Driving Miss Norma

Driving Miss Norma

One Family's Journey Saying Yes to Living

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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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 her 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 that it is never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope, or become a trailblazer.

Publisher: New York : HarperOne, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062664327
Branch Call Number: 306.90922 Bau
Characteristics: 239 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Liddle, Ramie - Author


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A charming and joyous chronicle of 90 year old Norma’s around the country journey that will teach readers about living life on your own terms and that it is never too late to begin an adventure.

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Jul 13, 2019

Having lost my 96 1/2 yr old mother in the past year, I found this memoir a heartwarming, cheerful, heart-tearing, and uplifting on all emotions I experienced in the past six years of my mother's life and end of life. Both the son and daughter-in-law write separate chapters of their personal thoughts, experiences, feelings, questions and shared "Norma" with us in an eye-opening way to "hit the road" in our final chapters. I loved this book on so very many levels.

Jan 07, 2018

This recap of the year long blog Driving Miss Norma is well worth the read. It is uplifting, inspiring and just plain fun. Enjoy!

Sep 15, 2017

There are many important moments in Driving Miss Norma that everyone could benefit from. From talking about end-of-life care, the importance of saying "yes," and taking the time to talk to get to know each other, Driving Miss Norma encompasses the importance of living. While anyone can enjoy this book, I would recommend it to anyone struggling with grief as this book may give you a new perspective.

JCLSarahA Jun 27, 2017

At first glance, I thought the book might be too sentimental for my tastes, but I ended up loving it and its message. A book the authors reference as one that helped shape their thoughts and feelings about end of life issues, and one I think everyone should read is Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. If you like the humor and playfulness of Driving Miss Norma, another multigenerational road trip story that reminded me of Miss Norma’s adventures is The Ride of Our Lives by Mike Leonard.

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