Like Any Normal Day: A Story of DevotionMark Kram, Jr. Like Any Normal Day centers on Buddy Miley, who in the fall of 1973 had been a star quarterback on his high school football team, when he shattered his vertebrae in a game. In the 23 1/2 years that followed, his friends went off and had families of their own, but Buddy remained at home under the care of his mother, who saw to his every need until her own health broke down. When Buddy’s pain became unbearable, his brother Jimmy helped him take the last steps along his journey as they boarded a plane for Michigan and an appointment with Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
In Like Any Normal Day, Mark Kram, Jr. of The Daily News explores the enduring bond between brothers and the claims that duty places upon each of us in the wake of a catastrophic event. Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway) This is a FREE event; no tickets or reservations are required. For more information, please call 215-567-4341, or click here
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The book tells the true story of Buddy Miley, a high-school star quarterback who shattered his vertebrae during a football game. After 23 years of coping with the challenges from such a devastating injury, Buddy, with the help of his brother Jimmy, embarked on an unsuccessful search for a cure. That search ended with a very difficult decision made between two brothers, and an appointment with a doctor named Jack Kevorkian.
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Author Mark Kram, Jr. will be here to sign copies of his new book: Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion SATURDAY, MAY 5th 6-8 PM Praise for Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion… “Kram deftly reveals the intimate details of the story, and he delves into the complex and troubled Miley family dynamics with a skilled reporter’s eye. “A heartbreaking story of love and dedication told with remarkable compassion and literary skill.”--Kirkus Reviews (starred) "Inspirational."--The New York Times "Like Any Normal Day is anything but normal. It's heart-breaking and heart-warming, a compelling story of brothers, love, tragedy and sports. Mark Kram Jr. takes us on a raw emotional journey that turns into a riveting American story."-- Christine Brennan, USA Today columnist, ABC News and NPR commentator and author of Best Seat in the House “Read this book and Buddy Miley will become part of your life. He will be there every time you see anyone in a wheelchair. He will be there every time the announcer says someone is hurt, lying on a football field and not moving. He will be there every time you think twice about whatever problem is kicking your behind on a particular day, a reminder that things could be worse. Read this book and...just read this book. Terrific.”--Leigh Montville, author of Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel “Mark Kram, Jr. has always been among the nation’s very finest newspaper feature writers, and now his book, Born Brothers, exhibits the same superb craft. It is a story that is so sad, yet so filled with every variation of the sweetest love, wonderfully, lovingly told. Kram has drawn the people in it so well that they and the scenes they inhabit will long stay in your memory.”--Frank Deford, author of Everybody’s All-American “Like Any Normal Day is both extraordinary and unexpected. It’s about more than the famously ruthless mercies applied by Dr. Kevorkian. It’s an intimate family history. As constructed by Mark Kram Jr., the narrative begins with a high school football game and drives to that place separating bravery and compassion, longing and love. Kram is an expert reporter, sure, but his beat might well be the human soul.”--Mark Kriegel, author of the bestselling Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich and the forthcoming The Good Son: The Life of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini "There is nothing normal about Like Any Normal Day. In the spirit of his late father, Mark Kram Jr. has stripped away the mythology and stereotypes of the sporting world and found something deeper, the complicated truth of a profound and haunting story."--David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered "Like Any Normal Day looks piercingly beyond the moment when the lights dim and the crowds go home in any young athlete's life. Kram's acuity and sympathies stretch far beyond his sportswriter's practiced gaze -- indeed, all the way to the realm of literature. It is not a happy story he has to tell us. But it seems to me -- perhaps for that very reason -- it is an essential and cautionary one.” --Richard Ford About: Like Any Normal Day 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. About the Author 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. Kram lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. Digg Facebook Google Technorati del.icio.us
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