Breakfast at the Exit Cafe: Travels through America

Hardcover | September 3, 2010

byWayne Grady, Merilyn Simonds

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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.

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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...

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 a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1 inPublished:September 3, 2010Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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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.
Date published: 2013-01-14

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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