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After a diagnosis of terminal cancer, ninety-year-old Norma Bauerschmidt said 'Yes' to life, even in the face of death, and embarked on an extraordinary year-long road trip with her son, daughter-in-law and outsize poodle Ringo. This is her uplifting story.

'Bravo, Norma! I love you'
Paulo Coelho
'A life-affirming book' Daily Mail

'An uplifting personal story of a year lived like no other' Daily Express

Two days after her husband of sixty-seven years died, nonagenarian Miss Norma was diagnosed with cancer. When told about her treatment options - surgery, chemo and radiotherapy - she rose to her full five feet and said in the strongest voice she could muster: 'I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road!'

Driving Miss Norma is the story of her inspirational road trip across the US in a thirty-six-foot motorhome with her son, Tim, his wife, Ramie and their Poodle, Ringo - showing us that it's never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope or become a trailblazer. Based on a social media phenomenon with over 500K devoted Facebook followers, it follows Miss Norma’s transformative journey of finally spreading your wings and living life on your own terms. With each adventurous stop on her cross-country journey a once timid Miss Norma said YES to living in the face of death - trying oysters for the first time, experiencing a pedicure, and taking the hot air balloon ride her late husband never found time for.

With each passing mile (and one hilarious visit to a cannabis dispensary), Miss Norma’s health improved and conversations that had once been taboo began to unfold. Norma, Tim and Ramie bonded in ways they could never have anticipated, and their definitions of home, of family and friendship expanded as strangers became friends and showered them with kindness. Bursting with Miss Norma’s generous spirit, Driving Miss Norma ignites a renewed sense of life, family, fun and self-discovery - at any age.



The Guardian

This life-affirming book is an inspirational account... It's about three people learning to let go of their fears and find love and trust in each other and the world around them.

Daily Mail

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

Kirkus Reviews

Joyful and moving… offers profound insights into how we choose to live.

Publishers Weekly (starred review). This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

An uplifiting personal story of a year lived like no other... a touching and eloquently argued manifesto for a different kind of care for the elderly, one that embraces joy, life and human connection.

Jane Warren, Daily Express

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    May 1, 2017

    Bantam Press

    256 pages

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    May 4, 2017

    Transworld Digital

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