Like Any Normal Day by Mark Kram

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The is an amazing story of family love, written with a great honesty and tenderness.
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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.

 

About Mark Kram

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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.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 01 2012

A heartbreaking story of love and dedication told with remarkable compassion and literary skill.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 27 2012

Philadelphia sportswriter Kram elegantly tells a poignant and sad tale of struggle, loss, and love that illustrates both how quickly life can change and how deep our bonds to our families grow through times of crisis.

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Book-a-Holics

Good
Jun 28 2012

The author really knows how to bring everything together: the family, sports, friends, and anybody else who was touched by the events.

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Apr 27 2012

The is an amazing story of family love, written with a great honesty and tenderness.

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