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Author: Roland Merullo Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Tantor Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781494578886
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A novel about family, open-minded spirituality, and the American road, Lunch with Buddha accompanies the characters from Breakfast with Buddha as they move further along the path toward lasting peace of mind. Facing one of life's greatest emotional challenges, Otto Ringling takes comfort in a loving family and offbeat lessons from the eccentric spiritual teacher Volya Rinpoche. Funny at times, heartbreaking at others, Lunch with Buddha offers a fresh and engaging perspective on the life we live now. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Although Volya’s wise lectures are helpful to Otto’s search for answers, it is the variety of people they meet and the attitudes [they] carry that are what provide Otto with the evidence and reminders and motivation to decide to live a certain way.”

    Salem News (Massachusetts)

  • Merullo's is a beautifully written and compelling story about a man's search for meaning that earnestly and accessibly tackles some well-trodden but universal questions. Kirkus Starred Review
  • “Alternately hilarious and poignant…A moving yet entertaining and never histrionic account of how an ordinary American family—with a few extraordinary members in its ranks—deals with the overwhelming grief of losing one of their own.”

    Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

  • “As we move through life, we search for the little explanations of life and living and making it all come together for us…Lunch with Buddha will ring true with many readers. Highly recommended.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Merullo offers readers a hero that’s a bit jaded but loving; a little lost but searching…A quiet meditation on life, death, darkness and spirituality, sprinkled with humor, tenderness and stunning landscapes.” -

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013

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About the Author

Roland Merullo is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen books, including Revere Beach Boulevard, Golfing with God, and Breakfast with Buddha. He has won numerous prizes, including the Massachusetts Book Award in both fiction and nonfiction. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications.

About the Narrator

Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several Audie Award winners. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines. His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film Easter, and numerous commercials.