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Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion

by Mark Kram

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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 right of self-determination, self-sacrifice, and familial bonds. It's not a sports book but a family book, very well written by an award-winning journalist. Highly recommended. ( )
  godsrbored | Nov 25, 2012 |
"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. Jack Kevorkian and, with the doctor's assistance, die and end his pain and suffering. It's a compelling and thought-provoking story that will stay with you long after you finish the book. ( )
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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.

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In March of '97, two brothers took a plane to Detroit to secretly meet Dr. Jack Kevorkian. One of the brothers had been a quadriplegic for the past twenty-four years, fully dependent on his ailing mother for all of his needs. He'd asked his younger brother to help him end his life and relieve the burdens on his family. This is the story of love and devotion to family and what it means to let someone go at all costs.… (more)

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