Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

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Algonquin Books, Aug 26, 2008 - Fiction - 336 pages
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When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger—and amuse himself—he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way. From a chocolate factory in Hershey to a bowling alley in South Bend, from a Cubs game at Wrigley field to his family farm near Bismarck, Otto is given the remarkable opportunity to see his world—and more important, his life—through someone else's eyes. Gradually, skepticism yields to amazement as he realizes that his companion might just be the real thing.

In Roland Merullo's masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder, bemusement, and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he's missing in the most unexpected place.
 

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User Review  - maneekuhi - LibraryThing

Road trip books are very popular these days, both as memoirs and settings for novels. So hats off to author Merullo for presenting a journey into America's heartland as background for what otherwise ... Read full review

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User Review  - weird_O - LibraryThing

Sorry. I just can't be enthusiastic about this book. Oh, it's easy-reading, the author is a good writer, the trip is well-structured with clever twists and surprises. But you can see where the story ... Read full review

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Contents

TWO
6
THREE
11
FOUR
18
FIVE
21
SIX
28
SEVEN
40
EIGHT
47
NINE
52
TWENTYSEVEN
188
TWENTYEIGHT
197
TWENTYNINE
205
THIRTY
209
THIRTYONE
211
THIRTYTWO
215
THIRTYTHREE
225
THIRTYFOUR
232

TEN
65
ElEVEN
75
TWELVE
82
THIRTEEN
93
FOURTEEN
101
FIFTEEN
113
SIXTEEN
122
SEVENTEEN
126
EIGHTEEN
134
NINETEEN
138
TWENTY
148
TWENTYONE
152
TWENTYTWO
155
TWENTYTHREE
161
TWENTYFOUR
167
TWENTYFIVE
175
TWENTYSIX
183
THIRTYFIVE
239
THIRTYSIX
246
THIRTYSEVEN
250
THIRTYEIGHT
262
THIRTYNINE
267
FORTY
273
FORTYONE
279
FORTYTWO
289
FORTYTHREE
299
FORTYFOUR
306
FORTYFIVE
311
AUTHORS NOTE
321
A Conversation with the Author
327
Questions and Topics for Discussion
333
New from Roland Merullo
336
Other Algonquin Readers Round Table Novels
337
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Roland Merullo is the critically acclaimed author of five books of nonfiction and twelve novels, including the Revere Beach Trilogy, Golfing with God, Breakfast with Buddha, The Vatican Waltz, and Dinner with Buddha. He lives with his wife and children in Massachusetts. His website is www.rolandmerullo.com.

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