Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., Oct 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 433 pages
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Once a happily married businessman, avid golfer, and the proud owner of several luxury cars and three boats, conservative-minded Richard LeMieux saw his fortune change almost overnight. In this astonishingly heartfelt memoir, he describes his descent into homelessness and his struggle to survive personal and economic disaster. Evicted from his home in 2002 and living with his dog, Willow, in a beat-up old van, LeMieux finds himself penniless and estranged from his family and friends. He dines at the Salvation Army (aka Sally’s), attempts suicide, and is treated at a mental hospital where he is diagnosed with depression.

Writing on a secondhand manual typewriter, first at a picnic table in a public park, and then wherever he can, LeMieux describes his odyssey and the quirky, diverse, and endearing cast of characters found among the homeless people of Bremerton, Washington, and, by extension, every-where else. Breakfast at Sally’s is a rare inside-look at how the other America lives, and how one man, beaten down and alone, was able to reconnect, find good people, and ultimately, with their help, to persevere.

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User Review  - TerriS - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book so much, and it really made me think--with my head and my heart! It is the true story of the author, Richard Lemieux, a businessman who lost his business, went into a depression ... Read full review

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User Review  - lisa.schureman - LibraryThing

A very engaging book which turns the homeless into people as the author interacts, helps and receives help from the very homeless community in which he finds himself. Everyday dealing with clinical ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Richard LeMieux is a writer and ex-businessman who was once happily married and the owner of several cars and three boats. Evicted from his luxury home after his business failed, and living with his dog, Willow, in a beat-up old van, LeMieux wrote Breakfast at Sally's on a secondhand typewriter. He is now a public speaker, talking about his experiences as a homeless person. He and Willow live in Bremerton, Washington.

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