Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Defending Jacob




Book menu for Defending Jacob by William Landay


ISBN of edition I read: 9780345533661 (trade paperback)


Food mentioned in Defending Jacob:
Whiskey, 14
Coffee, 24, 168
Bagels, 24
Pizza, 155
Chinese food, 155, 371
     General Gao's chicken, 372
Chicken pot pie, 156
Strings beans, 156
Lemonade, 156
Big Mac, 182
Ice cream, 221
Doritos, 352
Boneless spareribs, 372
Waffles, 400
Omelettes, 400
Hot cereal, 400
Rum punch, 403
Beer, 404-405
Pina coladas, 404

Books mentioned in Defending Jacob: A Novel:
A General Theory of Human Violence / Reynard Thompson, epigraph
Truman / David McCullough, 20
Kafka, 102
Salinger, 125

Music mentioned in Defending Jacob:
"This is the Day" / The The, 278-279

Movies mentioned in Defending Jacob: Five Fingers of Death, 21
Sixth Sense, 35
The Usual Suspects, 36
Jaws, 42
The Matrix, 102
Love Story, 125
The Paper Chase, 125
Psycho, 189
Body Heat, 202

Television programs mentioned in Defending Jacob:
The Simpsons, 4
CSI, 335

                                                       


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Quiet Until the Thaw




Book menu for Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller


ISBN of edition I read: 9780735223349 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Quiet Until the Thaw:
Coffee, 18, 40-41, 59-61, 65, 105, 219, 238
Berries, 40
Steak, 40
Eggs, 40
Fried potatoes, 41
Buffalo jerky, 62, 119
Enchiladas, 84
Burritos, 84
Fry bread, 84, 163, 219, 223, 245
Stew, 84, 163, 245
Whiskey, 95, 111
     Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 133
Beer, 95, 133
Malt liquor, 102, 111
     King Cobra, 66
     Colt 45
Berry stew, 223
Corn bread, 238
Pizza, 249

Books/Authors mentioned in Quiet Until the Thaw:
O Pioneers! / Willa Cather, epigraph
The Wishing Bone cycle / Howard Norman, epigraph
Timequake / Kurt Vonnegut, epigraph
"Quiet Until the Thaw" (poem), epigraph
William Shakespeare, 26

Music mentioned in Quiet Until the Thaw:
"I feel like I'm fixin' to die rag" / Country Joe McDonald, 34

Television programs mentioned in Quiet Until the Thaw:
Dallas, 179, 181

Magazine mentioned in Quiet Until the Thaw:
Life, 52
Time, 131

Some of my favorite passages from Quiet Until the Thaw:
p.45 : For the first time, rick Overlooking Horse understood that fear is what comes of trying to live more than one life at a time.

p.159 : In an almost unprecedented fit of loquacity, Rick Overlooking Horse told Squanto, "Remember this: There will be nothing to signal the start of your war. There will be nothing to signal its end. There's just your war. Only you will know it when it has started, and only you can choose when it will end."

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Leaving Before the Rains Come




Book menu for Leaving Before the Rains Come
by Alexandra Fuller

ISBN of edition I read: 9781594205866 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Leaving Before the Rains Come:
Wine, 3-4, 16, 59-60, 102, 108, 114, 175, 192, 208
     White wine, 2
      Red wine, 91
Rum Punch, 3
Caviar, 8
Vodka, 8
Snickers, Bars, 12
Beer, 13, 46, 50, 54, 91, 96
     Guinness, 153
     Pabst Blue Ribbon, 224
Coffee, 15
Brandy, 16, 21, 50, 94, 154, 23
Ouzo, 20, 38
Spanakopita, 20
Kamikaze, 38, 40
Tea, 50, 54, 94, 130, 137, 144, 149-150, 160, 193, 231
Curry, 55
Creamed spinach, 56
Gin, 122, 
     Gin & tonic, 57, 100, 102
Cupcakes, 86
Coke Cola, 92, 142
Whiskey, 109
Green beans, 113, 126
Chicken, 113
Pimm's, 115
Strawberries, 118, 142
Champagne, 118, 126, 197
Marmalade, 125
Black pudding, 125
Kipper, 125
Bloody Marys, 125
Oats porridge, 130
Martinis, 130, 153
Pickles, 142
Salsa, 142
Mutton, 153
Lemon cream, 157
Mango, 173
Meatloaf, 250
Casseroles, 250

