Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey
Beth is a spirited woman with mental retardation, who spends nearly every day riding the buses in Philadelphia. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community. When Beth asks her sister Rachel to accompany her on the buses for one year, they take a... show more
Beth is a spirited woman with mental retardation, who spends nearly every day riding the buses in Philadelphia. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community. When Beth asks her sister Rachel to accompany her on the buses for one year, they take a transcendent journey together that changes Rachel's life in incredible ways and leads her to accept her sister at long last—teaching her to slow down and enjoy the ride. 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)
Publish date: August 26th 2003
Pages no: 296
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Biography Memoir
, Mental Health
, Mental Illness
This is one of those novels that makes you feel good. It’s about making you stop and enjoy the smaller things in life, it’s about noticing someone other than yourself and it’s about realizing that we’re really all the same, we just go about life differently. In this novel, Rachel is beginning to p...
I doubt very much that I would ever have chosen this book to read without some help from my fellow bookclub members, as true stories are not really my cup of tea. Taking that into consideration, I did quite like this book. It is well written and has quite endearing and well-described characters. I c...
Sappy, but good. It's hard to believe that it is all so perfectly true; some of the bus drivers are just a bit too much overdone...they seem to be caricatures of people, rather than real people, but overall it was entertaining, enlightening, and a fun and easy read. I worked with developmentally d...
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What a great bus ride! Did Beth ever turn the tables on Rachel! Rachel agrees to meet up with Beth every month and ride the buses with her, something Beth loves to do. Beth is mentally disabled and Rachel feels she will be helping her sister. And she does, in a way. But, more, Rachel learns from Bet...