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Riding the Bus with My Sister Paperback – March 5, 2013
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About the Author
- ASIN : 1455526169
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (March 5, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781455526161
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455526161
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.38 x 1.25 x 8.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #267,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beth lives on her own with support from her case management team. In terms of support, Beth has had a fantastic case management team and, through her obsession with riding the public buses in her city, has amazing support in an unusual sector—bus drivers. Rachel describes the group of drivers that befriend Beth, support her in ways that were heartwarming and surprising. Rachel makes the point that people who have DD/ID need that kind of support in order to be able to function in society but I couldn’t help feeling that we all do. That having that kind of support would make us kinder, more caring people. And actually that is what Rachel discovers in her year of riding with Beth, that she had cut herself off emotionally, discounted the importance of personal relationships, friends and lovers.
This is where the book veers a bit into “happily ever after” for Rachel. To her credit though, Rachel only adds that in ten years after her original book ended. And only at the urging of her publisher.
This review doesn’t really do the book justice. There is a lot to think about, chew over, in terms of how we view/feel about people who are differently abled, how we view people we meet even on a casual basis. Do we support a diverse society that includes people with special needs, people who are not like us, people that might make us uncomfortable at first? Are we willing to do the work to have relationships with them? Questions that I am still chewing over myself.