Breakfast at the Exit Cafe: Travels through America

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Breakfast at the Exit Cafe: Travels through America

by Merilyn Simonds, Wayne Grady

GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD | September 3, 2010 | Hardcover

Breakfast at the Exit Cafe: Travels through America is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.

Breakfast at the Exit Café begins as a personal story-told in alternating voices by two travellers and writers-of a journey by car from British Columbia around the rim of the United States. It soon becomes a journey of exploration. For Grady, whose forebears were slaves who came to Canada in the 1880s, this is a journey through fear, racism, and violence into his own family roots. For Simonds, who grew up a lonely Canadian in the American School of Campinas, Brazil, it is a journey into the heart of the ex-pat promised land, the nation of the American Dream. As Grady and Simonds travel back through American history, they encounter the splendours of the Mojave Desert, the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi River, and the bayous of Louisiana and the Outer Banks, and they experience the impact of geography on culture and of culture on the landscape. Although they are observing America from the outside, they also strangely feel at home. The Americans they meet illuminate a country dissolving in the grip of the Bush administration''s final years and inspire them to reassess their-and our-assumptions about that powerful and complex country. Also available in paperback.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 328 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.1 in

Published: September 3, 2010

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553655222

ISBN - 13: 9781553655220

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nonfiction Travel book through the highways and byways of North America A travel story taken by Canadian husband and wife writers, each with their own running commentary of their travels and experiences where they start in Vancouver BC, head south along the West Coast and then east into mountains, and then the desert and further south into Texas. Trapsing into the South and slowly winding back North to Canada over a two month period with their little Echo. Curiosity is interesting idea dealt with the end of how we differ in the what we (Canadians) deem the meaning to be and how Americans would believe it to mean. Loved the dualing dialogues.
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Breakfast at the Exit Cafe: Travels through America

by Merilyn Simonds, Wayne Grady

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 328 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.1 in

Published: September 3, 2010

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553655222

ISBN - 13: 9781553655220

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Chapter 1: Vancouver to Astoria Chapter 2: Astoria to Eureka Chapter 3: Eureka to Needles, Arizona Chapter 4: Needles to Grand Canyon Chapter 5: Grand Canyon to Escalante Chapter 6: Escalante to Albuquerque Chapter 7: Albuquerque to El Paso and Back to Santa Fe Chapter 8: Albuquerque to Jefferson Chapter 9: Jefferson to Selma, Alabama Chapter 10: Selma to Athens, Georgia Chapter 11: Athens to anteo, North Carolina Chapter 12: Manteo to Princeton, New Jersey Chapter 13: Home

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Breakfast at the Exit Café begins as a personal story-told in alternating voices by two travellers and writers-of a journey by car from British Columbia around the rim of the United States. It soon becomes a journey of exploration. For Grady, whose forebears were slaves who came to Canada in the 1880s, this is a journey through fear, racism, and violence into his own family roots. For Simonds, who grew up a lonely Canadian in the American School of Campinas, Brazil, it is a journey into the heart of the ex-pat promised land, the nation of the American Dream. As Grady and Simonds travel back through American history, they encounter the splendours of the Mojave Desert, the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi River, and the bayous of Louisiana and the Outer Banks, and they experience the impact of geography on culture and of culture on the landscape. Although they are observing America from the outside, they also strangely feel at home. The Americans they meet illuminate a country dissolving in the grip of the Bush administration''s final years and inspire them to reassess their-and our-assumptions about that powerful and complex country. Also available in paperback.

About the Author

Wayne Grady is one of Canada’s finest science writers and a Governor General’s Award–winning translator. He has authored eleven books of nonfiction, translated fourteen novels, and edited more than a dozen anthologies of short stories and creative nonfiction.

Merilyn Simonds lives with writer Wayne Grady in a two-hundred-year-old stone house on a small acreage north of Kingston, where she is gradually converting two acres of lawn to gardens, growing thousands of seedlings every spring, many from seed she collects herself.She still grows most of what she eats in a garden of heritage vegetable varieties that date, as closely as possible, from the early nineteenth century when the house was built. She is the author of the novel The Holding, as well as the works of literary non-fiction The Lion in the Room Next Door and The Convict Lover.

Editorial Reviews

"The authors have done their historical homework about the U.S., and provide an interesting guide for the ambivalent first-time traveler."" Publishers Weekly ""Grady and Simonds, one of Canada's most popular and successful literary couples, travel by car from British Columbia around the southern rim of the United States, with no special agenda or itinerary in mind, but find themselves on a journey of discovery, historical and personal."" Globe & Mail ""[Grady & Simonds] take turns, each penning half of the short sections in each of the book's 14 chapters. It's an attractive choice. As they barrel along interstates and winding highways, Grady's smouldering distrust and apparent dislike of the U.S. is literally shoulder-to-shoulder with Simonds's quizzicality and eye for offbeat detail."" Ottawa Citizen ""Grady and Simonds…hand the pen back and forth throughout their journey, each taking a few pages to comment on the passing scene before turning it over again to the other…This unusual structure works surprisingly well. There's no doubt we are travelling with writers…And what a complex, fascinating read America continues to be."" Literary Review of Canada ""Whether it's the sign of a symbiotic marriage or of seasoned writers crafting a seamless travel collage, the narrative in this road trip through America flows as easily as a new car on an empty highway."" Globe & Mail Top 100 for 2010 “Alternating throughout the book, Simonds and Grady's voices are complementary. Simonds writ
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