Stellar Book Reviews Including a 5-Star Awarded Readers Favorite Review For Author, Marilyn L. Davis & Her New Book “Finding North: A Journey From Addict to Advocate”. . .

Finding North
Written by Author Marilyn Davis

Finding North:
A Journey from Addict to Advocate
by Marilyn L. Davis
Non-Fiction – Memoir
256 Pages

Reviewed on 04/10/2021 ~ Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

Finding North: A Journey from Addict to Advocate by Marilyn L Davis takes readers on a journey of the author’s life. Marilyn speaks about addiction and how easy it was to experiment with her mom’s pills at a young age to escape from reality where she was unhappy because of a strained home and miserable school life. Her success story will inspire many readers who lead dangerous lifestyles because of their addictions and encourage them to emerge from addiction. She also speaks about the setbacks and struggles of addiction and the lifelong lessons they taught her. The author’s story and her vision give hope to addicts. It is a good guide for readers who are addicts to escape from their addiction and get started on their healing and recovery.

The memoir is raw and honest, and the author minces no words when it comes to sharing her story. Addicts will be able to connect with the author’s words, the commonality of their feelings, thoughts, and poor choices they made in their addiction, and finally the redemption that happens through the recovery phase. The author also shows how different yet distinctly typical an addict’s path is.

The story of how North House came into existence is also quite interesting. Her success story will make addicts come to terms with their loss and find ways to heal and get on with their lives. Finding North: A Journey from Addict to Advocate is a good page-turner and Marilyn L Davis’s story will give courage, hope, and determination to addicts to get free from their addiction and pain, and finally find their way to healing, and leading good lives.

Finding North: A Journey from Addict to Advocate is now available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats.

5-Star Awarded Readers Favorite Review!

Cat’s Book Review on Amazon

What will you learn from this beautiful memoir?
What overcoming drug addiction looks like and much more!

Exceptionally written from page one to the last, the author shares just how easy it was for her to begin experimenting with drugs at a young age as she shares her life with readers. Her writing style and layout of her memoirs are impeccable, as it made me keep reading to learn what happens next!

Marilyn writes in a “teachable” and “relatable” way as she shares her early years of managing rock bands and such. We all know “The Candy” was always available back in the days when she managed rock bands. Her life memoirs are about overcoming, loss, perseverance, hope, and inspiration. Then, a chance meeting with a Native American man who spiritually points out her future, she took it to heart in her early recovery.

After saving her life within her recovery’s hard work, she gives us the inside look of how generational addiction can happen, as both her daughters began addicts. Then came the real work of opening North House; she and managed North House, an award-winning residential facility for women. A women’s safe house of healing as I see it.

She began to help both her daughters become clean and drug-free. Marilyn has been on her journey and has celebrated 32-years of recovery while keeping her recovery journey moving forward. The author shows us the hard work it takes in early recovery to learn the roots and the underlying addiction issues, process them, and begin the power of healing within recovery.

I highly suggest everyone read this book if you want to be inspired by an amazing woman’s authentic memoir turned ‘Recovery Warrior’ through caring, empathy, and turned a call to action to bring solutions from addiction, even still today.

Advocate, Catherine Lyon of Lyon Media Services & Literary Consulting

Amazon 5-Star Book Review By

DeeDeeTee 5.0 out of 5 stars “…a chance encounter with Gray Hawk…” leads to new life, new purpose
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2021
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The book blurb called it “a chance encounter with Gray Hawk,” yet Gray Hawk believed it was an element of his destiny.

There are twists and turns from the parents stylized by the author’s perception extending from childhood escape, into addiction, through collapse of the family and into a personal redemption through shared service to others.

There are several additional stories here. Mother. Father. Family. Community.

This book maintains focus on the author’s relationship to manipulation, addiction, self-assessment, games of delusion and sustaining the illusion, “things are ok.” Still, there are the loose ends of those lives, the question of how the author slid down this road, not another, and the question why and how Gray Hawk came to play the role he did.

The writing style is straightforward and relentless, with the simple force you see at an AA meeting: “Hi, I’m so-and-so and I’m an alcoholic.” It’s fascinating to see simultaneous incongruent thought tracks: the external reality, against the internal mental contortions to have everything seem normal. “You think you’re Machiavelli but you’re really Bozo the clown” she’s told at one point. This author does not imbue events with grandiose significance or deep meaning. Readers may wish to do that.

Each of the 105 short chapters has a point without breaking the flow – it’s autobiographical after all. Extracted into focus by time and perspective, the chapters sometimes include bittersweet zingers.

At the end of the telling, the question remains ‘Was it a chance encounter?’

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Marilyn L. Davis

Marilyn is a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist who opened and ran an award-winning residential facility from 1990-2011, called North House.

