Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying Yes To Living by Tim BauerschmidtDriving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying Yes To Living by Tim Bauerschmidt

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

byTim Bauerschmidt, Ramie Liddle

Hardcover | May 2, 2017

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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.


Title:Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying Yes To LivingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.89 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062664328

ISBN - 13:9780062664327

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from So - so The concept of this book seemed quite intriguing to me, however the writing was a bit flat and slow moving.The middle comes with inserts of actual pictures of Norma on her journey, which was fun to peruse.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was so lovely I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was a bit uncertain about this one - it's not really the type of book I gravitate toward. Happily, my feelings were unwarranted. This touching and inspiring memoir covers Miss Norma's last year. This started as a Facebook page dedicated to the journey and I wish I had seen it while she was still travelling. Norma spent that last year coming out of her shell and experiencing a tonne of new things - regional foods, a hot air balloon ride, cannabis... While in Colorado, Miss Norma began experiencing some medical issues related to her illness. Her son Tim and his wife Ramie did some research and decided that CBD balm and pills would help. Norma agreed - and their story about visiting a marijuana dispensary was really interesting and funny. Even better - the CBD worked! I'm a huge supporter of medical cannabis, and as a former nurse I found her experience to be fascinating. Midway through that eventful year, their Facebook page went viral. The book doesn't shy away from it, and really delves into their self-doubt and worry as they accepted interview requests. Luckily it turned out really well and Miss Norma was treated like a local celebrity wherever they went. It sounds like she got a kick out of it! The book's ending is sad of course, but overall it's an inspiring story that I'm not soon to forget.
Date published: 2017-06-17

Editorial Reviews

“What a legacy Ms. Norma has left us! Too often, when advanced illness strikes, patients and their families feel like powerless spectators. Too often, their wishes are not honored, or even known. Ms. Norma made her wishes known, and they were honored. Each of us deserves such a happy ending.”