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Breakfast at Sally's

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,380 Ratings  ·  255 Reviews
One day, Richard LeMieux had a happy marriage, a palatial home, and took $40,000 Greek vacations. The next, he was living out of a van with only his dog, Willow, for company. This astonishingly frank memoir tells the story of one man's resilience in the face of economic disaster. Penniless, a failed suicide, estranged from his family, and living "the vehicular lifestyle" i ...more
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Published October 17th 2008 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published October 6th 2008)
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May 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I give my book group’s May selection, Breakfast at Sally’s, a 1 star. It did encourage compassion for homeless people but it offered the wrong answers and dragged me through too much crud. It is very sad that the world is so unfair, that some people struggle with such difficult circumstances, addictions and bad habits but the hero, C, is covetous, ungrateful, slothful and misguided. I was insulted by his misunderstanding of Christ. Christ did encourage care for the less fortunate, but he had ver ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a person living in Bremerton, WA I found this to be an extremely interesting book as the author lives here. It is well written by a homeless person who lived with his dog Willow in his car for over a year after loosing his lucrative business. His battle with depression is an issue that is frequently overlooked and not understood by many who cast the homeless aside as being lazy and not worthy of assistance. The generosity of the poor to give to each other is a memorable part of his saga as we ...more
Nancy (Hrdcovers)
Aug 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Call me insensitive; call me unsympathetic; call me jaded; but don't call me someone who thought this book was inspirational. I usually get my book recommendations from other reader friends or from high ratings from other Amazon reviewers. In this case, I got this recommendation from one of my doctors who told me the book was terrific. After he said that, I immediately came home and checked out the Amazon reviews and it looked like all of the reviewers concurred with my doctor. Why is it then th ...more
Nov 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most non-fiction that includes significant conversations in direct quotes, I wondered how accurately recalled some of the dialogue in this book was. But then again, the author, who lived mostly in his van for more than a year after losing his business and his family and succumbing to depression, was meeting some striking people and living in an American culture that most of us only brush up against uncomfortably.

The stories in this book are like something out of a modern day Oliver Twist
Oct 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard LeMieux was a successful college educated business man. He lived in a lovely home, took vacations to Europe and had a weekly golf date with his buddies. He had a loving family and had the typical Hallmark holiday gatherings. But when his business failed and depression overcame him, he found himself homeless, living out of a van with his only companion his dog Willow. I found LeMieux's story extremely compelling. Not just because of his own story but the story of the many other homeless m ...more
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some interesting portraits of the homeless and those who reach out to help, yet at times I felt like it was just another attempt to capitalize on an author's misery while "down and out." What redeemed it all were the uncomfortable truths about those of us who are among the "privileged" and our attitudes towards the homeless, whatever the causes of their condition. It certainly gave me pause for thought...
Jul 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Karen & Gerard
Nov 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Karen & Gerard by: husband
This is an excellent book about being homeless, written by a homeless person.  He was once a very successful, wealthy business man who even had traveled abroad but when his business failed, he lost everything.  His wife left him and his grown children didn't want anything to do with him.  All he had was his van, some clothes, an old typewriter and his dog, Willow.  

It's an inside look into the homeless way of life and their community.  I will never look at the homeless in the same way again afte
Aug 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book made me very mad at first. There were some true sad tearjerker moments, but the whole book felt false. Not hearing Richards complete story made it not ring true for me, Jagged little pieces.
I do believe that giving people dignity is the only way to save them, but they don't want to play by the rules.

The biggest biggest bunch of pcky in this book is C. i'm assuming he is a totally made up character, and illiteration of Christ. A drug dealer that preforms miricles and has the cash or en
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book shook me up. And I know why. If you've ever worked on the behalf of someone who was close to losing it all, and who would be out on the street if not for the efforts of a few family members, you realize what the existence of a homeless person could be like.

Richard LeMieux lost it all, and came perilously close to ending his life. Thankfully, with the help of angels like his friend "C" and women who gave him all the money they had in their purses, he kept putting one foot in front of
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Richard LeMieux's book except for the last chapter--because that meant the book was coming to the end. He is, however, working on a second book about a woman he met while homeless.
We all think we know what it means to be homeless or think we know why people are homeless. Read this book. I think we can all learn something from it.
I don't like being cold, wet, or chilled. What determination to go on it takes to be in that condition endlessly. Putting myself in Richard's place was
May 04, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I'm done and my feelings for the author are unchanged. He apparently suffers from debilitating depression and for that he has my sympathy. That's where my sympathy ends, however. I believe he wrote this book to illuminate to the rich, selfish public how prevalent homelessness is and how deserving of our sympathy are the homeless. Sorry, Richard, you failed to make me a believer.

The author never tells us precisely how he came to be homeless, but he did let us know that he was also once a ric
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard LeMieux had everything (or so he thought), nice home, a good business, cars, boats, family. When he lost it all (including the family who turned their backs on him), all he had was his van and his dog.
The dog who "saves Richard's life", the amazing people he meets both those with and those without, the care and love of the fellow homeless friends he makes, all go to make this a wonderfully inspirational story.
I thoroughly recommend this book. I gives us all a wake-up call (or it should
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a man who lost everything; home, job, family and was left with his car and his dog. They lived in his car and ate at shelters. The book is based on the people he met and experiences he had.
After reading this I will never look at a homeless person the same.