Books/Authors mentioned in Leaving Before the Rains Come:
Richard Brothers, epigraph
Religio Medici / Sir Thomas Browne, epigraph
Charles Wright (poet), 2
The Vampire Chronicles / Anne Rice, 12
The Official Sloan Ranger Handbook:How the British Upper Class
     Prepares its Offspring for Life / by Ann Barr & Peter York, 17-18, 126
Out of Africa / Isak Dinesen, 24
Nikos Kazantzakis, 38
P.G. Wodehouse, 67, 120
William Shakespeare, 67
Rainer Maria Rilke, 76
The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce / Judith Wallerstein, 84
Arundhati Roy, 107
Beatrix Potter, 113
D.H. Grainger, 114
     Don't Die in the Bundu, 114
     Little Black Mingo, 116
     Little Black Sambo, 116
Mary Queen of Scots / Antonia Fraser, 130
Where There Is No Doctor / David Werner, 159
Alan Paton, 168
The Two Great Sadnesses (essay) / Justus George Lawler, 201
Richard Siken (poet), 212
Bertolt Brecht, 212
A Fortunate Man / John Berger, 239
Inferno / Dante, 241, 244
Down and Out in Paris and London / George Orwell, 243
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly / Jean-Dominique Bauby, 244
Complete Essays / Michel de Montaigne, 245
Karl Jung, 252

Music mentioned in Leaving Before the Rains Come:
Harry Belafonte, 3
Artie Shaw, 5
Doris Day, 5
ABBA, 5, 28, 34
Clem Tholet, 5
"The Warrior" / Ipi Ntombi, 5
Hallelujah Chorus, 8
Tschaikovsky, 8
"Bring Back our Darling", 181
"I Want to See my Mama Once More", 181
U2, 216
Édith Piaf, 231
"Red Sails in the Sunset" / Frank Sinatra, p.258

Movies mentioned in Leaving Before the Rains Come:
Up, 70
Crocodile Dundee, 199

Television mentioned in Leaving Before the Rains Come:
"Bashkaus: Hard Labor in Siberia" (documentary) / Discovery Channel, 14

Libraries mentioned in Leaving Before the Rains Come:
p.82-83 : A month earlier I had gone to our local public library and walked down the aisle of relationship-related books, piling volume after volume into my arms. I made it as far as the help desk with the books before I pictured myself running into an acquaintance in the checkout line or in the parking lot. How would I explain these titles?


Some of my favorite passages from Leaving Before the Rains Come:

p.9 : What I did not know then is that the assurances I needed couldn't be had. I did not know that for the things that unhorse you, for the things that wreck you, for the things that toy with your internal tide--against those things, there is no conventional guard. "The problem with most people," Dad said once, not necessarily implying that I counted as most people, but not discounting the possibility either, "is that they want to be alive for as long as possible without having any idea whatsoever how to live."

p. 67 : And in any case, what life had taught me is that where we come from is a point--not the starting point, not the defining point--just a point. It's where we are that really counts.

p. 204 : There is no way to shut the doors against our contagions, to ward off the effects of our collective stupidity and greed and violence. Those who have an understanding of the mhondoro ceremony were correct when they told me that all beings in a community are connected, that the madness of one is the madness of everyone,  that there is no separation of minds and bodies between people. It was true when they said the wickedness and carelessness and avarice of one would bring pestilence on the whole.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness



Book menu for Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller

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ISBN of edition I read: 9781594202995 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness:
Wine, 5, 69, 80, 85, 96-97, 162, 165, 205, 212, 217, 219, 222
Tea, 5-7, 41, 55, 85, 102, 111-112, 129, 133, 137, 204, 207, 215, 221
Gin, 15, 66, 113, 144
     Gin & French, 131
     Pinkgin, 186
Beer, 74, 124, 160
     Bitter Ale, 23
     Guinness, 148
Sparletta Creme Soda, 28
Willard's chip, 28
Vodka, 32
Apples, 35
Toast, 41, 221
Stewed plums, 41
Wheatie buns, 42
Grapes, 42
Rum, 42
    Rum punch, 117-118
Chili, 43
Plum jam, 43
Brandy, 87, 89, 129, 150, 191, 193, 201
Chocolate, 87-89
Mutton, 87
Coffee, 87, 130
Fried sweetbreads, 87
Rowntrees Fruit Gums, 90
Dolly mixture, 90
Mashed potatoes, 125, 190
Port, 124
Sherry, 125
Champagne, 149-151
Eggs, 160
Curries, 165, 218
     Fish curry, 222
Sausage rolls, 177
Coke Cola, 177
Boervors, 179
Koeksisters, 170
Sadza, 190
Piri piri prawns, 205
Tilapia, 220
Corn porridge, 221
Turmeric rice, 222

