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DINNER WITH BUDDHA

Algonquin’s long-awaited follow-up to Breakfast with Buddha--one of our best-loved “word of mouth” bestsellers (with 200,000 copies in print)--finds Otto Ringling and Mongolian monk Volya Rinpoche on another unexpected road trip of discovery.
In Roland Merullo’s Breakfast with Buddha an inveterate skeptic and a world-renowned spiritual master set off across America; the Boston Globe raved, “Enlightenment meets On the Road, in this witty, insightful novel.” Now, some eight years later, the world has spun a few times, and what had been certainties in both men’s lives have proved fleeting. Otto’s future is less than clear after the death of his wife, the departure...

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VATICAN WALTZ

The new novel from the award-winning author of Breakfast with Buddha and Revere Beach Boulevard tells the story of a young catholic woman jolted from a quietly devout life in pursuit of a mysterious calling.

Cynthia Piantedosi lives a quiet, unassuming life outside Boston, guided by her Catholic faith. When she loses her beloved grandmother, she begins experiencing “spells” of such intense spiritual intimacy that she wonders about her sanity. Devoted to her elderly father and not particularly interested in dating and socializing, she develops a deep friendship with her parish priest. His congregation sees him as provocative and radical, but he encourages Cynthia to explore her faith...

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THE TALK FUNNY GIRL

Marjorie Richards--now a wife and mother--tells the story of her rescue from a bizarre, abusive childhood. By turns dark with a peculiar breed of insanity and bright with love and resilience, The Talk-Funny Girl is a testament to one young woman's courage and the healing force of love.

Marjorie is raised by parents so intentionally isolated from normal human society that they develop their own dialect, a kind of mountain hybrid of English that displays both their ignorance of and disdain for the wider world. As the nearby factory town sinks deeper into economic ruin, as girls Marjorie's age mysteriously disappear, and as her parents fall under the influence of a sadistic cult leader, Marjorie is rescued from her own private hell in unique fashion: she is hired by a man, himself a victim of abuse...

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THE ITALIAN SUMMER

Fore, bella! From the author of the critically acclaimed Golfing with God comes a charming narrative of hole-in-one trip through Italy—a glorious summer of golfing, eating, and learning how to slow down and enjoy life.

The best-selling author of Golfing with God and the Revere Beach trilogy combines two of his greatest passions—travel and golf—in this humorous and poignant look at Mediterranean life. In the summer of 2007, Roland Merullo was feeling a little burnt out by the frantic pace of life in the United States and decided to rent an Italian villa near the shore of Lake Como in a small town called Mezzegra. He arrived in Italy with his wife and...

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FIDEL'S LAST DAYS

A sophisticated thriller that takes readers on a wild ride through a clandestine plot to assassinate Fidel Castro.

Former CIA agent Carolina Perez has spent five years working deep undercover for a very secret and very powerful organization. Their mission is to bring down Castro and Free Cuba from the grip of his long and troubled regime. She believes in her heart that the cause she works for is just, even though it means lying to her wealthy and influential ex pat uncle, Roberto Anzar. What she doesn’t know is how deep the deception goes and how intricate the web of lies and contradictions truly is...

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AMERICAN SAVIOR

What if Jesus suddenly appeared and announced that he planned to run for President of the United States? Yes, that Jesus. And what if a well-meaning but utterly inexperienced band of disciples not only helped him mount a seat-of-the-pants campaign but ran it well, getting millions of people to support him and, in the process, throwing the two major-party candidates—as well as the world’s news media—into a frenzy as they scramble to discredit him?

Roland Merullo’s bitingly clever satirical novel about politics follows the campaign of one man to bring goodness and kindness (real goodness and kindness this time) back to a country that has fallen into a divisive state of fear and hatred. Merullo takes us into the...

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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 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...

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GOLFING WITH GOD

Golfing ith God by Roland Merullo In a previous life, Herman “Hank” Fins-Winston had been a golf pro—an excellent teacher of the game who never quite made it on the circuit, having missed his one real shot at greatness. He now lives in a lovely condominium on the thirteenth fairway of one of heaven’s 8,187 golf courses. God and His closest companions, you see, play the game often...

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