Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion

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Macmillan, Apr 24, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 261 pages
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Winner of the 2013 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, Like Any Normal Day is a profound, powerful narrative of a golden boy's tragedy, a woman's unlived life, and a brother's complicated devotion.

In the mid-1970s, brothers Buddy and Jimmy Miley were close, both on the verge of impressive athletic careers. A promising high school quarterback, Buddy's potential was cut short by an injury that left him quadriplegic. Immobile and imprisoned in his body for decades, Buddy would watch life pass by from his wheelchair, living at home under his mother's and brother's care, and wondering what his life could have been.

Buddy and Jimmy visited special hospitals and traveled to Lourdes in search of a miracle, never losing hope as they searched for a cure. But as Buddy suffered increasing pain, and also realized that he would never be able to walk again—and never prove himself capable of being loved by Karen, a woman he'd first met in high school—he asked Jimmy to help him end his life.

Beautifully written, both heart-wrenching and hopeful, Mark Kram Jr.'s Like Any Normal Day explores the important bonds between families and the depths of what we're willing to do for those we love.

Like Any Normal Day is the winner of the 2013 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.

 

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User Review  - godsrbored - LibraryThing

This nonfiction story reads like a novel and has all the elements of great storytelling. Through the story of Buddy Miley and his devoted family, we are asked to consider such important themes as ... Read full review

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User Review  - BevFuller - LibraryThing

"Like Any Normal Day" is the story of Buddy Miley, an athletic teenager who got hurt playing football and was paralyzed. He persevered as long as he could and, then, made the decision to contact Dr ... Read full review

Contents

Jimmy
1
Trajectories
7
Prayers Before Sleep
9
Boyhood Fields
17
Where All the Nuts Lived
25
HeadtoHead
33
Karen Are You Here?
43
O Dear Lord
51
11
87
12
95
Someone to Turn
159
The Lion and the Mouse
171
Alabama Karen
181
Brothers
191
Lingering Light
201
Walls of Time
209

A Window on Acorn Drive
59
Am I Paralyzed?
61
Butterfly Kisses
73
23
77
Orange
83
Coveted Time
223
Bagpipes
235
The Envelope
247
Acknowledgments
259
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About the author (2012)

MARK KRAM, JR. writes for The Philadelphia Daily News. His feature articles have won the Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists, been awarded top honors by the Associated Press for three consecutive years, and been published six times in The Best American Sports Writing Anthology. Like Any Normal Day is the winner of the 2013 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Kram lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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