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The hugely popular singer/songwriter duo Johnnyswim share their story like never before, showing readers how to find home wherever they are in this visually stunning debut. Foreword by Chip and Joanna Gaines Work and life partners Amanda Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez are known for translating the memories and milestones of their journey, as well as the honest realities o The hugely popular singer/songwriter duo Johnnyswim share their story like never before, showing readers how to find home wherever they are in this visually stunning debut. Foreword by Chip and Joanna Gaines Work and life partners Amanda Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez are known for translating the memories and milestones of their journey, as well as the honest realities of marriage, into their spirited and soulful songs. With this beautifully designed, visually stunning book, the duo shares never-before-told stories, beautiful photos, recipes, poetry, and more from their life in a deeply engaging experience as they travel on tour around the country with their three young kids, capturing the family's raw, intimate, and behind-the-scenes life on the road and embracing home no matter where they are.


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The hugely popular singer/songwriter duo Johnnyswim share their story like never before, showing readers how to find home wherever they are in this visually stunning debut. Foreword by Chip and Joanna Gaines Work and life partners Amanda Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez are known for translating the memories and milestones of their journey, as well as the honest realities o The hugely popular singer/songwriter duo Johnnyswim share their story like never before, showing readers how to find home wherever they are in this visually stunning debut. Foreword by Chip and Joanna Gaines Work and life partners Amanda Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez are known for translating the memories and milestones of their journey, as well as the honest realities of marriage, into their spirited and soulful songs. With this beautifully designed, visually stunning book, the duo shares never-before-told stories, beautiful photos, recipes, poetry, and more from their life in a deeply engaging experience as they travel on tour around the country with their three young kids, capturing the family's raw, intimate, and behind-the-scenes life on the road and embracing home no matter where they are.

30 review for Home Sweet Road: Finding Love, Making Music & Building a Life One City at a Time

  1. 4 out of 5

    Danica

    a unique memoir that was really fun to read. (and the chapter about how similar creativity and childbirth are was so good I read it 3 times)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5. To paraphrase the book, this is not quite a memoir and not quite a coffee table book, but I’m fond of it anyway. Abner and Amanda — can I be friends with you? I enjoyed this peek into life on the road (and more!) from Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramierz, the husband and wife singer-songwriter duo that comprise the band JOHNNYSWIM. Anything and anyone that Chip and Joanna Gaines are fans of, I am too! The book reads like a long magazine article, with a few sections being written ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5. To paraphrase the book, this is not quite a memoir and not quite a coffee table book, but I’m fond of it anyway. Abner and Amanda — can I be friends with you? I enjoyed this peek into life on the road (and more!) from Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramierz, the husband and wife singer-songwriter duo that comprise the band JOHNNYSWIM. Anything and anyone that Chip and Joanna Gaines are fans of, I am too! The book reads like a long magazine article, with a few sections being written individually by Abner and Amanda, a few sections that read like a transcribed interview, several of their “true” accounts of where the name JOHNNYSWIM comes from, lots of photos, and even some recipes. I especially loved Amanda’s reflections on what it was like having Donna Summer for a mother (and what it was like constantly being asked that question), Abner’s retelling of his father’s harrowing story of immigrating to America from Cuba, and the conversation they had with each other surrounding how important it has been for them to create community wherever they go. Abner and Amanda’s personalities really come through, and my biggest take-away is that they seem like such decent, admirable people. I wish them much continued success and would definitely recommend this book! Page Count: 272 pages Publication Date: June 8, 2021 Thank you to @amandasudanoramirez, @johnnyswim, @NetGalley and Convergent Books for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. This review will be published on Goodreads and Instagram (@sanfranliterarlygal) close to the publication date.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Rohbock

