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Breakfast with Buddha

Otto Ringling is a straightlaced publishing executive with two kids, a lovely wife, a fine home in a fancy New York suburb, and a nagging suspicion that something's missing. How, then, does he end up traveling through Middle America with a berobed Mongolian monk? Ah. The real question to ask is, Why? When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto, 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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"The lessons imparted are neither new nor startling (live fully in the moment, etc.), but Merullo eloquently conveys their simple power....Spiritual fiction is a byway little traveled by mainstream authors, but Merullo has grown so persuasive over the course of two luminous little novels that readers might well follow him even if he turned next to, say, Mornings with Mohammed."--"Kirkus" Reviews "The skillful Merullo, using the lightest of touches, slowly turns this low-key comedy into a moving story of spiritual awakening."--Booklist "A laugh-out loud novel that's both comical and wise...balancing irreverence with insight."-The Louisville Courier-Journal "A wonderful, heartfelt novel that frequently surprises as we're lulled by the sights and sounds of the open road"--Providence Journal "[Merullo's] gift is slipping gentle spiritual lessons into easy-reading narratives...with such effortless charm."-The Christian Science Monitor "Insightful, amusing, loving...There are lovely moments of enlightenment that are not accompanied by angels with flaming swords; rather, there is that peaceful blue sphere that is available to all of us."-The Seattle Times A "pleasant, engaging novel . . . I got to liking "Breakfast With Buddha" more and more as I went along and was very sorry when it ended . . . it's such a sweet formula! . . . On finishing this book, I decided that Roland Merullo would be a great guy to take a road trip with."----Carolyn See "The Washington Post " "Enlightenment meets "On the Road" in this witty, insightful novel." The Boston Sunday Globe" "Enlightenment meets On the Road in this witty, insightful novel."-The Boston Sunday Globe "Enlightenment meets On the Road in this witty, insightful novel."--The Boston Sunday Globe

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