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Driving Miss Norma Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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, Norma - newly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriage - rose to her full height of five feet and told her doctor, "I'm 90 years old. I'm hitting the road."

Packing what she needed, Norma took off on an unforgettable cross-country journey with three professional nomads - her retired son, Tim; his wife, Ramie; and their standard poodle, Ringo - in a 36-foot RV. Driving Miss Norma is the charming, infectiously joyous chronicle of their experiences on the road - a transformative journey of living life on your own terms that shows us that it is never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope, or become a trailblazer.

As this once timid woman says yes to living in the face of death, she tries regional foods for the first time, zip-lines through a former stranger's yard, and reaches for the clouds in a hot air balloon. 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 reminds us that life is beautiful and precious and that family, fun, and self-discovery can happen at any age.

©2017 Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    "Such an inspiring story"

    I absolutely loved this book I've read it 3 times now over and over and over again I laugh at all the wonderful stories you guys tell thank you so much for sharing your story and helping us realize that it's so important to say yes to living when it's that time and a family member's life

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    I followed their story on FB for a while and when I saw there would be a book there was no hesitation. My whole life I have lived trying to grab life and live it. I loved this story.

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    Sandi Wilburn Alabama 07-21-17
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    "A treasured story of living life."

    thank you for sharing and blessing me with Miss Norma's story. it is a treasured story of living life.

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    "Miss Norma, your journey inspires mine. TY."

    I loved the story and lessons. Tim and Ramie deserve amazing kudos for allowing us all into their sacred time. Thank you for taking us along and for sharing Miss Norma with us. Thank you for saying YES when you barely knew the question you were being asked! A true sign of faith and love in action.

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