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The Ride Together

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

About The Book

We looked like a cup of human fruit cocktail dumped onto the top of the house, each piece different but all out of the same can.
So begins a book unlike any other, half comics and half text, about a family that lives with autism -- and the strange life that is ordinary to them.
The oldest son, David, recites Superman episodes as he walks around the living room. A late-night family poker game spirals into a fog-driven duel. A thug from an old black-and-white rerun crawls out of the television. A housekeeper transforms into an avenging angel. A broken plate signals a terrible change in the family that none of them can prevent...until it's too late.
This groundbreaking work was excerpted in The New York Times for its ability to honestly, eloquently, and respectfully set forth what life is like with autism in the family. What sets The Ride Together apart is its combination of imagination and realism -- its vision of a family's inner world -- with David at the center.

About The Authors

Photo Credit:

Paul Karasik's work has appeared in The New Yorker and Nickelodeon magazine. A former associate editor of Art Spiegelman's RAW, he is cocreator of the prize-winning graphic adaptation of Paul Auster's City of Glass.

Photo Credit:

Judy Karasik, an editor, writer, and consultant for foundations, nonprofits, and government, was a judge for the National Book Award in Poetry and the National Endowment for the Arts Prose Panel. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and The Boston Globe, among other publications.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (September 14, 2004)
  • Length: 208 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743423373

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Raves and Reviews

Louise Erdrich best-selling author of Love Medicine [A] book of honesty and gentle wit.

Jules Feiffer A touching family memoir presented in alternating chapters by a sister who writes and a younger brother who writes and draws a style so intimate and low-key that it is almost self-effacing. It could break your heart if you weren't smiling.

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