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

Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying

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...

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

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

  • Robin
    Jan 16, 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 love to read, but she loves to shop for new clothes and keep her haired permed. :-) I want to be just like her when I grow up and also hope to face what she did with the grace and dignity she displayed. As

    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 love to read, but she loves to shop for new clothes and keep her haired permed. :-) I want to be just like her when I grow up and also hope to face what she did with the grace and dignity she displayed. As one who is still enamored of the "RV lifestyle," I also loved the stories of being on the road.

    This reminded me of David Rosenfeldt's DOGTRIPPING, the true story of how he and a gang of caring volunteers moved 25 dogs cross-country via RV. That's another one made me both laugh and cry.

    Thanks to HarperCollins for the advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Cyndi
    Mar 15, 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 her full life as she shows that it is better to choose to be adventurous, try new things and meet new people. She shows that we should be open to opportunities and look for ways to make life more enrichin

    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 her full life as she shows that it is better to choose to be adventurous, try new things and meet new people. She shows that we should be open to opportunities and look for ways to make life more enriching. Miss Norma did just this with the help of Tim and Ramie who selflessly provide her with joy, in the small things as well as once in a lifetime opportunities. Each one was as important as the other to Miss Norma. This tiny woman made an impact and this book will stick with you. Hopefully we can all remember to say YES to living!

  • Cheri
    Apr 22, 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, surgery, treatments, she opted for a different kind of medicine. Love. Family. Time.

    She hit the road with her son Tim and his wife Ramie – and oh, yes, their dog Ringo, a Standard Poodle, living in a moto

    !! 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, surgery, treatments, she opted for a different kind of medicine. Love. Family. Time.

    She hit the road with her son Tim and his wife Ramie – and oh, yes, their dog Ringo, a Standard Poodle, living in a motor home and driving around the country following Norma’s dreams of places she’d longed to visit, but never had. Life has a way of getting in the way of dreams sometimes – but she’d had years of that, and now she was going to see as much as her body would allow.

    was what she said.

    Oh the place you went, Miss Norma!

    Wisconsin!

    Well… it may not sound all that exciting, but when you get to be 90 and have never even visited one of the states next to you, it’s another accomplishment, it’s something you’ve never done before.

    Hot air ballooning!

    Whale watching! The Grand Canyon! Hilton Head! Savannah! You sat in fields of lavender!

    You rode in a parade… and so much more.

    Ramie had created a blog for the travels before about her and Tim’s adventures, now she created a facebook page, "Driving Miss Norma," adding Norma’s journey along with theirs. Hesitantly, thinking that their few followers would let her know by the lack of “likes” if this wasn’t working. As it was they really didn’t have that many to worry about, but Norma’s journey slowly became their journey, too. People recommended places to stop, offered their homes or to meet up with them if they were coming through their area. They loved this journey she was on, and let her know.

    Thirty-two states showed their love in various ways, and as these things tend to grow, as way led onto way, and time passed, what grew was the number of people supporting her cause. From less than a hundred to thousands of people offered her encouragement and support. At first, Norma didn’t understand why anyone out there would even know about her, or when they heard her story, why they would even care, but why complain when you’re getting a few wonderful meals here and there, some trinkets for her

    Beyond that, Norma knew that somehow, her journey was helping others, a priceless gift.

    Thousands of miles, thirty-two states, monuments, National parks, hotels, and more than the occasional Home Depot or Wal-Mart parking lots were visited, a home for their home for the night.

    Told in alternating chapters between Tim, her son, and his wife Ramie, this covers a lot of ground. There’s some of the family history courtesy of Tim, and a different perspective from Ramie. There’s a very balanced view of the difficulties involved in living with someone whose health is precarious, and being honest when it felt like it was time to take a break. Most of all, there is love and joy. So much joy.

    What a lovely tribute to a courageous and loving woman and her family.

    Recommended! (Tissues are also recommended)

    Pub Date: 2 May 2017

    Many thanks for the ARC provided by HarperOne

  • Cindy Burnett
    Apr 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 90-year-old Norma’s extended journey across the United States with her son and daughter-in-law, Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle, and their dog Ringo. I chose not to seek out the Facebook page but inst

    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 90-year-old Norma’s extended journey across the United States with her son and daughter-in-law, Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle, and their dog Ringo. I chose not to seek out the Facebook page but instead read the book and let the story unfold as I read. If you are not familiar with the story, I would encourage you to do the same. There were so many fun surprises and entertaining tales, and I was very glad that I had not spoiled the book by checking out the Facebook page first.

    Norma, Tim, Ramie and Ringo visited a wide range of locales. We frequently road trip as a family so I enjoyed reading about Norma’s experiences at places we have visited ourselves like South Dakota. It was so fun to hear Norma’s thoughts on Mt. Rushmore, Wall Drug, the Corn Palace and the Black Hills. I also added a number of places to our travel list after reading about them in this book.

    Facebook created a platform for Norma’s story and allowed so many kind people to open up their homes and towns to Norma, Tim and Ramie. I do not want to spoil the book so all I will say is that Norma brought out the best in people across the country. Time and again, I was amazed and impressed with the treatment she and her family received as she traveled.

    The authors chose to alternate chapters which I felt was a very effective way to relay their tale. While much of the book focuses on the places they visited and the people they met, I was glad that Ramie also addressed their role as caregivers and how difficult that job can be, especially if you are traveling in an RV with a 90-year-old woman. My one complaint about the book was that no pictures were included. I read an ARC so that may be one of the items that will be added before publication, but photographs would really enhance the story.

    I think everyone should read Driving Miss Norma; it is such a beautiful story. Thanks to HarperOne for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Merry Miller moon
    Mar 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 the final months that she had remaining. Tim, Miss Norma's son and his partner, Ramie have written a wonderful book. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** Shortly after the loss of her husband, Miss Norma is dia

    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 the final months that she had remaining. Tim, Miss Norma's son and his partner, Ramie have written a wonderful book. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** Shortly after the loss of her husband, Miss Norma is diagnosed with cancer. A cancer that is rapidly increasing and at ninety years old, she is only given months to live with chemotherapy. After discussing her options with her son, Miss Norma decides not to live out her final months in a sterile hospital environment, rather she wants to live. Tim and his partner Ramie along with their standard poodle, Ringo have retired early and spend their time driving around the U.S. and Mexico in their RV. Tim and Ramie have discussed her options with Miss Norma and she has decided she would like to join them in their rv/living/traveling adventure. Their traveling exploits are highlighted on a Facebook page that Ramie has set up. Next thing you know, Miss Norma is doing things that she only dreamed she could've done in the past-such as riding in a hot air balloon and riding in a convertible in a parade. This is a truly touching and at times heart breaking account of one remarkable woman's fight to truly live her life. Warning-you will probably cry while reading this-but you will also laugh a lot. Thank you for sharing yours and your mother's story with us, Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle.

  • Pamela
    Jun 15, 2017

    Yes . . . Yes . . . YES!!!! A thousand times

    !

    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 LIVE even when dying book infused me with so much hope, and joy, and encouragement. I want to buy a copy for each of my children.

    FIVE GAZZILION STARS...... PROPER REVIEW TO COME......

  • Sherri Thacker
    May 21, 2017

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

  • Janet
    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.

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