Sunday, August 27, 2017

Bridge of Sighs



Book menu for Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo


ISBN of edition I read: 9780375414954 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Bridge of Sighs:

Coffee, 14, 36, 98. 109, 115, 201-202, 204, 384, 410
   Espresso, 412
Jelly Beans, 14
Necco wagers, 20
Cappuccino, 35
Wine
   Barolo, 37, 50
   White, 40
Brie, 40
Squid ink risotto, 43-44
Pasta fagioli, 43, 46
Branzino, 43, 47
Prosecco, 44, 513
Zabaglione, 50
Hamburger casserole, 61, 64
Lemonade, 78
Beer, 88, 138
Campari, 88
Milk, 93
Chicken, 103
Doughnut, 109,
Lemon drops, 110
Hamburger, 121, 242, 271 435, 178, 201
Cold cuts, 121
Potato salad, 121, 242, 251, 276, 279, 281, 306, 308, 449
Toasted cheese, 122, 178
Tuna salad sandwiches, 122
Tomato soup, 122, 178
Chicken noodle soup, 122
Popcorn 123, 220, 222, 224
Sno-Caps, 123
Jujubes, 123
Soda, 123
   Grape soda, 214
   Coke, 249
Whiskey, 138-139
Fries, 201
Milkshakes, 201
   Vanilla shakes, 271
Ice cream, 201-202, 204
Tea, 215
Gin and tonic, 235, 238, 328
Chili dogs, 242
Macaroni salad, 242, 251, 279, 308, 380, 449
Three bean salad, 242
Pork chops,308, 449
Bagels & lax, 250
Pizza, 325, 346-349, 389, 422
Martinis, 325, 344, 415, 466, 506
Drambuie, 327
Rum & coke, 344
Prime rib, 396, 402
Salad with blue cheese, 397
Manhattans, 415
Scotch, 415
Mussels, 484
Clams, 484
Fried calamari, 484
Peanuts, 500-501, 504
Champagne, 500
Vodka, 500-501

Books/Authors mentioned in Bridge of Sighs:
Jules Verne, 111, 221
H. G. Wells, 111
H. Rider Haggard, 111, 154
   "She", 152
Edgar Rice Burroughs, 111
The Grapes of Wrath / John Steinbeck
"Hope" (poem), Langston Hughes, 298, 314-316
Hamlet / William Shakespeare, 311
Moby-Dick / Herman Melville, 419-421, 450
On the Road / Jack Kerouc
Ernest Hemingway, 422
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 422, 450
William Falkner, 422
Ralph Ellison, 422, 427
Ethan Frome / Edith Wharton, 432
Death of a Salesman / Arthur Miller, 450-451

Artists mentioned in Bridge of Sighs:
Caravaggio, 38
   "David with the Head of Goliath", 38
Tintoretto, 47
   "The Last Judgement", 48
Titian, 175
Michaelangelo, 175
Frida Kahlo, 465

Television programs mentioned in Bridge of Sighs;
Philco Television Playhouse, 56
Tales Of The Texas Rangers, 56
The Ed Sullivan Show, 76, 116

Music mentioned in Bridge of Sighs:
Frankie Valli, 138
Louis Armstrong, 313, 419
Miles Davis, 407, 419

Libraries mentioned in Bridge of Sighs:
p.111: "That summer I also became a denizen of the Thomaston Free Library. Always a reader, I now borrowed six books every Saturday morning--the maximum allowable."

p.159

p.330: "Sarah's strategy for living with [her parents] was the same: keep busy, fill the days. In Thomaston, she joined as many after-school clubs as would have her and volunteered at the library and Shady Rest Nursing Home, explaning to her father that such activities looked good on college applications."

p. 423: "This letter's only immediate effect was to generate another form rejection. The day after Mr. Berg received it, a note appeared on the honors classroom door, canceling class without explanation and giving everyone a reading day in the library."

p. 514: "One of the first things Sarah made clear when she returned was that we'd be showing Kayla more of the world than Thomaston. We've already taken her to see the library in nearby Canajoharie,, which boast a marvelous art collection..."

Discussable quote:
p. 93: "We don't always want what we compete for."

