Riding the bus with my sister a true life journey

by Simon, Rachel, 1959-

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Summary
A woman spends a year with her mentally challenged sister.
Contents
The Journey
The Time of Snows and Sorrow
Hitting the Road
The Professor
Fighting
The Pilgrim
Streetwise
Into Out There
The Dreamer
The Drivers' Room
The End of Play
Lunch with Jesse
Matchmaker
The Pursuit of Happiness
The Earth Mother
Disabilities
Goodbye
The Optimist
Break Shot
Gone
The Loner
Nowhere
Be Not Afraid
Inside the Tears
The Jester
Surgery
Releasing the Rebel
The Hunk
The Price of Being Human
Come Home, Little Girl
The Girlfriend
The Eighteenth Hole
Swans and Witches
Finding the Twin
Iz Gonna Be All Right
Beyond the Limits of the Sky
The Miracle Maker.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Because Simon's adult sister, Beth, is mentally retarded, she doesn't spend her days the way most people do. Her life is a stark contrast to that of the author, whose professional responsibilities often consume so much of her time that she has virtually no personal life. While Simon spends her days and nights writing and teaching, Beth makes the best of what her limited opportunities and meager income afford her. She rides the buses all day for the sheer joy of passing through the city and interacting with various drivers and passengers. Simon spent a year riding the buses with Beth and learns about a whole new world and a way of looking at life that is completely foreign to most middle-class people. The experience allows Rachel to forge a new understanding about her sister and her own life. The year spent with Beth prompted Rachel to reexamine their upbringing and ultimately to realize that Beth taught her as much as she taught her sister. Riding the Bus with My Sister is absorbing and honest. --June Pulliam"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This perceptive, uplifting chronicle shows how much Simon, a creative writing professor at Bryn Mawr College, had to learn from her mentally retarded sister, Beth, about life, love and happiness. Beth lives independently and is in a long-term romantic relationship, but perhaps the most surprising thing about her, certainly to her (mostly) supportive family, is how she spends her days riding buses. Six days a week (the buses don't run on Sundays in her unnamed Pennsylvania city), all day, she cruises around, chatting up her favorite drivers, dispensing advice and holding her ground against those who find her a nuisance. Rachel joined Beth on her rides for a year, a few days every two weeks, in an attempt to mend their distanced relationship and gain some insight into Beth's daily life. She wound up learning a great deal about herself and how narrowly she'd been seeing the world. Beth's community within the transit system is a much stronger network than the one Rachel has in her hectic world, and some of the portraits of drivers and the other people in Beth's life are unforgettable. Rachel juxtaposes this with the story of their childhood, including the dissolution of their parents' marriage and the devastating abandonment by their mother, the effect of which is tied poignantly to the sisters' present relationship. Although she is honest about the frustrations of relating to her stubborn sister, Rachel comes to a new appreciation of her, and it is a pleasure for readers to share in that discovery. Agent, Anne Edelstein. (Aug. 26) Forecast: A blurb from Rosie O'Donnell and an author tour should pique women readers' interest. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Simon, Rachel, 1959- Family
Authors, American 20th century Biography
Authors, American Family relationships 20th century
People with mental disabilities Pennsylvania Biography
People with mental disabilities Family relationships Pennsylvania
Sisters Pennsylvania Biography
Biography & Autobiography
Family & Relationships
New Age
Nonfiction
Pennsylvania Biography.
Electronic books.
1959-
20th century
20th century.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2013
2013
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780547344843
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