Books/Authors mentioned in Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness:
Katherine Mansfield, epigraph
William Shakespeare, 4, 127-8, 167
     King Lear, 127
     MacBeth, 127
     Hamlet, 127
     Coriolanus, 127 
West with the Night / Beryl Markham, 6
The Flame Trees of Thika / Elspeth Huxley, 6
Out of Africa / Isak Dinesen, 6
The Air Pilot's Manual / Trevor Tom, 10
German Step by Step / Charles Berlin, 10
The Ring of Bright Water / Gavin Maxwell, 19
Heaven's Command: an Imperial Progress / Jan Morris, 19
Christopher Robin, 33
A.A. Milne, 33
     Winnie-the-Pooh, 167
Rudyard Kipling 54, 181
     The Jungle Book, 167
Ernest Thompson Seton, 54, 181
White Mischief / James Fox, 64
N.P. Van wyk Louw (poet), 105
The Wind in the Willows / Kenneth Grahame, 167
C.S. Lewis, 181
Lewis Carroll, 181
Laura Ingalls Wilder, 181
Robindranath Tagore, 197
W.C. Fields, 197

Music mentioned in Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness:
"Come Fly with Me" / Frank Sinatra, 7
"Fly Me to the Moon" / Frank Sinatra, 9
"The Bandit" / Cliff Richards and The Shadows, 14
Donovan, 21
     "Sunshine Superman", 21
     "Season of the Witch", 21
     "The Fat Angel", 21
Bob Dylan, 21
"I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" / Joe South, 26-27, 32
"From Russia with Love" / Matt Munro, 32-33
Doris Day, 111
     "Sentimental Journey", 75
     "Everybody Loves my Baby", 170
"God Save the Queen", 92
"The Hallelujah Chorus"/  Handel, 119, 150
"The Banana Boat Song" / Harry Belafonte, 145
"You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Lucille" / Kenny Rogers, 179
Chopin, 181
Strauss, 181
Brahms, 181
"The Last Farewell" / Roger Whittaker, 193
"The Flowers of the Forest", 201
"Cammi i colori...", Tosca / Puccini, 222-223

Libraries mentioned in Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness:
p. 122: Considering that Mum has always moved with a full complement of animals and a sizable library, precious few other acquisitions have survived the shift from one place to the next. "Lost, stolen, broken, died, left behind." she says.

Some of my favorite passages from Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness:
p. 144: Whether out of desperation, ignorance or hostility, humans have an unerring capacity to ignore one another's sacred traditions and to defile one another's hallowed grounds:...Surely until all of us own and honor one another's dead, until we have admitted to our murders and forgiven one another and ourselves for what we have done, there can be no truce, no dignity and no peace.

p.196: No one starts a war warning that those involved will lose their innocence--that children will definitely die and be forever lost as a result of the conflict; that the war will not end for generations and generations, even after cease-fires have been declared and peace treaties have been signed. No one starts a war that way, but they should. It would at least be fair warning and an honest admission: even a good war--if there is such thing--will kill anyone old enough to die.

And lastly, I loved how Ms. Fuller continually lists her mother's Le Creuset pots (p.121-122, 124, 136, 147, 153, 164-165, 209, 218, 222) in the short list of items that her Mum moved from place to place. Decades ago, my husband received a complete set of these pots as a gift from his parents and he will NEVER part with them!  It was not a good day in our house when I dropped the 7-quart pot on our tile floor and it broke.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Legend of Colton H. Bryant



Book menu for The Legend of Colton H. Bryant by Alexandra Fuller


ISBN of edition I read: 9781594201837 (hardcover)


Food mentioned in The Legend of Colton H. Bryant:
Coffee, 22, 49, 52, 81
Mountain Dew, 31-32, 46, 57, 73, 79, 90, 92, 9405, 98, 100, 118, 123-124
     127, 139, 150, 155-156, 161
Turkey sub, 37
Veggie sub, 37
Baked potato chips, 37
Soda, 90
     Diet soda, 37, 127
Marshmallows, 45, 48-50, 70, 88-89, 190
Burgers, 46, 124, 135
     Cheeseburgers, 95-96
Sausages, 49
Bacon, 52, 162
Beer, 74, 106, 110
Meatloaf, 79, 106, 123, 144, 146, 163
Hot dogs, 88-89, 113
Pop Tarts, 90
French fries, 95, 124
Pizza, 98, 122
Whiskey, 110
     Wild Turkey, 112
Cornflakes, 110
Doughnuts, 122
Sweet & sour pork & dumplings, 127
Szechuan beef with broccoli, 127
Chicken chow mein, 127
Fortune cookies, 127-128
Pringles, 129
Pancakes, 162
Chocolates, 163

