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Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon
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Jul 23, 12

Read in July, 2012

This is truly an excellent read, particularly for anyone interested in persons with intellectual disabilities. This is a non-fiction account of two adults, one with mental retardation and her well-educated sister, who agrees to do what Beth, the intellectually challenged sibling, does all day long...rides the busses and gets to know the drivers. Rachel write about her compassion for her sister, her frustration with her sister's unwillingness to change, to work, to join a group or to 'inprove' herself in any way.

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"Maybe we are all Beths, boarding other people's life journeys, or letting them hop aboard ours. For a while we ride together. A few minutes, a few miles. Companions on the road, sharing our air and our view, our feet swaying to the same beat. Then you get off at your stop, or I get off on mine. Unless we decide to stay on longer together." (p. 251)
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