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Wakefield



Book menu for "Wakefield" (short story) by E.L. Doctorow


ISBN of edition I read: 9781400069637
   (hardcover; from the story collection All the Time in the World)

Food mentioned in "Wakefield":
White wine, 10
Grilled veal chop, 12-13
Baked potato, 12-13
Salad 12
Margaritas, 15
Crackers, 16
Nuts, 16
Coffee, 20, 35
Cake, 29
   Chocolate cake, 29
   Strawberry cake, 29
Apple, 31
Chicken legs, 31

Music mentioned in "Wakefield":Schubert, 37

Art mentioned in "Wakefield":
"Maja" / Goya, 15

Libraries mentioned in "Wakefield":
p. 20: I took myself in my tatters to the business district and availed myself of the town's social services. In the public library, which, not incidentally, had a well-kept men's room, I read the daily papers as if informing myself of life on another planet. I thought it was more my image to the read the papers than to sit at one of the library computers.
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Whore's Child and Other Stories



Book menu for The Whore's Child and Other Stories by Richard Russo
ISBN of edition I read: 0375411682 (hardcover)


Food mentioned in "The Whore's Child: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)":
Bread and cheese, 18
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Food mentioned in "Monhegan Light":
Chicken Caesar Salad, 32-33
Chowder, 32-33
Beer, 38, 41, 44, 46-47
White wine, 40
Steak, 49
Mineral water, 50

Music mentioned in "Monhegan Light":
"Take the A Train", 76
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Food mentioned in "Joy Ride":
Cheeseburger, 82
Fries, 82-83
Coke, 83, 99, 100
Coffee, 83
Spaghetti, 84
Open-faced turkey sandwiches, 85
Mashed potato, 85
Chicken fried steak, 85
Steaks, 98-100
Baked potato, 99
Garlic toast, 99

Movies mentioned in "Joy Ride":
Peyton Place, 76

Books/Authors mentioned in "Joy Ride":
Conan the Barbarian (comic books), 81
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Food mentioned in "Buoyancy":
Pastries, 120
Mexican eggs, 121

Books/Authors mentioned in "Buoyancy":
Emily Dickinson, 129, 142
Thomas Costain, 130
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Food mentioned in "Poison":
White wine, 153, 155-156, 160
Sunflower seeds, 153
Cheese and crackers, 154
Beer, 155-156, 160
Lobster sauces over pasta, 156-157, 167
Bourbon, 164
Chianti, 167

Books/Authors mentioned in "Poison":
Henry David Thoreau, 153
William Blake, 165
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Food mentioned in "The Mysteries of Linwood Hart":
Spaghetti, 177, 206-207, 210
Coffee, 184, 187
Cola, 187
Orange soda, 187
Fruit juice, 187
Ice cream, 202
Steaks, 204, 208
Pepperoni, 204
Rigatoni and sausage, 207, 210, 213
Salad, 208

Music mentioned in "The Mysteries of Linwood Hart":
Jo Stafford, 174, 206, 209, 218
   "The Wayward Wind", 206


                                                  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Everybody's Fool



Book menu for Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

Since January I've been conducting a Richard Russo study.  The reason?  In preparation for his visit (that I organized) to our high school auditorium on May 15th.  He's currently on tour for his newest book of stories,
Trajectory.  I've been wanting to meet Mr. Russo since the early 2000s when I first read Empire Falls.  I was NOT disappointed! What a nice person and class act...and SO funny!

I could not get enough of Sully in both
Everybody's Fool and Nobody's Fool. Sadly, I'm sure there will be no follow up to Everybody's. But now I can move on to the last three Russo books I haven't read: The Whore's Child, That Old Cape Magic, and Bridge of Sighs.  Any suggestions on which I should start with?

ISBN of edition I read: 9780307270641 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Everybody's Fool:
Ginger-carrot soup, 18
Cheeseburgers, 32, 34, 53, 208, 214-215, 355, 445,
Ramps, 44-46
Cherry pie, 57, 64
Popsicle, 59
Coffee, 61, 64, 77-79, 153, 315, 333, 344, 373-374
Diet Coke, 93
French fries, 109
Cole slaw, 109
Cinnamon rolls, 112
Chicken with rice casserole, 113
Popcorn, 125
Genesee beer, 136
Pizza, 186
Friend chicken, 195, 205
Collard greens, 195, 205
Black-eyed peas, 195
Grits, 195
Watermelon, 195
Lamb chops, 196, 198, 205, 218, 228-229, 233
Salad, 196
Margaritas, 197
Wine
   Pinot Grigio, 209-210
   Red wine, 218
   Chardonnay, 290
Asparagus, 229
Cuba libre, 236
Banana bread, 270
Cappuccino, 287
Fruit, cheese, crackers tray, 289
Sausages, 315/316
Bacon, 315-316
Southern Comfort, 317
Orange juice, 342-343, 353, 433
Pringles, 343, 350, 353, 433
Cheetos, 350, 353, 357 (these also make an appearance in Empire Falls!)
Club sandwiches, 353
Meatball heroes, 353
Turkey, stuffing, and mashed potato, 353
Open-faced steak sandwich, 353-354
Hot dogs, 354
Grilled cheese, 354
Spaghetti, 354
Hot fudge sundae, 355
Scrambled eggs, 369
Linguica, 369
Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, 370, 372
Crumb cake, 374
Tea, 400, 442
Jelly donuts, 445

Books/Authors mentioned in Everybody's Fool:
Jules Verne, 19
Animal Farm / George Orwell, 315
Henry David Thoreau, 399

   "And while [Miss Beryl] feared [Sully] might be killed, this wasn't it, either. What truly frightened
   her, she explained, was the violence he would be doing to himself. He wasn't just placing himself
   at risk; he was putting his self at risk, the same self that Thoreau thought was worth defending
   and protecting, the self whose primacy Emerson had argued for."

Sylvia Plath, 415
Emily Dickinson, 415

Movies mentioned in Everybody's Fool:
Goldfinger, 93, 428
Animal House, 315

Music mentioned in Everybody's Fool:
"El Condor Pasa " / Simon & Garfunkel, 390

   "The static in [Raymer's] ears was almost as loud as the honking had been, but as he went back to
   his car he found himself happily humming a tune from a couple decades earlier and recalled the
   lyric: I'd rather be a hammer than a nail."

Libraries mentioned in Everybody's Fool:
page 96: "The only other thing in the glove box was, incredibly, the owner's manual. Badly as [Raymer] needed the painkillers, Raymer couldn't help himself. Dumbfounded, he took out the manual, which was encased in plastic like a library book. "Who has the owner's manual to a 'sixty-four Mustang?"

page 111: "Only after Ruth finally tumbled to the fact that her culinary efforts were being sabotaged, and compared the notecard recipes with others in cookbooks she'd check out of the library, did she begin to improve."

and pages, 180, 393-394, and 430!

                                                    

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Trajectory


Book menu for Trajectory by Richard Russo


ISBN of edition I read: 9781101947722 (hard cover)
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Food mentioned in "Horseman":
Brandy and eggnog, p.10
Beer, p.13, 18-19
Grilled cheese sandwich, p.20
Pizza, p. 31-32, 34-35, 38
Turkey, p.33
Yams, p.33
Cranberries, p.33
Mincemeat pie, p.35, 38
Pumpkin pie, p.35

Books/Authors mentioned in "Horseman":

"Windy Nights" (poem) / Robert Louis Stevenson, p.3, 9, 36  

Whenever the moon and stars are set,   
  Whenever the wind is high,   
All night long in the dark and wet,   
  A man goes riding by.   
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?   
   
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,   
  And ships are tossed at sea,   
By, on the highway, low and loud,   
  By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then   
By he comes back at the gallop again.


Henry James, p.10
John Dos Passos, p.14
Leo Tolstoy, p.19
James Joyce p. 19, 30
   The Dubliners, p. 23
Ulysses
/ Alfred Tennyson, p.25
"Kubla Khan" (poem) / Samuel Taylor Coleridge, p.36

Music mentioned in "Horseman":
"Somebody to Love" / Jefferson Airplane, p.35

Magazines/Journals mentioned in "Horseman":
American Literature
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Food mentioned in "Voice":

Red wine, p.46, 86, 121
   Chianti, p.46, 51
Cappuccino, p. 73, 77, 83
Prosecco, p.77
Pasta, p.77, 122
Saffron risotto, p.83, 120
Grilled branzino, p.86
Port, p. 105
Grappa, p.109
Bacon, p.113
Barbaresco, p.123
Coffee, p.132
Squid ink pasta, p.125

Books/Authors mentioned in "Voice":
Henry James, p.44
Rushkin, p.44
Death in Venice / Thomas Mann, p.44, 47, 124
Jane Austen, p.45, 63, 71, 87, 101, 115, 117, 119,122
   Northanger Abbey , p. 102, 115
e.e. cummings, p.71
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Food mentioned in "Intervention":Lemonade, p.143
Cheese sandwich, p.151
Clams, p.153
Chicken wings, p.156, 159-160
Chinese spareribs, p. 156
Beef Broccoli, p. 156
Egg Drop Soup, p. 156
Pina Colada, p. 161-162, 166
Oysters, p. 162
Club soda with lime, p.162
Napoleon brandy, p. 166
Red wine, p. 173
Beer, p. 161-162
Tacos, p.166
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Food mentioned in "Milton and Marcus":
Margaritas, p.182-185, 204-205, 207-208,
   221, 234-235, 241, 243
Red wine, p. 204
Club soda, p.201
Biscotti, p.215-216, 218
Coffee, p. 215, 234
   Mocha latte, p. 215, 217
Fruit smoothie, p.225
Coke, p.225
Sandwich, p.234
Beer, p.218

Friday, May 19, 2017

Nobody's Fool



Book menu for Nobody's Fool
by Richard Russo

ISBN of edition I read: 0394577787 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Nobody's Fool:
Strawberry shortcake, 4
Snails, 5, 23, 51, 280, 342
Tea, 9, 20, 22, 245, 374
Coffee, 19-20, 24, 26, 30, 33-35, 37, 68-69, 72, 195, 215
   122-124, 176, 318, 381, 493, 502
Eggs, 30, 215, 316-317
Toast, 30, 90, 215, 245, 317-318
Home fries, 30, 215
Tuna sandwich, 74
Tomato soup, 74
Cream soda, 80
Cheeseburger, 81, 87, 96, 491
Coleslaw, 87
French fries, 87, 230-231
Pizza 98, 275
Linguine clams, 99-100
Snickers Bars, 115, 118
Doughnuts, 124-125
   Jelly doughnuts, 430
Lemonade, 131-132
Turkey, 136-137, 144, 151, 180, 182, 187, 245, 260
   Turkey sandwich, 139
Carrot & celery sticks, 144
Cottage cheese, 144, 147
Applesauce, 144
Cheese cubs, 144
Pea & three bean salad, 144
Macaroni & vinaigrette salad, 144
Manhattans, 144, 147
Old Fashioned, 144
Glazed ham, 144
Pot roast, 144
Green beans, 154
Stuffing, 154
Peaches, 163
Ice cream, 172, 176-179, 284, 483
Pumpkin pie, 172, 245
Boilermakers, 173-174
Corndogs, 175
Chicken fried steak, 179, 181, 275
Pickled eggs, 188, 274, 278, 434, 511
Cookies, 195, 270, 272, 339, 341
Hamburger, 230-231, 236-237, 289, 291-292, 358
Green salad, 245
Ambrosia salad, 245
Carrot-raisin salad, 245
Pea-cheese salad, 245
Candied yams, 245
Macaroni casserole, 277
Sausages, 316
Hot chocolate, 318-319, 502-503
Chicken noodle soup, 344
Buffalo wings, 357-358
Soda water, 370
Cherrios, 380
Jack Daniel's, 510, 522, 536
Singapore Slings, 532

Books/Authors mentioned in Nobody's Fool:
Anthony Trollope, 52
Dr. Seuss / Theodor Geisel, 63-65, 67
Shakespeare, 72
Robert Browning, 94
Virginia Woolf , 165
John Keats, 189
Robert Frost, 335
                                                          

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Risk Pool




Book menu for This Risk Pool by Richard Russo


ISBN of edition I read: 0394565274 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in The Risk Pool :
Martinis, 3, 309, 311
Hamburger steak, 7, 108, 173, 212, 222, 228, 331, 498
Ice cream, 14, 18, 462
Macaroons, 17, 43
Chili and beans, 22-23
Bacon, 27, 48
Eggs, 27, 48, 360
Beans and hot dogs, 44-45
Sugar Doughnut, 48
Buttered graham crackers, 48
Pancakes, 48
Sausage, 48, 322
Ham,48
   Spiced ham, 56
Fruit, 48
   Grapefruit, 48-49, 446
   Fruit salad, 326
   Apple, 454
Lasagna, 49
Salami, 56
Wedding Soup, 56, 58, 60
Oreo cookies, 76-78, 126
Hamburgers, 79, 118, 445
7 Up, 85, 136-137
Coffee, 101, 177, 179, 219, 226, 311, 314, 322, 398
Pork chops, 110, 391
Mashed potatoes, 110-111
Creamed corn, 110-111
Cokes, 118
Turkey club, 118
French fries and gravy, 119, 174
Pickles, 145
   Sweet pickles, 282
Olives, 145
Pepperoni, 146
Maraschino cherries, 147, 168
Roast pork and mashed potatoes, 147
Asparagus, 147
Parker House rolls, 147
Frozen Daiquiris,160
   Banana daiquiris, 425
Grilled Rib Steak, 227, 234
Campari & soda, 244
Boilermakers, 245, 316
Pate, 255, 316
Hershey bars, 273
Pretzels, 283
Manhattans, 299, 317-318, 341, 344-345
Filet mignon, 310, 312
Crab legs, 311-312
Amaretto, 311-312
Spaghetti, 315, 331, 370, 372, 436
Veal & peppers, 319
Cornbread muffins, 322
Orange juice, 324-325
Champagne, 324-325, 459
Eggs in Hollandaise sauce, 328
Pizza, 344, 347, 350-351- 407
Cherry Kool-Aid, 350
Seven & 7, 380, 382
Pina coladas, 425
Iced tea, 432-433
Buffalo wings, 436
Napoleon brandy, 479

Books/Authors mentioned in The Risk Pool:
Cannery Row / John Steinbeck, epigraph
Rick Brant, 95
Karl Marx, 152
Gone with the Wind / Margaret Mitchell, 256-257, 328
Heart of Darkness / Joseph Conrad, 274
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 284
From Here to Eternity / ?, 433

Music mentioned in The Risk Pool:
Elvis, 43, 135, 249
   "Hound Dog", 160
Duane Eddy, 135-136, 168, 296-297
"Moon River", 280
Fleetwood Mac, 478

Television programs mentioned in The Risk Pool:
Bonanza, 208

Movies mentioned in The Risk Pool:
It's a Wonderful Life, 174

Some of my favorite Risk Pool passages:p. 16: "I was forbidden to climb the tree after the day my mother came out onto the back porch, called my name, and my voice drifted down to her from the second story level, at the very top of the tree's dwarf side. I swung down from branch to branch to show off my dexterity. My mother wasn't impressed. 'If I ever catch you in that tree again...' she said. She either liked unfinished sentences or couldn't think of how to finish them, and I resented her unwillingness to spell out consequences. It was impossible to weight alternatives without them."

p. 25: "At the water's edge, [Wussy] attached the spinning reels to the rods and ran line through the eyelets all the way to the tips. I watched, full of interest. "Ever fish before?"

I shook my head.

It's about the best thing there is until you're older and can do some other stuff, and it's better than most of the other stuff too."

p.88: "How could you be sure something wouldn't work until it didn't?"

p. 176: "I read some good books that summer...I'd realize I'd understood more than I thought. If I was feeling energetic, I'd look up words I didn't know, but more often I'd be content to wait for the word to crop up again in another context, and by its second or third appearance I'd know what it meant. I began to develop a firm conviction that most efforts to teach people things were wasted. All they needed was to go off some place quiet and read."