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He had learned Russian in college and at Phillips? He spent six months as a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia but returned to America for health reasons, and for the fact that his job, helping the chiefs form a government, was generally impossible because of the feet dragging of the chiefs.

Revere Beach elegy : a memoir of home and beyond

He drove a taxi in Boston three days a week while he tried to get started as a writer, and eventually became a novelist. Jan 24, Catherine rated it liked it. I appreciated the self-reflection in this book, the realistic portrait of a place like Revere. Merullo could have romanticized, sought out melodramatic details, but instead of nostalgia, of a black and white portrait, he gives an honest color photograph.

No need to dig too deep beneath the surface. His pursuit of goodness drives the book, a series of personal essays. The autobiographical sum is greater than the parts. Jul 28, John Grant rated it liked it. I thought it would be about Revere Beach back in its heyday. It was the first public beach in America. But, it wasn't. The author grew up in Revere but then moved on. The book is about his life.

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He is a pretty good writer, however, and he has had some interesting adventures, so I kept reading even though it wasn't what I was expecting. Good until the final chapter or so, which he used to explain his theories on the meaning of life. Jan 12, Jill rated it really liked it. A refelection of a life lived honestly, with all the variables a life gives us.

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Though I often forget, gratitude and a sense of humbleness of spirit will offer more open-mindedness and serendipitous opportunity than one could possibly imagine. Aug 28, Claire rated it really liked it. Whether it was the loss of one's father or learning from failure, this author spoke to me! Sep 28, Steven Manchester rated it really liked it. Sandra rated it really liked it Apr 06, Ro rated it liked it Jul 14, Annie M rated it really liked it Jul 13, Jaye Hensel rated it really liked it Apr 16, Jenny rated it it was ok Oct 02, Elena rated it liked it Aug 22, Peter rated it really liked it Jul 25, Carolyn rated it really liked it Mar 30, Jeanne A.

Hulme rated it really liked it Sep 19, Mark H rated it really liked it Jul 06, Ruth F. Harrison rated it really liked it Mar 06, Lillian rated it really liked it Sep 04, Andrea rated it really liked it Apr 25, Nancie rated it it was amazing Apr 14, Dec 20, Jim Dezieck rated it it was amazing.

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Exquisite writing and a great story for anyone from or living in Boston's formerly immigrant neighborhoods, especially Revere Beach. Lorri rated it really liked it Mar 15, Pammie Beth rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Pat rated it liked it May 04, Adele rated it really liked it Oct 02, Sara Woodbury rated it it was amazing May 24, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Roland Merullo. Roland Merullo. Merullo has won numerous prizes, including the Massachusetts Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction.

He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children. Other books in the series.


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Roland Merullo has found a way to express them and let them fly free and not just ruminate within the psyche. When I read a memoir, I work at being kind and non-judgmental. I seek to find the positive and the opportunity which came from this telling. This writer has shared the details and formed from this experience and now I can benefit from knowing and understanding. I do not need to try and repeat.

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The pleasure is mine in the reading. Have you ever thought of sharing a memoir of your life experiences? Would you want to publish them? Would you stick with fiction?

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Thank you. Donations also welcome. The first road trip for these two can be found in the Merullo novel of called Breakfast With Buddha. I discovered this book in May of and so enjoyed it that I put it on my summer reading list and reviewed the book on my own. I was just roaming around Amazon and this opening paragraph on the Amazon review of Breakfast with Buddha just snagged my full attention:. And so it is with this journey into the minds and souls of two very different men — one of them in search of truth, the other a man who may already have found it.

It is seven months after the death of his wife from cancer and it is time to take care of his promise. The Buddhist monk in the first story is now his brother-in-law and the father of his 5 year old niece. The retreat center on the family farm in North Dakota is up and running and after the family returns the ashes to the earth, the two men are to drive a gift truck back to the retreat center.

Merullo actually took this trip with his children in order to write this second book which must be going to become a trilogy. There is as much detail about the other states that the team travels through also and their swim in Yellowstone is a delightful segment I thoroughly enjoyed.


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The duo are very respectful of each other as Ringling moves from grief to mourning and the Monk assists in the letting go and looking towards the future and the teaching of his child to use her gifts. The current US elections add to the story line and the conversation and the characters that they meet along the way add an extraordinary dimension and quirkiness to the journey. When TLC book Tours asked me to review this book, I just jumped right up in the air — no lie — and happy danced. It just delights me and calms me down into a centered space.


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  • The questions that Otto Ringling is asking are the questions that I am contemplating. The book can pull me away from worry and anger in just a moment or two of reading. I had so much trouble waiting that I purchased another book by Merullo in the mean and explored his other words. I am filled with gratitude for having been given a copy of this book to read and I say a huge thank you.

    TLC and Newtonville Books are offering up a free copy of this book for the best comment — so what would you like to say? What questions would ask the author?