Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey
"Reads like a novel. . . . But it has the ring of truth, and an uplifting message that endures."—New York Times. Features a new foreword by the author and a heartfelt endorsement by Washington State's First Lady, Trudi Inslee!

Once a happily married businessman, avid golfer, and the proud owner of several luxury cars and three boats, conservative-minded Richard LeMieux saw his fortune change almost overnight. In this astonishingly heartfelt memoir, he describes his descent into homelessness and his struggle to survive personal and economic disaster.

Evicted from his home in 2002 and living with his dog, Willow, in a beat-up old van, LeMieux finds himself penniless and estranged from his family and friends. He dines at the Salvation Army (aka Sally’s), attempts suicide, and is treated at a mental hospital where he is diagnosed with depression.

Writing on a secondhand manual typewriter, first at a picnic table in a public park, and then wherever he can, LeMieux describes his odyssey and the quirky, diverse, and endearing cast of characters found among the homeless people of Bremerton, Washington, and, by extension, everywhere else. Breakfast at Sally’s is a rare inside-look at how the other America lives, and how one man, beaten down and alone, was able to reconnect, find good people, and ultimately, with their help, to persevere.
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Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey
"Reads like a novel. . . . But it has the ring of truth, and an uplifting message that endures."—New York Times. Features a new foreword by the author and a heartfelt endorsement by Washington State's First Lady, Trudi Inslee!

Once a happily married businessman, avid golfer, and the proud owner of several luxury cars and three boats, conservative-minded Richard LeMieux saw his fortune change almost overnight. In this astonishingly heartfelt memoir, he describes his descent into homelessness and his struggle to survive personal and economic disaster.

Evicted from his home in 2002 and living with his dog, Willow, in a beat-up old van, LeMieux finds himself penniless and estranged from his family and friends. He dines at the Salvation Army (aka Sally’s), attempts suicide, and is treated at a mental hospital where he is diagnosed with depression.

Writing on a secondhand manual typewriter, first at a picnic table in a public park, and then wherever he can, LeMieux describes his odyssey and the quirky, diverse, and endearing cast of characters found among the homeless people of Bremerton, Washington, and, by extension, everywhere else. Breakfast at Sally’s is a rare inside-look at how the other America lives, and how one man, beaten down and alone, was able to reconnect, find good people, and ultimately, with their help, to persevere.
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Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey

Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey

by Richard LeMieux
Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey

Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey

by Richard LeMieux

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"Reads like a novel. . . . But it has the ring of truth, and an uplifting message that endures."—New York Times. Features a new foreword by the author and a heartfelt endorsement by Washington State's First Lady, Trudi Inslee!

Once a happily married businessman, avid golfer, and the proud owner of several luxury cars and three boats, conservative-minded Richard LeMieux saw his fortune change almost overnight. In this astonishingly heartfelt memoir, he describes his descent into homelessness and his struggle to survive personal and economic disaster.

Evicted from his home in 2002 and living with his dog, Willow, in a beat-up old van, LeMieux finds himself penniless and estranged from his family and friends. He dines at the Salvation Army (aka Sally’s), attempts suicide, and is treated at a mental hospital where he is diagnosed with depression.

Writing on a secondhand manual typewriter, first at a picnic table in a public park, and then wherever he can, LeMieux describes his odyssey and the quirky, diverse, and endearing cast of characters found among the homeless people of Bremerton, Washington, and, by extension, everywhere else. Breakfast at Sally’s is a rare inside-look at how the other America lives, and how one man, beaten down and alone, was able to reconnect, find good people, and ultimately, with their help, to persevere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632203465
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 167,711
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Richard LeMieux is a writer and ex-businessman who was once happily married and the owner of several cars and three boats. Evicted from his luxury home after his business failed, and living with his dog, Willow, in a beat-up old van, LeMieux wrote Breakfast at Sally’s on a secondhand typewriter. He is now a public speaker, talking about his experiences as a homeless person. He and Willow live in Bremerton, Washington.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition 6

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Sally's 13

Chapter 2 A Day with C, Campbell, Steinbeck, and Twain 27

Chapter 3 The Lady in Red 43

Chapter 4 Mr. C's Neighborhood 53

Chapter 5 Going Looking for Angels 65

Chapter 6 The Food Angels 73

Chapter 7 Sanctuary at the Hospital 85

Chapter 8 Dr. Z 111

Chapter 9 Oh, God! 123

Chapter 10 Off to the Mental Institution 129

Chapter 11 Andy, the Beautiful Weed 139

Chapter 12 Another Day in Paradise 149

Chapter 13 I Get Saved 161

Chapter 14 Angel of Prey 177

Chapter 15 David's Song 189

Chapter 16 Vinny 205

Chapter 17 Dumpster Diving 219

Chapter 18 Vinny Dies 225

Chapter 19 The Opera 235

Chapter 20 The Lucky Rocks 247

Chapter 21 The Hilton 255

Chapter 22 Andy Gets Lucky 267

Chapter 23 The Real Field of Dreams 279

Chapter 24 How much for that Doggie? 291

Chapter 25 Camping 299

Chapter 26 A Room with a View 315

Chapter 27 S'Ghetti 337

Chapter 28 Bank of America 353

Chapter 29 Hero Lost 367

Chapter 30 The Church Mice 381

Chapter 31 Just Another Headline 395

Chapter 32 The Holy Ghosts 403

Chapter 33 So much to Write 417

Epilogue 421

In Appreciation 425

About the Author 429

Book Club or Classroom Discussion Questions 433

Getting Involved 435

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