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Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon
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May 30, 2012

it was amazing
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Read from June 05 to 06, 2012

A great memoir documenting a year in the author's life as she tags along with her sister. Beth, the sister, is a mentally handicapped adult who is functioning enough to live on her own and be employed. However, instead of holding a job, Beth prefers to ride the city buses all day, learning all of the routes and schedules, and befriending drivers and passengers. Simon finds her life changed as she travels in circles with her sister. There are some really heartfelt emotional scenes that will open your eyes towards injustice as well as the beauty in life. There is also a surplus of honesty - Simon never glosses over how it feels to cope with a handicapped family member, recounting fights she picks with her sister, anger she feels, and the guilt that results from both. It's an amazing book, the second I've read by the author, and I'm eager to read more.
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