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Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey by Rachel Simon
Rachel Simon has written a memoir about a year she spent riding the bus with her mentally retarded sister, Beth. To combat the isolation of living alone and striving to maintain her independence while finding a community where she can interact, Beth had taken to riding the buses in her Pennsylvania city all day. One day she asked Rachel, a writer and college teacher, to spend a year riding the buses with her. Note only does Rachel discover the compassion, friendship, and mentoring provided to Beth by the drivers and regular commuters, but she also reconnects with her sister and finds meaning in her own emotionally isolated life. Riding the Bus with My Sister brings to life the feisty and independent Beth, shows the bonds of sisterhood, and provides an inspirational journey through a world few people know. Receiving praise from all quarters, the Rocky Mountain News calls it "authentic and impressive, an enriching story of reconciliation and rediscovery."