Breakfast at Sally's by Richard LeMieux
One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey

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One day, Richard LeMieux had a happy marriage, a palatial home, and took $40,000 Greek vacations. The next, he was living out of a van with only his dog, Willow, for company. This astonishingly frank memoir tells the story of one man's resilience in the face of economic disaster. Penniless, a failed suicide, estranged from his family, and living "the vehicular lifestyle" in Washington state, LeMieux chronicles his journey from the Salvation Army kitchens to his days with "C"—a philosopher in a homeless man's clothing—to his run-ins with Pastor Bob and other characters he meets on the streets. Along the way, he finds time to haunt public libraries and discover his desire to write.

LeMieux's quiet determination and his almost pious willingness to live with his situation are only a part of this politically and socially charged memoir. The real story of an all-too-common American condition, this is a heartfelt and stirring read.

 

About Richard LeMieux

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Richard LeMieux is a writer and ex-businessman and has been homeless to varying degrees for years. He is now a public speaker and travels to various events throughout America, talking about Breakfast at Sally's and his experiences as a homeless person. He and Willow lived together in Bremerton, Washington, until Willow's passing on November 21st, 2009.
 
Published October 17, 2008 by Skyhorse Publishing. 444 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Readable and thoroughly life-affirming.

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Poignant account of an unexpectedly homeless man's road to rebirth, accompanied by his trusty canine companion.

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“Sally’s” is what the homeless call the Salvation Army’s soup kitchen. LeMieux is a first-time author whose memoir chronicles his descent as a conservative publisher who los

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“Sally’s” is what the homeless call the Salvation Army’s soup kitchen. LeMieux is a first-time author whose memoir chronicles his descent as a conservative publisher who los

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LeMieux had it all in the greater Seattle, WA area: multiple ...

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