Monday, October 9, 2017

What We Lose




Book menu for What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

ISBN of edition I read: 9780735221710 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in What We Lose:
Sesame chicken, 1
Vegetable fried rice, 2, 84
Shrimp lo mein, 2
Pineapple Soda, 2
Coffee, 45, 108
Oatmeal, 46
Thai food, 52
Peppermint tea, 61
Roast chicken, 62
Tomato soup, 79
Pork roast, 84
Mashed potato, 84
Bean, 84
Tangerines, 119
Durian fruit, 119
Papaya, 119
Steak, 122
Beef tongue, 145
Fish biryani, 145
Trifle, 145
Asparagus, 166
Scrambled eggs, 166
Apples, 166
Oranges, 166
Red wine, 189
Dirty martinis, 189

Books/Authors mentioned in What We Lose:
The Cancer Journals / Audre Lorde, epigraph
Minty Alley / C.L.R. James, 43
Jean Paul Sartre, 45
Marcel Proust, 45

Music mentioned in What We Lose:
Velvet Underground, 45
Bobby "Blue" Bland, 45
Al Green, 94

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Mudbound




Book menu for Mudbound by Hillary Jordan


ISBN of edition I read: 9781565125698 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Mudbound :

Whiskey, 7,9, 187
Coffee, 9, 13, 222, 257
Biscuits, 12, 57, 144-145, 256
   with milk gravy, 87
Bacon, 12
Eggs, 12
Grits, 12, 131, 256
Peach chess pie, 17
Wine, 17
Champagne, 24, 183
Gin, 43
Grape juice, 56
Figs, 56, 64
Apple butter, 57
Stew, 61
Cornbread, 61, 266-267, 285, 288
Licorice, ropes, 65
Chicken broth, 85
Ham and potatoes, 87
Shortbread, 102-103
Fried catfish, 136
Salt pork, 144
Beans, 144
Pickled okra, 144
Chocolate bar, 150
Dumplings, 156
Sauerkraut, 156
Sausages, 156
Rye bread, 156
Sweet tea, 166
Oranges, 208
Rabbit stew 225-226
Chili, 285

Books/Authors mentioned in Mudbound:
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men / Jame Agee, epigragh
Charles Dickens, 13, 20
The Brontes, 20
Herman Melville, 20
William Shakespeare
   Othello, 252
   The Merchant of Venice, 260

Music mentioned in Mudbound:
Duke Ellington, 24
Benny Goodman 24
Tommy Dorsey, 24
"White Christmas", 40
Lena Horne, 48
"Accentuate the Positive", 58
"Amazing Grace", 97

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

That Old Cape Magic



Book menu for That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

ISBN of edition I read: 9780375414961

Food mentioned in That Old Cape Magic:
Gin, 7
Clam chowder, 12
Pasties, 56, 242
Sandwiches, 58
Coke, 58
Spiced ham, 58
Hard salami, 58
Marinated mushrooms & artichokes, 58
Hot cherry peppers, 58
Macaroni salad, 58
Hot dogs, 58 Hamburgers, 58, 61
Grilled chicken, 58
Ice cream, 61
Fried scallops, 62
Martinis,41, 69, 83, 249, 251
Tapas, 41
Prime rib, 83, 85
Maker's whiskey, 85
Cosmopolitans, 85-86, 109, 249
Mimosas, 90
Champagne, 109, 112
Margaritas, 135
Mineral water, 138
Wine, 168, 185, 230
Coffee, 168, 193, 256
Sing malt scotch, 232-233, 235-236
Crab king legs, 242
Lamb chops, 242
Eggnog, 246
Christmas cookies, 246
Fried calamari with hot peppers, 256
Sticky buns, 256

Books/Authors mentioned in That Old Cape Magic:
P.G Wodehouse, 9, 53, 242
     Bertie Wooster Sees It Through, 9
Naked Lunch / William S. Burroughs, 9, 21
Agatha Christie, 16
The Bronte sisters, 17
Patricia Highsmith, 18
Shakespeare, 173
     Cymbeline, 36
Henry Miller, 53
Canterbury Tales, 68
Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain, 70
Henry David Thoreau, 77-78, 178
The Da Vinci Code / Dan Brown, 84
William Wordsworth, 114
William Thackeray, 173

Music mentioned in That Old Cape Magic:
Jazz, throughout the book
Livin' On A Prayer / Bon Jovi, 118, 120, 232
Teach Your Children Well / Crobsy Stills Nash Young, 230

Movies mentioned in That Old Cape Magic:
Animal House, 112

Libraries mentioned in The Old Cape Magic:
p. 14: It was entirely possible, Griffin knew, this was the real reason [his mother had] called: to remind him of who she was, who she'd been, that she still had privileges at the Yale library. She might not actually need any books.

p. 16-17: [Griffin] supposed it was possible she really did need the books from Sterling. At eighty-five, her physical health failing, she was still mentally sharp and claimed to be researching a book on one of the Brontes ("You remember books, right? Bound objects? Lots and lots of pages? Print that goes all the way out to the margins?"). But he made a mental notes to check her list to make sure he couldn't find them in his own college library.

p. 46-47: But to Joy his dreaming might have sounded more like a promise. "A professor's house, then," she said, exited, when he mentioned teaching. That meant a library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and comfortable chairs for reading, a big OED on its own stand, a small stereo for quiet, contemplative music.

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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!