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S. Zainab Williams

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This giveaway is sponsored by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and publisher of Driving Miss Norma by Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle.

At the age of 90, in the same hospital where her husband of 67 years passed away just days earlier, Miss Norma received the news that she had cancer. Declining traditional cancer treatment, Miss Norma opted instead to live the remainder of her life to the fullest, traveling the country in an RV with her son Tim, his wife Ramie, and their poodle, Ringo. As Miss Norma put it to her oncologist: “I’m 90 years old. I’m hitting the road”. Come along for the ride of this unforgettable journey, and let Miss Norma inspire you to say YES to living.

Life is as much about the detours as the details. We asked you to share your favorite books about changing your life, and you responded. Here are 30 of your favorites!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Second Lap: Going the Distance in the Race of Life by Malcolm McLoughlin

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Being Perfect by Anna Quindlen

How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by John C. Maxwell

The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Night Swimming by Robin Schwarz

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir by Abigail Thomas

Looking For Alaska by John Green

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

A Weekend to Change Your Life by Joan Anderson

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Transform Your Life by Kelsang Gyatso

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris

From the Ground Up by Amy Stewart

Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive by Laura Hillenbrand

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin