By Merilyn Simonds, Wayne Grady
What starts as a street journey via the United States quickly turns into a trip of discovery into themselves and into the center of the next-door neighbour they inspiration they knew. For Wayne Grady, the fun of panorama and historical past is tempered by way of stories of racism and his circle of relatives roots. Merilyn Simonds, her ear tuned for the offbeat, unearths curious echoes of the ex-pat promised land she grew up with. jointly they go back and forth opposed to the tide of yankee heritage, following within the literary tire tracks of John Steinbeck, William Least warmth Moon, and Francis Trollope.
Grady and Simonds event the splendors of the Mojave wasteland, the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi River, and the bayou’s of Louisiana and the Outer Banks and consider the impression of geography on tradition and of tradition on panorama. They notice the US from the surface, but suppose surprisingly at home.
Part travelogue, half exploration, half mid-winter love tale advised with wit and acuity by way of considered one of Canada’s most attractive literary undefined, Breakfast on the go out Cafe is a trip into the truth in the back of the cultural fable that's the US.
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Breakfast at the Exit Cafe: Travels Through America by Merilyn Simonds, Wayne Grady