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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Road To Anywhere But Here: A Memoir by Carol Newman is the story of a woman who wasn’t dealt the best hand in life, but she made do with what she had and excelled. This is the story of Carol Newman, a woman who fought against the odds, worked hard against oppression and many other difficulties. Carol, who is also the writer of this book, tells her story with passion and emotions that spoke directly to my heart. This is not a sob story; it is a raw and real story of a woman’s struggle, someone who does not feel sorry for herself but feels pride in her achievements.
Carol’s adventures began when she was just 15 years old and she had to commit her mother to a psychiatric hospital. It was for the betterment of her mother, but that does not mean it did not hurt. Her father was no better, but he was there in her life. She was barely an adult when she couldn’t take it anymore and decided to go to San Francisco to try her luck. So she got on her bike and was homeless for a long time until she got a scholarship and bought a guitar to finally start her life.
Her path was laced with prejudice and people who expected a lot from her because she was a woman. But she kept her head held high and put herself first! What can I say about Carol? She is simply amazing in the way she maintained her sense of self-worth and went through life with her actions and decisions based on her beliefs and ideals. She worked hard to prove herself and she more than succeeded. I really enjoyed how open Carol Newman was in her story, and she let her good and bad side show without any hesitation.