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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Bauerschmidt, Ramie Liddle Narrator: Nan McNamara, Christopher Grove Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9780062674241
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As featured on the popular Facebook page of the same name with over 500k devoted followers, an inspiring memoir chronicling the remarkable cross-country journey of the effervescent 90-year-old Miss Norma, who in the face of terminal illness chooses to hit the road in an RV with her son, daughter-in-law, and 73-pound poodle Ringo, and say “yes” to all that life offers—and teaches us how to really live.

When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer at age the age of ninety, shortly after the death of her husband of nearly seven decades, 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 rose to her full height of five feet and told her doctor, “I’m ninety 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 thirty-six-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 even 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tim, Ramie, and Norma’s travels are joyful and moving…Norma’s willingness to be fearless and open to whatever comes her way…offers profound insights into how we choose to live.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The author celebrates life and offers a heartfelt vision of what dying a good death really means…Uplifting and life-affirming.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Tim Bauerschmidt is a professional nomad who retired by the age of fifty to travel cross-country full-time in an Airstream trailer his wife Ramie Liddle, and Ringo, their Standard Poodle. They’ve explored every state but Alaska and consider Mexico’s Baja peninsula the closest thing to home.

About the Narrators

Nan McNamara has performed on stage, television, film, and behind the microphone in voice-overs for over twenty years. Her passion is to tell good stories—no matter what the medium. Originally from St. Paul, Nan received a BA cum laude in theater.

Christopher Grove is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator. His narrations include Eye of the Storm, The Quantum Enigma, and the Right Kind of Crazy.