What an awesome book!!!
Jami Kumar
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a lucrative business man that ends up, in one year, losing his lively-hood and is out on the streets in Bremerton, WA. Richard's experience makes you think about appreciating what you have and to also recognize the simple gestures and gifts around you- sometimes these get things get lost in our daily hustle.
Liane De Witt
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard tells a very moving rendition of his experiences as a homeless person. Although this makes out a proportionally small part of his life, I think it is one of the most significant. At times I had to remind myself that this was not the writing of a man who's been homeless all his life. He was intelligent, well spoken and a known entrepreneur in his field. Homeless is not who he is (or was) - his identity - but rather a set of circumstances that he found himself in and had to deal with. All ...more
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I changed my rating from 2 to 3 and back at least 7 times. I did learn a lot but I'll keep it at 2 because of the very offensive language in some parts. I enjoyed reading the first 100 pages and the last 100 pages. The middle was pretty depressing and confirmed the rough stereotype of mental illness and drug/alchohol addictions among the homeless. I am glad that Richard LeMieux was able to beat the odds and get back on his feet after losing everything. I believe 5 factors made that possible: he ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was overwhelmed with emotion through this entire book. If someone asked me what book I would recommend for reading, this would be the one. I live in Tacoma, which is about 45 minutes from Bremerton and I know Tacoma has a huge homeless population and of course Seattle does too. I did not know Bremerton did too. Richard LeMieux puts faces to the homeless and words into their mouths. It is a heartbreaking story. But the fact that he has written this book and he and the book are truly making a di ...more
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very engaging book which turns the homeless into people as the author interacts, helps and receives help from the very homeless community in which he finds himself. Everyday dealing with clinical depression and suicidal thoughts with Willow the Wonder Dog looking after him and giving him a living creature to care for. With the help of a local minister and church he managed to get off the streets and this book has been a great success. He told his mental health therapists that it would be read ...more
Lisa Hudson
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful story

I saw this book on Amazon and decided to purchase. This story was so beautiful and heartfelt, I found myself actually shedding tears on the train as I read it. Richard's story could be anyone's story. Most people live paycheck to paycheck now, and most of America is a whisper away from being homeless and losing everything. Richard Le Mieux,s story touched me so deeply, I now have empathy and understanding for the homeless. Not all are addicts, or alcoholics. And if they are
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not drawn to memoirs for various reasons but this one is an all-church read so I wanted to read it. I was very engrossed for the first half and was especially impressed with the support the homeless get from one another. The stories about the various individuals were interesting and heart wrenching, but they went on and on and there seemed to be a lot of repetition. I think Le Mieux needed an editor who would have cut out at least 100 pages.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book I have more of an understanding what it must feel like to be homeless. there were parts of his journey however that did not seem important to the theme of the book, however they were important enough to him to write about them. with that being said..the book still kept me interested.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
If this book does not open your heart and your mind then nothing will. This is a well written true story of the author's fall from wealth, lavish vacations and huge homes - to becoming destitute and homeless. The real inside story of how the homeless try to survive, wondering where the next meal is coming from and whether they will find a warm dry place for the night.
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I thought it showed so much insight to the plight of the homeless. Also, our attitude concerning the homeless made me realize how biased we are, or at least I am. A very inspirational book. My husband is reading it now. I have recommended it to many people, and also enjoyed that the setting was in Bremerton and could picture some of these places.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried. I appreciate the human face the author gives to those experiencing homelessness. I felt his emotions, the devastation to the rediscovery of true hope and love. Thank you for sharing this journey which is one that is misunderstood and ostracized daily. I learned so much.
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Breakfast at Sally's (Salvation Army) A book written about Homeless people by a once very well to do man with his own bussiness who found himself homeless with the collapse of his bussiness. A man who wanted God to send him an Angel of Death and who made an attempt at throwing himself off a bridge to end it all. He then meets a homeless friend called "C" A drug addict, a very learned caring man who was a friend to all who were down and out. A man who loved life and took Richard on the adventure
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A man who has lost it all is homeless and decides to write this book. He tells stories about the people he meets and how he gets by. Sally's is The Salvation Army where he and many others eat breakfast each day. They find dinner at various churches. They know where to go on which days and have some favorite dishes. The stories are eye-opening, sometimes very sad, sometimes quite funny. I was surprised at the frank, day-to-day descriptions and activities. We get this from the perspective of a hom ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book for it's honest perspective of the homeless situation. Set in Bremerton WA, there were numerous local references. Excellent first book for this author. I hope it enjoys broad success. People become homeless for so many different reasons. He helped me see how even a dollar to someone in need can be so important. It's easy for one to think, "oh, they'll just go buy some drugs or alcohol if I give them any money". That's a cop out. It was nice to read about how much comfort and ...more
Bonnie Arcuri
I seriously did not want to finish this book after reading reviews that the main character never did reveal what brought him to become homeless, and lose his family, as well. I understand the depression, but why would he not have this treated before he became homeless. It did at least give me a better perspective of what the homeless population is made up of...not always the scary people that we imagine. It was a hard to read because of the sadness, but I did enjoy the ending.
Nichelle Inman
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition since I love in Bremerton it was nice to see all the familiar people and.places who had helped him get by. I will conifue to make my Blessings bags to help the homeless as well as volunteer for shelters and now possible xhirxhed who do meals. This book reminds is that every little thing we do counts and in a split second, we too could be having "Breakfast at Sally's
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