Precious Cargo: My Year of Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077 Read Online Free - Surprising and revelatory non-fiction from a talented young writer whose last book, Cataract City, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Book Prize, and was a Globe Best Book and national bestseller.
With his last novel, Cataract City, Craig Davidson established himself as one of our most talented novelists. But in his early thirties, before writing that novel and before his previous work, Rust and Bone, was made into an Oscar-nominated film, Davidson experienced a period of poverty, apparent failure and despair. In this new work of intimate, riveting and timely non-fiction, based loosely on a National Magazine Award-winning article he published in The Walrus, Davidson tells the story of one year in his life--a year during which he came to a new, mature understanding of his own life and his connection to others. Or, as Davidson would say, he became an adult.
One morning in 2008, desperate and impoverished and living in a one-room basement apartment while trying unsuccessfully to write, Davidson plucked a flyer out of his mailbox that read, "Bus Drivers Wanted." That was the first step towards an unlikely new career: driving a school bus full of special-needs kids for a year. Armed only with a sense of humour akin to that of his charges, a creative approach to the challenge of driving a large, awkward vehicle while corralling a rowdy gang of kids, and surprising but unsentimental reserves of empathy, Davidson takes us along for the ride. He shows us how his evolving relationship with the kids on that bus, each of them struggling physically as well as emotionally and socially, slowly but surely changed his life along with the lives of the "precious cargo" in his care. This is the extraordinary story of that year and those relationships. It is also a moving, important and universal story about how we see and treat people with special needs in our society.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
|Title||:||Precious Cargo: My Year of Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
February 06, 2018
What a beautiful surprise!
Read it! Read this book! It was funny and fantastic and so well written. I laughed so hard I spit out my food at one point. I shed a tear near the end. I felt everything, every sentence, travel right up inside my veins and straight into my heart.
The book is endearing a...
April 29, 2016
I was sitting on the edge of my seat as Craig Davidson was previewing raw, unpublished writing about piloting a school bus with special needs children in Calgary and the bonds he formed with his “cargo”. It was a 2015 reading. I was transfixed. I was mesmerized. These children provided him an unf...
April 18, 2016
Author Craig Davidson had been having trouble making ends meet when he took a chance on a job posting for a school bus driver for special needs kids. Originally written as a piece for Avenue magazine, Craig expanded his experience into a full length memoir. Davidson rounds out the book by adding...
February 10, 2018
Precious Cargo had been sitting on my shelf since I met Craig Davidson at the Grimsby Author Series in November 2016. I picked it up again when I met Craig at the One Book One Brant Event in April 2017 which united the community to read his novel, Cataract...
February 13, 2018
This is a personal memoir about a year the author spent driving some middle school and high school aged kids with disabilities on a school bus. The author is very open and honest about his own views and the personal growth he experienced from his daily contact with thee kids and how much they tau...
May 26, 2016
Ugh! That was a little torturous to be Honest!
The write up sounded awesome but once reading I realized he just need to churn out a book to his publisher! I hardly paid attention past halfway! The narrative is whiny and self loathing and really more about what a loser he was than about the kids
January 20, 2018
I’ve got to hand it to you Mr. Davidson, if it was your goal to be able to give a voice to a largely ignored portion of our society, you seem to have accomplished your objective with enthusiasm.
Children with special needs have different challenges but sometimes people are more than they appear t...
February 15, 2018
If not for my beloved Canada Reads competition, I would never have picked this up. Call me cynical, but stories that are hopeful and quaint are just not my thing (I'm not sure what this says about me). The reason I love Canada Reads is that it forces me to read books that aren't in my wheelhouse,...
February 12, 2018
4 Feb 2018 I put the book down one quarter of the way in because, as I turned the page, I felt my gorge rise. He seriously likes the sound of his own voice—not in a good way.
12 Feb 2018 I realized upon further reflection that my visceral reaction is probably influenced by my feelings by another a...
February 12, 2018
Two down, three to go. A light but compelling read, I wish there was a little more depth there but I think this could be eye-opening for people who haven’t met many disabled people. #canadareads2018