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Beth is a spirited woman with an intellectual disability who spends nearly every day riding the buses in her Pennsylvania city. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community. Beth, who lives independently and has a boyfriend, is a joyful, endearing, and feisty individual. Her single sister, Rachel, a writer and professor, hides her emotional isolation and loneliness behind a driven lifestyle that keeps her "hyperbusy, hypercritical, hyperventilating." When Beth asks Rachel to accompany her on the buses for one year, they take a transcendent journey that changes Rachel's life in incredible ways, leads her to accept her sister at long last-and teaches her to slow down and enjoy the ride.
Rachel Simon's memoir Riding the Bus with My Sister was made into a television movie starring Rosie O'Donnell and Andie McDowell, directed by Anjelica Huston.
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By Sylvia on 08-24-15
True story unlike most others! Fascinating!
Would you listen to Riding the Bus with My Sister again? Why?
Probably not, simply because I "got it" the first time around. The personality of "my sister", Beth, was fine for one listen, but I do not think I would enjoy it for a second listen. The narration was so realistic that I experienced Beth as somewhat obnoxious- not her personality, but her vocal inflections. So once was enough. But once was great!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Riding the Bus with My Sister?
The revelations shared by some of the bus drivers were eye-opening. The real-life interactions and reactions of people to Beth and Beth's indomitable spirit were so very interesting.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
This book was fascinating. I always wanted to know, "what happens next", and so I listened as often as I could. It is a human life adventure - and true! Rachel has a unique ability as a writer to reconstruct situations from her memories in such a way that I felt like I was there watching them happen. Nothing seemed to be left out. (I can't even do that for myself with most of my own memories!)
Any additional comments?
This book opened up for me the world of the "mentally retarded" adult in a new way. Rachel's narration was excellent. I especially enjoyed the true life stories that were shared about the various characters in addition to her sister. Rachel's own journey, really interested me and helped me see some things differently in my own life!
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