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Riding the Bus with My Sister
Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey | Rachel Simon
In the ten years since Rachel Simon first invited the world to board the bus with her and her sister, Cool Beth, readers across the globe have been moved by their story. Now, in an updated edition, Rachel Simon reflects on changes in her life, Beth's life, and the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The highlight is Beth's update, which is in her own words. A new reader's guide is also included. Join these two unforgettable sisters on their journey, this time in an even deeper and richer way. Rachel Simons sister Beth is a spirited woman who lives intensely and often joyfully. Beth, who has an intellectual disability, spends her days riding the buses in her unnamed Pennsylvania city. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community. One day, Beth asks Rachel to accompany her on the buses for an entire year. This wise, funny, deeply affecting true story 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 sisters extraordinary world. Full of life lessons from which any reader will profit, Riding the Bus with My Sister is "a heartwarming, life-affirming journey through both the present and the past . . . [that] might just change your life" (Boston Herald) 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 adults with developmental disabilities, finds unlikely heroes in everyday life, and, without sentimentality, portrays Beth as the endearing, feisty, independent person she is. This heartwarming memoir about the unbreakable bond between two very different sisters takes the reader on an inspirational journey at once unique and universal. Riding the Bus with My Sister was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starring Rosie O'Donnell and Andie McDowell, and directed by Anjelica Huston.
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Beth found community among the bus drivers and rides the bus daily. Her sister, Rachel agreed to ride the bus with Beth for a year and in doing so, learned to accept her sister and her sister‘s independence. 3/5🚍s. I watched the made for TV movie on YouTube, but can‘t recommend it. #AlphabetChallenge “R” from my shelves.

I would be interested in a book from Beth & Rachel‘s mother‘s POV. She made some questionable choices in my opinion.

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@Hooked_on_books @BookishBelle @Shadowfat Hello Group! Here are some choices that I have pulled from my stacks. Let me know if you‘ve read them or if you have interest in any particular one. I‘m excited to start a new round. @suvata

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Hooked_on_books These all look really interesting and I haven‘t read any of them. I think I‘d be happy with any of these choices! 3y
Shadowfat The Astor Orphan and Handd of My Father sound the most interesting to me 🙂 3y
BookishBelle I am also most interested in Astor Orphan or Hands of My Father. 3y
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1. Finished tagged book while languishing at OHare airport for several hours today-
2. So far? Lost Girls of Paris-Pam Jenoff
3. In Pieces-Sally Field thx to a surprise package today from:

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🥰❤️

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Libby1 O‘Hare isn‘t the most fun place to be. I hope you‘re going somewhere nice! 3y
Eggs Yes @Libby1 my “somewhere nice” was Home 🤗 3y
Libby1 Yippee, @Eggs 😊 3y
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Samplergal
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Something with travel. #nonfiction2019

Julsmarshall You are killing it! Well done! 4y
tammysue YAY!! 💗 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Nevermind, you‘ll have coverall way before summer! LOL. @Julsmarshall is right, you are killing it! 4y
Smarkies Oh wow! Look at that Bingo board! 4y
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Anyone with a family member with disabilities will relate to this book. The honest writing kept me engaged, as the author comes to terms with her emotions about her adult sister with mental disabilities. I give it four stars, which is for the honesty in the book. #nonfiction2019

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A lovely book about a woman coming to terms with her adult intellectually challenged sister, as well as finding herself. #nonfiction2019.

karajay I didn't know this was a book! 4y
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"not thinking of what I can get, but thinking of what I can give"

Rachel Simon (above right) learned a great deal about herself, her sister, and other people during the year she spent riding the bus with her developmentally disabled sister Beth (above left). This memoir taught me as well. #photoadaynov16

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