    Honestly it's hard to give a true star ranking to this book because it's not a true novel/memoir. But as a fan of the band? I loved it. I learned so much that made me love them more so I'm just going to give them the 5⭐ for a non-traditional book that's excellent. The first time I saw JOHNNYSWIM was at Raven's Tower because Ellie Boggs convinced me to go see this band I'd never heard of. I didn't realize the venue outdoors and it was February. I wore a light jacket thinking we'd be inside and nea Honestly it's hard to give a true star ranking to this book because it's not a true novel/memoir. But as a fan of the band? I loved it. I learned so much that made me love them more so I'm just going to give them the 5⭐ for a non-traditional book that's excellent. The first time I saw JOHNNYSWIM was at Raven's Tower because Ellie Boggs convinced me to go see this band I'd never heard of. I didn't realize the venue outdoors and it was February. I wore a light jacket thinking we'd be inside and nearly froze my butt off. But it was worth it because that concert introduced me to one of my favorite musicians. Before the pandemic shut everything down, I was over the moon to see JOHNNYSWIM and Lauren Daigle perform together and I'm still hoping that concert happens in the not-too-distant future. So as a reader, I wanted this ARC of a memoir, interview, recipe, story photo book even though it's different from my typical novel. And it didn't disappoint. For fans, this is all the behind the scenes knowledge you've wanted from stories about the origin of the name JOHNNYSWIM to Abner's family leaving Cuba to Amanda's impatience for Abner to propose. It is the stories fans live to hear told at concerts x100 while maintaining Abner and Amanda's authentic voices. And for those who aren't fans, well first I really think you should because JOHNNYSWIM is great. But also if you're just wondering what it's like to try to make it in the music business and be real authentic people and have a family and just live and enjoy everything. Well this is a book for you too. Go watch a Live from the Backyard virtual concert, listen to the album Georgica Pond and grab this book. If you live singer songwriter music, I think you'll love them both! Also New Orleans Jazz Fest please have JOHNNYSWIM back to play a feature on the mainstage. I'll be there in a heartbeat.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vonda

    This is an unique book by Abner and Amanda (Sudano) Ramirez, the musicians that make up the husband and wife duo, Johnnyswim. It is about a dream chased, but also the realization that the dream is not distant. It’s not a future thing. It won’t happen when sales hit a specific number or awards are achieved. Rather, the dream is found in this moment, right now. If I can describe the book’s other facets, I’d say it’s one part travelogue, one part family history, one part memoir, one part love story This is an unique book by Abner and Amanda (Sudano) Ramirez, the musicians that make up the husband and wife duo, Johnnyswim. It is about a dream chased, but also the realization that the dream is not distant. It’s not a future thing. It won’t happen when sales hit a specific number or awards are achieved. Rather, the dream is found in this moment, right now. If I can describe the book’s other facets, I’d say it’s one part travelogue, one part family history, one part memoir, one part love story, one part photo album, one part music business navigation, one part family dinner, one part shooting the breeze, and one part tall tale. That adds up to quite a delectable multi-course meal. The Ramirez’s strength is that they don’t take themselves too seriously. In world full of people taking themselves too seriously, I found their perspectives refreshing, fun and full of joy. The fact that the Ramirez’s know how to enjoy a good time does not mean the book was lacking in depth. I particularly enjoyed the conversations with their manager, Jason King, as well as their stories of staying open to the organic path they are taking to achieve their dreams as they relate to the music business. They are staying true and honest to themselves, living above the noise in an industry where some are seeking fame and fortune. Refreshingly, they operate from a different definition of success. I appreciated their personal perspectives of not letting their goals get in the way of relationships. Their business relationships are their people, their family. My one disappointment is a minor one. I’m sure this is going to sound prudish and old fashioned and really, I don’t want to even mention it. There is an abundance of criticism in these times and I don’t want to be that person, so take it with a grain of salt. In the photo album section is a picture of Amanda in a bikini that I think embodies a message contrary to what the Ramirez’s seem to want to convey. The photo felt out of place. I enjoyed and would recommend this book. I received an arc copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Justie

