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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,582 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rachel Simon Narrator: Rachel Simon Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “An amazing book…It touched my soul.”  

    Rosie O'Donnell

  • “A heartwarming, life-affirming journey through both the present and the past… Read this book. It might just change your life.”

    Boston Herald

  • “Stirring…authentic and impressive, an enriching story of reconciliation and rediscovery. A terrific, heartwarming ride.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Clear writing and repeated conversations allow readers to hear the voices of both sisters. There is much to mull over, to enjoy, and to savor in this book.”

    Library Journal

  • “[A] perceptive, uplifting chronicle.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Clear writing and repeated conversations allow readers to hear the voices of both sisters. There is much to mull over, to enjoy, and to savor in this book.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Krystal | 2/20/2014

    " I very much liked this book. Reading of the way her sister lives and how she manages to cope with her disability, inspires the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellyn | 2/18/2014

    " The author's sister, Beth, is a lively, colorful woman with an intellectual disability who spends her days riding the buses in her mid-size Pennsylvania town. When Beth invites Rachel to accompany her on the buses a few days a month for one year, Rachel agrees, and this book chronicles that year as Rachel enters her sister's world and comes to know the bus drivers who make up Beth's own little community. In alternating chapters, Rachel reflects back on her childhood with Beth and on their family story. I thought this book was a really insightful and fascinating look at life with an intellectual disability and its impact on the entire family. It's a very honest book, in terms of both the author's and society's reactions to Beth, both positive and negative, and I appreciated that; it couldn't have been an easy book to write, and I thought it was both real and nonjudgmental. My only complaint was that I had a hard time keeping all of the drivers straight, and I also thought that some of them seemed a bit too good to be true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/18/2014

    " An must read for siblings/parents of a mentally disabled family member. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Paula | 2/9/2014

    " As a parent of a child with special needs, there were some scenes that were a little too close to home for me. "

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About the Author
Author Rachel Simon

Rachel Simon is an award-winning author and nationally known public speaker. She is best known for her bestselling memoir Riding The Bus with My Sister, which was adapted for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie of the same name. Her other works include the New York Times bestseller The Story of a Beautiful Girl, The Writer’s Survival Guide, The Magic Touch, and others. Her books are frequent selections of book clubs and school reading programs around the country. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware.