Sunday, August 7, 2022

Gender Queer : a Memoir

 


Book menu for Gender Queer: a Memoir by Maia Kobabe

Books mentioned in Gender Queer:
Harry Potter / J. K. Rowling, 28
Tamora Pierce, 30
Strangers in Paradise (series) / Terry Moore, 50
Ranma 1/2 / Rumiko Takahashi, 71
Franny and Zoey / J.D. Salinger, 72
Cold Mountain / Charles Frazier, 72
Fake (series) / Sanami Matoh, 75
The Last Herald Mage trilogy / Mercedes Lackey, 75
The Importance of Being Earnest / Oscar Wilde, 87
The Sandman series / Neil Gaiman, 93
Welcome to My World / Johnny Weir, 119
Fun Home / Alison Bechdel, 135
Oh Joy Sex Toy / Erika Moen, 138
As the Crow Flies / Melanie Gillman, 171
The Gender Creative Child / Diane Ehrensaft, 185
Touching a Nerve: the Self as Brain / Patricia Smith Churchland, 199-200

There are many more books referenced on pages 72, 74, and 144 (too many to list here)!

Music mentioned in Gender Queer:
David Bowie, 55-56, 59
Tommy / The Who, 56
The Doors, 56
The Rolling Stones, 56
Pink Floyd, 56
Frank Zappa, 56
The Beatles, 56
Queen, 56, 58
One Direction, 151-153

Movies mentioned in Gender Queer:
The Lord of the Rings, 51
The Laramie Project, 95

Page numbers refer to the paperback edition (ISBN: 9781549304002)


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Saturday, July 23, 2022

The English Teacher

 


Book menu for The English Teacher by Lily King

Food mentioned in The English Teacher
:
Cookies, 5
Cider, 5
Coca Cola, 9
Champagne, 14
Toast, 33, 236
     Raisin toast, 172
Bacon, 33, 236
French toast, 37
Coffee, 37-39,  59, 65-67, 198, 201, 213
Reuben sandwiches, 38
French fries, 38, 63-64
Beer, 38,128,130, 142
Smoked salmon, 59
Croissants, 59
     Chocolate croissants, 61
Muffins, 59-60
     Banana muffins, 61
Fruit, 59
Rum and Cokes, 60
Egg salad sandwiches, 68
Lemonade, 68, 133
Bourbon and soda, 72, 100, 173, 176
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, 74
Sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pecans, 87
Pumpkin pie, 88
Wine, 92
Frappes, 94
Scrambled eggs, 110
Chicken with cashews, 115
Shrimp lo mein, 115
Fried rice, 115
Beef and broccoli, 115
Pizza, 133
Brownies, 134
Cheese popcorn, 146
Shepherd's pie, 163
Wax beans, 163
Sponge cake, 163-164
Martinis, 170
Fish sticks, 180
Hamburgers, 188
Pink coconut cupcakes, 188
Peanuts, 194
Onion rings 198
Doughnuts, 201
Tea, 213
Ice cream sundaes, 218
Bananas, 225, 231
Hard-boiled eggs, 231
Pancakes, 236
Scrambled eggs, 236
Ham and cheese sandwiches, 239

Books/Authors mentioned in The English Teacher:
"The Waves" / Virginia Woolf, epigraph
T.S. Eliot, 176
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 4
William Shakespeare, 66, 154
     King Lear, 14
     Macbeth, 65
     Othello, 108
Thomas Hardy, 109, 153
     Tess of the d'Ubervilles, 35, 37-39, 46-48, 51, 54-59, 68, 84-86, 106, 151
        153, 159-162, 194, 203, 216, 242
     "The Well-Beloved", 105-106, 161
George Eliot
     Middlemarch, 40, 121
     Daniel Deronda, 219
Ernest Hemingway, 48-49
     The Sun Also Rises, 59
Herman Melville, 154
     Moby-Dick, 49
"Innesfree" (poem) / William Butler Yeats, 63
Prometheus Unbound / Percy Shelley, 66
"Annabel Lee" / Edgar Allan Poe, 110
Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen, 113, 138
Leo Tolstoy, 118
     Anna Karenina, 227
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, 121
The Thorn Birds / Colleen McCullough, 147, 151, 239
Theodore Dreiser, 154
The Brontës, 154
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 154
Willa Cather, 154
William Faulkner, 154, 226
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 168
James Joyce, 215, 232
     The Dubliners, 178
The Portrait of a Lady / Henry James, 202
Madame Bovary / Gustave Flaubert, 202
D.H. Lawrence, 226


