Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day--You're in Luck!

We've just added another RTG kit for your book group to enjoy! It's Breakfast With Buddha by Roland Merullo.

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 on 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 Cub’s 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.

Booklist, 9/01/07:
The skillful Merullo, using the lightest of touches, slowly turns this low-key comedy into a moving story of spiritual awakening.

Kirkus Reviews, 7/15/07:
...the author here provides a realistic framework that plays to his strengths as an astute observer of society and sympathetic analyst of individual psyches.

Library Journal, 9/01/07:
Especially well written, Merullo's second visionary novel (after Golfing with God) captures the spiritual struggle for true belief and inner peace with wit, clarity, and subtle reality.

Publisher's Weekly, 7/16/07
Merullo...delivers a comic but winningly spiritual roadtrip novel.
Breakfast With Buddha is being hosted by the Thornton Public Library, 726-8981.

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