My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids with Disabilities

SKU: 9781604861099
Editors: Yantra Bertelli, Jennifer Silverman, Sarah Talbot
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604861099
Published: 10/2009
Format: Paperback
Page count: 336
Size: 6 x 9
Subjects: Childrens: Parenting
Price:
$20.00

Qty: - +

 

In lives where there is a new diagnosis or drama every day, the stories in this collection provide parents of “special needs” kids with a welcome chuckle, a rock to stand on, and a moment of reality held far enough from the heart to see clearly. Featuring works by “alternative” parents who have attempted to move away from mainstream thought--or remove its influence altogether--this anthology, taken as a whole, carefully considers the implications of parenting while raising children with disabilities.

From professional writers to novice storytellers including Robert Rummel-Hudson, Ayun Halliday, and Kerry Cohen, this assortment of authentic, shared experiences from parents at the fringe of the fringes is a partial antidote to the stories that misrepresent, ridicule, and objectify disabled kids and their parents.

Reviews:

"This is a collection of beautifully written stories, incredibly open and well articulated, complicated and diverse: about human rights and human emotions. About love, and difficulties; informative and supportive. Wise, non-conformist, and absolutely punk rock!" --China Martens, author of The Future Generation: The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends and Others

"If only that lady in the grocery store and all of those other so-called parenting experts would read this book! These true-life tales by mothers and fathers raising kids with 'special needs' on the outer fringes of mainstream America are by turns empowering, heartbreaking, inspiring, maddening, and even humorous. Readers will be moved by the bold honesty of these voices, and by the fierce love and determination that rings throughout. This book is a vital addition to the public discourse on disability." --Suzanne Kamata, editor of Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs

"This is the most important book I've read in years. Whether you are subject or ally, My Baby Rides the Short Bus will open you--with its truth, humanity, and poetry. Lucky you to have found it. Now stick it in your heart." --Ariel Gore, founding editor of Hip Mama

"Disability is a uniquely humbling and equal experience, sometimes expected, often striking without warning. These parents are honest about both the distressing and illuminating facts of their lives; the stories are caustic, exhilarating, fierce, funny, harrowing. Yet despite the intricate and often overwhelming challenges they face, these parents and children never succumb to maudlin stereotypes, because, as one contributor learns, 'it isn't saintly to take care of someone you love.'" --Bee Lavender, author of Lessons in Taxidermy: A Compendium of Safety and Danger

About the Editors:

Jennifer Silverman is an optimist in a pessimist’s clothing. She lives, writes and agitates in NYC, where she is raising two boys, one of whom is autistic. Jennifer has most recently been published in Off Our Backs and Hip Mama, but has written for a variety of parenting publications and community newspapers. She has spoken about her experience raising her son while being an activist at conferences in Washington DC, Minneapolis, Providence and New York with m*a*m*a, a now defunct collective of radical mothers.

Sarah Talbot has been raising an autistic deaf punk-rocker since 1994. She and the other five members of her family reside happily in Seattle, Washington where she makes a living as an Assistant Principal at a comprehensive High School. She has come to be comfortable embodying contradictions--pleading for more services while recognizing progress, advocating for inclusion and protecting teachers, being the mom and being the writer. Sarah has been published in Breeder: Stories from the New Generation of Mothers, and Best Books For High School Students, among numerous alternative periodical publications.

Yantra Bertelli is the mother of four children and an unlikely pet owner. She lives and works in Seattle with her wife and family and thinks up different ways to manage transitions 250,000 times a day. She tends to nudge her children a bit softer than she pushes herself and she always stays up until they have finished their homework or they finally succumb to sleep after putting them to bed over and over again. Yantra was one of the founding publishers of Rag Magazine, was a moderator for Hip Mama website, and has essays published in Breeder: Real Life Stories From the New Generation of Mothers  and The Essential Hipmama: Writing From the Cutting Edge of Parenting.

See and hear editor interviews, book reviews, and other news with Jennifer Silverman HERE, Sarah Talbot HERE, or Yantra Bertelli HERE

Click here for one-page information sheet on this product

Your Name:
Your Email:
Friends Name:
Friends Email:
Message:
Verification:
Related Products
SKU: 9781629631516
Alana Apfel
Birth Work as Care Work presents a vibrant collection of stories and insights from the front lines of birth activist communities.
$14.95

SKU: 9781629631103
Editors: Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams
Inspired by the legacy of radical and queer black feminists of the 1970s and ‘80s, this anthology centers around mothers of color and marginalized mothers' voices.
$17.95

SKU: 9781604863291
Jacinta Bunnell • Illustrator: Nathaniel Kusinitz
Sometimes the Spoon... aids the work of dismantling the Princess Industrial Complex by moving us forward with more honest representations of our children and ourselves.
$10.00

SKU: 9781604864816
Editors: Jeremy Adam Smith and Tomas Moniz
The best pieces from the award-winning zine Rad Dad and from the blog Daddy Dialectic, two kindred publications that have tried to explore parenting as political territory.
$15.00

SKU: 9781604864229
Cynthia Chin-Lee • Illustrator: Lea Lyon
This picture book shows the heartwarming and humorous actions of Alex and her younger brother, Nicky, to convince their parents to get married before the passage of Prop 8.
$14.95

SKU: 9781604863178
Summer Brenner
Blend a spoonful of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist, a dash of Maupin's Tales of the City, and a few pinches of the Adventures of Lassie and you get a powerful, fast-moving novel for young and old alike.
$15.00

SKU: 9781604861983
Pegi Deitz Shea
A powerful novel about a teen struggling with flashbacks from his war-torn past in Africa. Follow Abe through track meets, dates, and loving interactions with his adopted family while uncovering terrible memories of the war.
$15.00

SKU: 9781604862003
Queen of the Neighbourhood
A radical feminist history and street art resource for inspired readers!
$14.00

SKU: 9781604861099d
Editors: Yantra Bertelli, Jennifer Silverman, Sarah Talbot
The stories in this collection provide parents of "special-needs" kids with a dose of both laughter and reality.
$8.95

SKU: 9781604860764
Jacinta Bunnell and Julie Novak
Girls Are Not Chicks is a subversive and playful way to examine how pervasive gender stereotypes are in every aspect of our lives.
$10.00

SKU: 9781604863963
Victoria Law and China Martens
Don't Leave Your Friends Behind focuses on issues affecting children and caregivers within the larger framework of social justice, mutual aid, and collective liberation.
$17.95

Cart Contents

Your cart is currently empty

Subtotal: $0.00

View Cart & Checkout

GET OUR NEWSLETTER

Recent Posts

PM Press ©Copyright 2019 PM Press   -   Powered by SunShop "Shopping Cart Software"

  • paypal
  • mastercard
  • visa