The Ride Together: A Brother and Sister's Memoir of Autism in the Fam
We looked like a cup of human fruit cocktail dumped onto the top of the house, each piece different but all out of the same can.
So begins a book unlike any other, half comics and half text, about a family that lives with autism -- and the strange life that is ordinary to them.
The oldest son, David, recites Superman episodes as he walks around the living room. A late-night...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Washington Square Press
(first published January 1st 2003)
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Jul 03, 2012 Jessie rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. The concept of alternating between comics and narrative-- with one sibling contributing the comics and the other the prose-- was fresh and intriguing. However, in both types of chapters I found myself unable to keep the "characters" separate from one another. In the comics, this was due to inconsistent portrayals; in the prose, it was because Karasik had a tendency to use three or four names interchangeably for each person she discussed. The r...more
Mar 15, 2012 Sean Kottke rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is a stirring memoir of living with a family member on the Spectrum. The alternating chapters, in prose and comics, provide extraordinary access to multiple sibling perspectives on growing up (and growing old) with a brother with autism over half a century, a time span much longer than that afforded by most traditional parent-written memoirs of autism. Unsparing and unsentimental, yet deeply humane.
Sep 30, 2008 Lizzie rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A good antidote to the book I just read, Secret Girl, by Molly Bruce Jacob. A much more nuanced and interesting book about growing up with an autistic sibling. They're still a nightmare family to me but at least they talk to each other.