Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 5, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Rachel Simon’s sister Beth is a spirited woman who lives intensely and often joyfully. Beth, who is intellectually disabled, spends her days riding the buses in her Pennsylvania city. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community. One day, Beth asked Rachel to accompany her on the buses for an entire year. This wise, funny, deeply affecting book is the chronicle of that remarkable time. Rachel, a writer and college teacher whose hyperbusy life camouflaged her emotional isolation, had much to learn in her sister’s extraordinary world. These are life lessons from which every reader can profit: how to live in the moment, how to pay attention to what really matters, how to change, how to love—and how to slow down and enjoy the ride.
Elegantly woven throughout the odyssey are riveting memories of terrifying maternal abandonment, fierce sisterly loyalty, and astonishing forgiveness. Rachel Simon brings to light the almost invisible world of intellectual disability, finds unlikely heroes in everyday life, and, without sentimentality, portrays Beth as the endearing, feisty, independent person she is. This heartwarming book about the unbreakable bond between two very different sisters takes the reader on an inspirational journey at once unique and universal.
 

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User Review  - heidi.donner - LibraryThing

A great memoir documenting a year in the author's life as she tags along with her sister who is mentally challenged. This would be a good book to introduce students to the differences they all have and to bring up topics that may be hard to cover. Good for students above second grade. Read full review

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User Review  - homeschoolmimzi - LibraryThing

I liked this book a lot. I enjoy reading people's thoughts about something life changing. I found it to be honest, endearing and interesting to read. Read full review

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Contents

February
25
March
47
April
79
May
105
June
131
July
155
August
173
September
199
December
263
January
277
A Year and a Half Later
289
Ten Years Later
294
Back Matter
379
Back Flap
387
Back Cover
388
Spine
389

October
223
November
245

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About the author (2013)

Rachel Simon is an award-winning author and nationally known public speaker. She is best known for her critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir Riding the Bus with My Sister, which was adapted for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie of the same name. The book has garnered numerous awards, and is a frequent and much beloved selection of many book clubs, school reading programs, and city-wide reads throughout the country. Simon is also the author of the bestselling novel The Story of Beautiful Girl. She lives in Delaware and can be reached through her website, www.RachelSimon.com.

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