Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying "Yes" to Living by Tim Bauerschmidt

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Read Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying "Yes" to Living Online Free - When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Miss Norma—newly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriage—rose to her full height of five feet and told the doctor, “I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road.” 

And so Miss Norma took off on an unforgettable around-the-country journey in a thirty-six-foot motor home with her retired son Tim, his wife Ramie, and their dog Ringo. 

As this once timid woman says “yes” to living in the face of death, she tries regional foods for the first time, reaches for the clouds in a hot air balloon, and mounts up for a horseback ride. With each passing mile (and one educational visit to a cannabis dispensary), Miss Norma’s health improves and conversations that had once been taboo begin to unfold. Norma, Tim, and Ramie bond in ways they had never done before, and their definitions of home, family, and friendship expand. Stop by stop, state by state, they meet countless people from all walks of life—strangers who become fast friends and welcome them with kindness and open hearts.

Infused with this irrepressible nonagenarian’s wisdom, courage, and generous spirit, Driving Miss Norma is the charming, infectiously joyous chronicle of their experiences on the road. It portrays a transformative journey of living life on your own terms that shows us it is never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope, or become a trailblazer.



Title : Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying "Yes" to Living
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ISBN : 0062664409
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Reviews


Cheri rated it ★★★★☆

May 03, 2017

!! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars At the advanced age of 90, Norma Jean Bauerschmidt from Presque Island, Michigan had just lost her husband when she was given a diagnosis of cancer. Instead of spending days, months or longer staying in a hospital, or living a life spent in and out of the hospital, su...


Cindy rated it ★★★★★

April 19, 2017

Driving Miss Norma is an absolutely fantastic read. In the midst of these trying times, this book restored my faith in humanity and had me either laughing or crying the entire time I was reading it. When I started reading Driving Miss Norma, I was unfamiliar with the Facebook page that chronicled...


Sherri rated it ★★★★☆

May 21, 2017

A very heartwarming story! I remember reading about this woman on the news. She's really great!!


Robin rated it ★★★★★

April 02, 2017

I finished this morning and how I got through it without sobbing out loud is a miracle. Everyone is going to fall in love with not only Norma and her family (including Ringo), but everyone who embraced Norma and made her feel special. And Norma is a woman after my own heart. Not only does she lov...


Pamela rated it ★★★★★

June 15, 2017

Yes . . . Yes . . . YES!!!! A thousand times YES! This THIS THIS MAGNIFICENT MEMOIR! I absolutely LOVE this memoir! This amazing adventure . . . This beautifully and honestly written travelogue . . . This awe-inspiring, 'CAN DO' journey . . . This amazing end-of-life road trip . . . This DARING to...


Janet rated it ★★★★☆

May 27, 2017

Wonderful inspiring story! May all of us have the courage to face death (and life) like Miss Norma did. What more could one wish for than adventure, the closeness of loved ones and a death free of artificial constructs.


Merry rated it ★★★★★

March 22, 2017

Thank you to Shelf Awareness for the free ARC of this book. I really wished that I had heard of Miss Norma's story before this book, rather when Miss Norma was living her adventure/life. This is the true story of a truly remarkable woman and the loving family that helped her live out her life in...


Cyndi rated it ★★★★★

March 17, 2017

After following this story on Facebook, I was awaiting the release of this book when I fortunately won a copy through HarperOne publishing and Goodreads. The book is an inspiring story of newly widowed Miss Norma at age 90 and then is diagnosed with cancer. This book chronicles the last year of h...


Katie rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 19, 2017

This was a "blind date" book - one of those fun books wrapped in brown paper at the bookstore with a few hints about what might be inside. I think this one just said, "Epic family journey". So, one $3 donation later and I had this book in my hands. The book is both a family memoir and a travel log...


MrsChris rated it ★★★☆☆

February 24, 2017

I adore Norma! I followed along on Facebook with their travels and was so excited to read the book. While I enjoyed it, I we also a little disappointed. It felt dry and they told me about their adventures but didn't really show me their adventures. I feel as though I know them little more now tha...





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