Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
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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.

A sequel, entitled Lunch with Buddha, is now available.  In a starred review, Kirkus magazine called this novel which continues the journey of Otto and Rinpoche, "a beautifully written and compelling story about a man's search for meaning that earnestly and accessibly tackles some well-trodden but universal questions" and a "quiet meditation on life, death, darkness and spirituality, sprinkled with humor, tenderness and stunning landscapes."  

About Roland Merullo

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Roland Merullo, is the critically acclaimed author of seven books, including the Revere Beach Trilogy, three novels about growing up in a tight-knit community outside Boston, and Golfing with God, a novel about a man's unexpected spiritual journey. He lives with his wife and two daughters in eastern Massachusetts.
Published September 7, 2007 by Algonquin Books. 323 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And he’s infuriated when Cecelia informs him she’s not going after all, but sending instead her “guru,” Volya Rinpoche, to whom she intends to donate the family farmhouse and her share of the land for a retreat in North Dakota.

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Breakfast with Buddha, by Roland Merullo, is the story of Otto Ringling (no relation to the circus brothers) and his physical and spiritual journey from New Jersey to North Dakota.

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Rinpoche dubs Otto as “angry” toward life in general.

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Michael Lee Critical Summary With Breakfast with Buddha, Roland Merullo, the author of seven books, including the critically acclaimed Revere Beach Trilogy and A Little Love Story ( 4 of 5 Stars Selection Jan/Feb 2006), takes on one of the oldest and most popular literary genres—the road no...

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Otto Ringling, a Regular Joe is conned by his hippy sister into taking a road trip from New York City to Stark County, N.D., with Volya Rinpoche, a most holy man.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Otto Ringling is a food book editor who is happily married and lives in a New York suburb with a family.

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