Riding the Bus with my Sister: A true life journey

by Rachel Simon | Nonfiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0452284554 Global Overview for this book
Registered by trevor4551 of Caloundra, Queensland Australia on 12/27/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by trevor4551 from Caloundra, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, December 27, 2006
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This perceptive, uplifting chronicle shows how much Simon, a creative writing professor at Bryn Mawr College, had to learn from her mentally retarded sister, Beth, about life, love and happiness. Beth lives independently and is in a long-term romantic relationship, but perhaps the most surprising thing about her, certainly to her (mostly) supportive family, is how she spends her days riding buses. Six days a week (the buses don't run on Sundays in her unnamed Pennsylvania city), all day, she cruises around, chatting up her favorite drivers, dispensing advice and holding her ground against those who find her a nuisance. Rachel joined Beth on her rides for a year, a few days every two weeks, in an attempt to mend their distanced relationship and gain some insight into Beth's daily life. She wound up learning a great deal about herself and how narrowly she'd been seeing the world. Beth's community within the transit system is a much stronger network than the one Rachel has in her hectic world, and some of the portraits of drivers and the other people in Beth's life are unforgettable. Rachel juxtaposes this with the story of their childhood, including the dissolution of their parents' marriage and the devastating abandonment by their mother, the effect of which is tied poignantly to the sisters' present relationship. Although she is honest about the frustrations of relating to her stubborn sister, Rachel comes to a new appreciation of her, and it is a pleasure for readers to share in that discovery.

Journal Entry 2 by trevor4551 from Caloundra, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, August 21, 2007
While I won’t say, like Rosie O’Donnell, that this book ‘touched my soul,’ I will remark that Rachel and Beth’s journey on the buses provided some insight into what happens when we accept people as they are, allow them to live their own lives, and avoid forcing our ideas of the ‘right’ way of living in this world upon them. Don’t get me wrong—the book was consistently entertaining. The chapters, however, felt a bit scattered. It was pretty easy to pick up and set down, as the chapters are so far spread.

Passing on to my sister, who enjoys memoirs.

Journal Entry 3 by trevor4551 from Caloundra, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Passed on to my sister... I'm sure it will never been journaled. :)

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