published by Penguin/ Random House 

June 2023 

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