She recently celebrated 32 years of abstinence-based recovery.

She is the author of Therapeutic Integrated Educational Recovery System and editor-in-chief at and

In 2008, Brenau University created the Marilyn Davis Community Service Learning Award, which honors individuals working in recovery and mental health. In 2010, Marilyn received the Liberty Bell award, given to non-judges and attorneys for contributions to the criminal justice system and communities.

Before reaching these milestones, she was a desperate woman on drugs, managing rock bands at night, pretending to be okay, but ultimately giving up on herself, losing her husband, children, family, and friends due to her addiction.

A chance encounter with a 74-year old Native American named Gray Hawk showed her that healing herself would include meetings, Steps, and providing a house of healing for other women.

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HOW TO GROW AN ADDICT: A Novel ~  By Author, J.A. Wright …



( Author, Jodi A Wright )

About The Award-Winning Book:

Randall Grange has been tricked into admitting herself into a treatment center and she doesn’t know why. She’s not a party hound like the others in her therapy group—but then again, she knows she can’t live without pills or booze.  Raised by an abusive father, a detached mother, and a loving aunt and uncle, Randall both loves and hates her life. She’s awkward and a misfit. Her parents introduced her to alcohol and tranquilizers at a young age, ensuring that her teenage years would be full of bad choices, and by the time she’s twenty-three years old, she’s a full-blown drug addict, well acquainted with the miraculous power chemicals have to cure just about any problem she could possibly have—and she’s in more trouble than she’s ever known was possible.


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“Editorial Reviews”

“How to Grow an Addict is J.A. Wright’s debut novel. It’s been named best book of 2015 by Redbook/Good Housekeeping magazine and a finalist in both the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and 2015 Forward Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award.

“Wright deftly and insightfully describes how a life can spiral toward addiction and rehab. The story is raw and touching and I found myself rooting for Randall as she navigates redemption and sobriety. A gritty and honest read.”
-Susie Orman Schnall, award-winning author of On Grace and The Balance Project.

“J. A. Wright’s book is a compelling illustration of what fertile ground families are for nurturing addiction. It’s not all doom and gloom however – the story is told in a clear-eyed, unsentimental voice which, for me, made it utterly convincing.”  – Morrin Rout, Co-producer/presenter of Bookenz

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“It seems my friend and fellow Author, J. A. Wright has the ‘write recipe’ in writing a great piece of fiction that includes addiction and recovery laced & weaved real life experience into this storyline.”

It will be my next book I will be reading and excited to start. But I can tell you the ‘Amazon Book Reviews’ are exceptional, and they are coming in hot and heavy as (43) total as of this post. Now, I’m no ‘James Lipton’ of the “Actors Studio,” so here is a little more about her writing and a wee bit more about her personal side of life. We all know I only ask a few questions of my guests, and here is what Jodi shared.


1.)  Do you share your recovery story with others? Or is this question “off-limits?”

Sure. I’m open to talking about it. I have no issues with anyone knowing about my life as an addict or a recovering addict.

2.) What is the most challenging for you as a writer?

Finding the time to write is my biggest challenge. It takes four or five days of writing for a few hours for me to get into a writing groove. I don’t get this opportunity as often as I’d like as I have a job (to support my writing ambitions), and it too often gets in the way of my writing. I do keep a process diary (journal) that I add ideas and thoughts to almost daily.

3.) How do deal with writer’s block?

I don’t deal with it very well. I’m pretty hard on myself about not getting something done on time. I’ve heard that giving yourself a break and adopting an attitude of gratitude is helpful. I might try it.

4.)  How difficult was it to weave in addiction into your storyline?

Not difficult at all. I was raised around heavy drinkers, problem drinkers, and alcoholics, and more enablers than I can count. I have no shortage of material.  LOL.

5.) Lastly, what are a few of your hobbies and interests? And can you tell us one thing readers may not know about you?

I run, I mountain bike and hike and I bake. I pretty sure I’m not  at all that interesting when it comes to those secret things, but I’ve always been leery about telling people I once collected stamps and I’m a super big fan of Jazz!

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LOL, I don’t think stamp collecting is all that bad to share Jodi … “-)

Well readers, there you go! Now that you have met our new featured Author, J. A. Wright, please go visit her wonderful website here J. A. Wright, Author and go connect with on social media and grab a copy of her fantastic book too!


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What is the most challenging for you as a writer?

Finding the time to write is my biggest challenge. It takes four or five days of writing for a few hours for me to get into a writing groove. I don’t get this opportunity as often as I’d like as I have a job (to support my writing ambitions), and it too often gets in the way of my writing. I do keep a process diary (journal) that I add ideas and thoughts to almost daily.