Music mentioned in The English Teacher:
"Beast of Burden" / The Rolling Stones, 8
"In the Gloaming" / Annie Fortescue Harrison, 217

Discussable passages from The English Teacher:
Was this how marriage was, bewilderment giving way to reassurance giving way to more bewilderment? Was it possible in any relationship to not disappoint, to do anything more than only briefly rekindle the initial fatal illusion? (Chapter 5, p.105)

The books on the shoulder-level shelf across from them could be found on the shelf of any high school English teacher in any state across the country: Norton anthologies, the Riverside Shakespeare, Melville, Dreiser, Brontë, Hawthorne, Cather, Faulkner. Nothing contemporary, nothing edgy, nothing out of print, nothing in translation. Not even a slight leaning toward a theme, a preference of gender or time period. The passionless shelf embarrassed her. (Chapter 7, p.154)

Instead of shutting you up in classrooms for twelve years, why didn't schools just put you on a bus and show you the world? He'd never known how cramped and ugly New England was until now.
(Chapter 8, p.190)

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition (ISBN 0871138972)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The Pleasing Hour

 


Book menu for The Pleasing Hour by Lily King

Food mentioned in The Pleasing Hour
:
Grapes, 3, 146
Tea, 5, 35-36, 87
Cakes, 5
     Chocolate cakes, 87
Sangria, 7, 52, 55
Cookies, 116
     Butter cookies, 9
     Chocolate chip cookies, 118
Pizza, 13, 69
Sauteed mushroom croquettes, 22
Potato gallette, 23
Peanuts, 23
Olives, 25, 154
     Olives stuffed with achovies, 178
Paté, 25
Raspberry tart, 26
Stuffed artichoke hearts, 29, 31
Chocolate wafers, 36
Cold salmon mousse, 36
Stuffed lamb shoulders, 36
Lemon soufflé, 36
Wine, 36, 99-100
     Champagne, 36
     Jarrode Rosado, 178
Hard cider, 39
Raspberry torte, 48
Popcorn, 61
Beer, 62
Strawberries, 65
Toast and marmalade, 77
Hot chocolate, 78-79, 81, 141-142, 235
Coffee, 103, 120, 142, 195
Rum and Coke, 106-108
Goat cheese, 121
Plums, 124, 146
Apple-pear juice, 138
Bananas, 138
Baguettes, 138
Black licorice, 141
Cold lemon soup, 145
Fouace, 145
Melons, 146
Lemonade, 150
     Frozen lemonade, 178, 182
Almonds, 154, 183
Paella, 169
Spinach and garlic bocadillos, 161
Orange juice, 165
Chips, 178
Chocolates, 209
Banana pancakes, 211
German sausages, 211
Bratwurst, 215

Books/Authors mentioned in The Pleasing Hour:
Marcel Proust, 7
Simone de Beauvoir, 7
Marguerite Duras, 7
The Brontës, 147-148
Ernest Hemingway, 197
Anton Chekhov, 215, 222

Music mentioned in The Pleasing Hour:
"The Boxing Hour" / Simon and Garfunkel, 32
"Slow Boat to China", 178

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition (ISBN 9780871137542)

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

The Color of Heaven

 


