Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007 - Fiction - 323 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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One of my favorite books!

User Review  - msmmsm - Borders

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time! Besides being entertaining it has very positive messages about how to relate to other people. I've already given this book as a gift to a few ... Read full review

Wonderful book

User Review  - Amadancer1 - Borders

I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Roland Merullo. His engaging style really kept me reading. Otto, the main character, was so real and interesting, as was the Rimpoche with whom he was travelling. The ... Read full review


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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

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