The Ride Together

The Ride Together

A Brother and Sister's Memoir of Autism in the Family

Book - 2003
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Meet the Karasiks, a typical middle-class 1960s family: one mother, one father, one daughter, and three sons, one of whom, David, has autism.The Ride Togetheris an extraordinary family memoir told in alternating chapters of comics and text. With a narrative that stretches over nearly fifty years, Paul and Judy Karasik -- he writes with pictures, she with words -- unite to relate the story of their family, their brother David, and the history of their relationship with him. In doing so, each comes to understand the responsibility David represents and the meaning his life gives theirs.In the pages ofThe Ride Together,David grows from child to man, remaining dependent on others, even as he witnesses his siblings leaving home -- and him -- for careers and lives of their own. He speaks in a code of his own; he performs his own versions ofThe Adventures of SupermanandFace the Nation;he writes page after page of television synopses.What he understands of life and death no one can truly tell, yet David walks through his days with dignity and, as it turns out, endurance.At first glance the adventure of this book is its brilliant experiment of form -- the story of a brother with autism told in a style that is as unusual as the subject matter. ButThe Ride Togethergoes deeper than that: It takes a family that may appear strange to some -- like many families with disabilities -- and reveals a group of people whose acceptance of what life has dealt them helps them persevere through good times and bad.Praised by writers for its craft and by families for its authenticity,The Ride Togetherprovides a remarkable portrait of a family with a difference.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, c2003.
ISBN: 9780743423366
Branch Call Number: 920 Kar
Characteristics: 199 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Karasik, Paul


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Sep 30, 2017

Very badly written, about family, not specifically autistic brother. Last chapter raises question about authorship. Vanity project. Of doubtful value.

CSchmidt1 Nov 21, 2011

This is a wonderful book and would help anyone who is trying to understand autism spectrum disorder and it's impact on the individual and family. I especially appreciated Paul Karasik's illustrations. The illustrations near the start of the book really help to build an understanding of the inner world of a child with autism. I highly recommend this book.


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