Book menu for The Color of Heaven by Julianne MacLean

Food mentioned in The Color of Heaven
:
Chocolate martinis, 8
Cookies, 14, 45
Popsicles, 31
Coffee, 33, 144, 203-204, 209, 248
Maple-glazed salmon, 52
Garlic mashed potatoes, 52
Sauteed vegetables, 52
Wine, 52, 165, 242, 253
Rootbeer floats, 72
Strawberry ice cream, 72, 116
Tea, 75, 78
Pot roast, 82
Fried chicken, 82
Beer, 92, 137-138
Ice cream, 100, 110
Chocolate chip cookies, 101
Whiskey, 137
French fries, 142
Apple pie, 144
Sandwiches, 165-166
Brandy, 217-219

Music mentioned in The Color of Heaven:
"The Killing Time", 61
"Blue on Blue" / Bobby Vinton, 105-106
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" / The Platters, 143

Magazines mentioned in The Color of Heaven:
GQ
New Yorker, 8, 12, 120

TV shows mentioned in The Color of Heaven:
The David Letterman Show, 8

Page numbers refer to the trade paperback edition: ISBN 9780986842221

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Bury the Lead

 

Book menu for Bury the Lead by Archer Mayor

Food mentioned in Bury the Lead
:
Beer, 67, 90, 93
     Pabst Blue Ribbon, 23
Ginger ale, 56
Seltzer, 56
Coffee, 87, 175, 187, 213, 245, 297, 345, 400, 403
Meatloaf, 89, 91
Pizza, 89
Vodka, 97
Coke, 119
Spaghetti, 119
Lemonade, 248, 250
Iced tea, 248
Soup, 336
Sandwiches, 336
Ice cream, 336

Books/Authors mentioned in Bury the Lead:
Arthur Conan Doyle, 182
     The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, 86, 137

Movies mentioned in Bury the Lead:
Titanic, 221
My Fair Lady, 245
Risky Business, 254

Page numbers refer to the large print edition (ISBN 9781432859657)


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Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Orphan's Guilt


Book menu for The Orphan's Guilt by Archer Mayor

Food mentioned in The Orphan's Guilt:
Coffee, 13014, 16, 51-52, 74, 76, 128, 130, 163, 258, 342, 424
Beer, 60
Pizza, 88, 273
Burgers, 106-107, 110
Rootbeer, 107
Ice cream, 296
     Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia, 115
     Chocolate and vanilla soft serve, 388
     Pistachio soft serve, 389
Waffles, 125
Pound cake, 129
Hot cocoa, 184, 186
Sliced fruit, 205
Pickles, 229
Potato chips, 229
Doughnuts, 258, 424
Ritz crackers with peanut butter, 296
Fruit cocktail with whipped cream, 298
Caesar salad, 305
Lemonade, 317
Shepherd's pie, 335
Wine, 335, 337
Scrambled eggs 371

TV shows mentioned in The Orphan's Guilt:
Jeopardy!, 44
Monty Python, 286

Movies mentioned in The Orphan's Guilt:
Doctor Zhivago, 273
High Noon 362

Music mentioned in The Orphan's Guilt:
Vivaldi, 42
The Beatles, 305, 328

Pages numbers refer for the large print edition: ISBN 9781432884291

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Skeleton's Knee

 


Book menu for The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor

Food mentioned in The Skeleton's Knee
:
Coffee, 3, 60, 135, 173-174, 194
Trail mix, 18, 26
Macaroni and cheese, 27
Vegetarian lasagna, 55
French bread, 55
Tea, 60
Chicken salad sandwiches, 112
Coke, 113
Fig newtons, 154
Peanut M&Ms, 158
Hamburgers, 194
Milkshakes, 194
Pizza, 199
Popcorn, 210, 216
Sour kraut, potatoes, and sausage, 230

Books/Author mentioned in The Skeleton's Knee:
Mark Twain, 30
      A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
, 13, 18
     The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 30
     What is Man?, 30
     The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories, 30
Ernest Hemingway, 30
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 30
William Faulkner, 30
Edith Wharton, 30
Edgar Allan Poe, 30
Thomas Hardy, 30
Fyodor Dostoyevski, 30
The Scarlet Letter / Nathaniel Hawthorne, 73, 124, 278
"City of Big Shoulders" / Carl Sandburg, 129

Pages numbers refer to the mass market paperback: (ISBN: 0466400998)

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