    Home Sweet Road was a very fun memoir-style read, chock full of fun little anecdotes, pictures, and even some recipes. Their colloquial style of writing made it feel like you were just sitting in their living room having a chat and catching up with an old friend. Which, incidentally, is also how their music makes me feel. Not being a religious person at all, I felt that when addressing their faith, they generally did it in a pretty matter of fact way. They only got a smidge preachy at some parts Home Sweet Road was a very fun memoir-style read, chock full of fun little anecdotes, pictures, and even some recipes. Their colloquial style of writing made it feel like you were just sitting in their living room having a chat and catching up with an old friend. Which, incidentally, is also how their music makes me feel. Not being a religious person at all, I felt that when addressing their faith, they generally did it in a pretty matter of fact way. They only got a smidge preachy at some parts, but nothing too over the top. I found the strongest chapters to be those in which they discussed grief—Abner losing his father and Amanda losing her mother. Again, they did so in a way that didn’t feel cliche or preachy; they simply and accurately described the rollercoaster of emotions surrounding the sickness and loss of a parent. The book could have, in my opinion, used a touch more editing. I was expecting more of an account of their lives currently, rather than the first 50% of the book discussing before they got together. It was never boring by any means, but I could have lived with a little less of the pre-JOHNNYSWIM stories. One small thing that I enjoyed in particular was titling each chapter with a song title of theirs that fit the content well. One larger thing I enjoyed was their elaborate lies about how they got their band name. A very fun and super quick read, Home Sweet Road gives a little deeper of a look into the life that they’ve built together and all of the chaos within it. Definitely would recommend for any pre-existing JSWIM fans.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Perry

    

I’m a huge Johnnyswim fan, so I was thrilled to read this one. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy from @netgalley and Convergent Books. If you aren’t familiar, Johnnyswim is an incredible husband-wife duo that takes their kids on the road with them to tour all around the country. I saw them live several years ago and it was blast. I loved their energy and watching them put on an incredible show while bouncing around the stage with their baby boy. I couldn’t wait to learn how Abner and A 

I’m a huge Johnnyswim fan, so I was thrilled to read this one. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy from @netgalley and Convergent Books. If you aren’t familiar, Johnnyswim is an incredible husband-wife duo that takes their kids on the road with them to tour all around the country. I saw them live several years ago and it was blast. I loved their energy and watching them put on an incredible show while bouncing around the stage with their baby boy. I couldn’t wait to learn how Abner and Amanda became Johnnyswim, how they broke into the music industry and how life on the road works with little kids tagging along. This wasn’t a typical memoir. It was a very quick read filled with beautiful photos and even some recipes. I read it on my Kindle, but I’m sure the physical version would be gorgeous. Several chapters were transcripts of conversations between Amanda and Abner. Other chapters read like a friend sending you an email. It was all very casual. At times, it left me wanting more! Abner teased a future book about his father and his story of immigrating to the US. I really hope he follows through. It sounds like his family has many more stories to share. Definitely pick this one up if you’re a fan! If you aren’t a fan yet — give Georgica Pond a listen.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Parker

    Impeccable. BRB going to buy tickets for their upcoming tour and try their friend’s grilled kale recipe! This reads like a magazine memoir. They discuss failure, dreams, family, faith, and much more. Their personalities shine through! I love how they discuss their purpose for their performance. I have witnessed this effect seeing them perform previously, but didn’t have the words to describe it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie Young

    If you know me, you know I love JOHNNYSWIM and so, of course, I would rate their book 5 stars. Their love story makes me hopeful to one day have something as fantastically memorable and utterly mundane as theirs. They inspire me with their heart and their commitment to their family. And they make dang good music. Need I say more?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erianne

    I love me some JOHNNYSWIM, but this book was just average. Smaller stories built in to the book that were okay, but the transcription of their conversations was all over the place. And should I then ask… did they even tell us the real meaning behind JOHNNYSWIM or are they still choosing to keep it a secret…? Because even the last story wasn’t believable.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paloma

    What a heartfelt story. Loved it. And hey, finally know where the name JOHNNYSWIM came from!.....or do we🤣

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Arndt

    I loved every single thing about this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Colbert

    I cried in every chapter at least once. Often twice. So. Good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Everything I love about my favorite musicians translated seamlessly into a life-giving, wholehearted book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    •Abner and Amanda tell their story of how they met, fell in love, started Johnnyswim, and built a family •The stories of both of their families were vastly different in experience, but they were instilled with such similar values •I love learning more about the lives of people we predominately see on screens

  15. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Ugan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Brumley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  19. 5 out of 5

    Annie Brown

  20. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Sargent

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Hurt

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christine Searfoss

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tina

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin Whitt Nygren

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicolette

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  27. 4 out of 5

    Savannah Rozga

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Buss

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Tademy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

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