Beth is a spirited woman with an intellectual disability who spends nearly every day riding the buses in her Pennsylvania city. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community. Beth, who lives independently and has a boyfriend, is a joyful, endearing, and feisty individual. Her single sister, Rachel, a writer and professor, masks her emotional isolation and loneliness behind her hyperbusy schedule. When Beth asks Rachel to accompany her on the buses for one year, they take a transcendent journey that changes Rachel’s life in incredible ways, leads her to accept her sister at long last—and teaches her to slow down and enjoy the ride.
Rachel Simon’s memoir Riding the Bus with My Sister was made into a television movie starring Rosie O’Donnell and Andie McDowell, directed by Anjelica Huston.
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