Music mentioned in The Legend of Colton H. Bryant:
Neil Diamond, 30, 57, 68, 118
     "Forever in Blue Jeans", 31, 106
"Feed Jake" / Danny Bear Mayo, epigraph, 34, 50 91, 100, 183
Dolly Parton, 57, 101
Kenny Rogers, 57
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 68, 163
     "Long Hard Road Rusty Guy", 118
Sara Evans, 158
     "Fishing in the Dark", 188
     "No Place That Far", 189

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Scibbling the Cat:Travels with an African Soldier



Book menu for Scribbling the Cat by Alexandra Fuller


ISBN of edition I read: 1594200165 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Scribbling the Cat:
Coke, 5
Fried mealie meal cakes, 5
Tea, 13, 20-21, 24, 28, 32-33, 48, 50, 61, 79-80, 107, 109-110
     132, 139, 178-179, 181, 186-187, 192, 201, 209, 211-213, 215,216, 240, 248
Beer, 13, 67, 77, 79, 88, 100, 102-103, 120, 141, 155, 161, 194, 203, 224
Vodka, 14, 67
     Vodka and Coke, 67
Sherry, 15-16
Bananas, 16-17, 29, 33, 43-44, 49, 98, 121
Orange juice, 19, 160
Turkey, 44
Biscuits, 53, 98, 175
Fried okra, 53
Coffee, 73, 209
Sundried tomatoes & wild mushrooms with olive oil, 73
Chicken, 96
Vegetarian samosas, 86
Peanuts, 120, 141
Potato chips, 120, 141, 155-156
Fish, 175
Sadza, 175
Cheese, 175
Eggs, 185
Fruit, 185, 209
Porridge, 197
Vegetable curry, 208
Mangoes, 227
Wine, 231-232


Books/Authors mentioned in Scribbling the Cat:
Echoing Silences / Alexander Kanengoni, 1
Rhodesians Never Die / Peter Godwin, 39


Music mentioned in Scribbling the Cat:
Wrex Tarr
     "Terrorist's Lament", 40
     "Picanin Red Riding Hood", 40

My favorite passages from Scribbling the Cat:

p.72: "It should not be physically possible to get from the banks of the Pepani River to Wyoming in less than two days, because mentally and emotionally it is impossible. The shock is too much, the contrast too raw. We should sail or swim or walk from Africa, letting bits of her drop out of us and gradually, in this way, assimilate the excesses and liberties of the States in tiny, incremental sips, maybe touring up through South America and Mexico before trying to stomach the land of the Free and the Brave."


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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight




Book Menu for Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller


ISBN of edition I read: 0375507507 (hardcover)


Food mentioned in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
:
Tea 7, 13, 15, 33, 43, 70, 79, 81, 82, 92 102, 106, 109, 125, 139
Whiskey, 12, 13
Coffee, 15, 33, 58, 182-183, 275
Boiled eggs, 15, 132, 199, 203-204, 213 182-183,275
White cornbread, 15
Coke, 18, 48-51, 62-62, 87, 96-97, 126, 159-160
Wine, 19-20. 31, 117, 213, 218
Beer, 21-22, 24, 92, 117, 183, 213, 217 221, 242,274
     278-279, 282, 284, 291, 294-295
Gin 31, 249, 295
    Gin & tonic, 293-294
Fried eggs, 33, 109
Bananas, 102, 132, 182, 21
     Fried bananas, 33
Tomatoes, 33
     Fried tomatoes, 132, 295
Toast, 33, 43, 107, 109, 132
Potato chips, 132
     Willards chips, 48, 86, 96-97
     Salt & vinegar chips, 159-160
Ham sandwiches, 49-51
Shortbread, 57
Sugar-covered peanuts, 60
Bubble gum, 61, 86
Pronutro, 61, 125-126
Brandy, 61, 92, 99, 101, 152, 172, 174, 204, 213, 284, 295
     Brandy & Coke, 189, 211
Bread, 62
Sausage rolls, 62, 132
Chocolate sponge-cake, 62-63
Marie biscuits, 64-65
Porridge, 67-68, 109, 166, 191
Biscuits, 70, 230
Butternut rocks, 86
Pineapple, 65, 90
Koeksisters, 92
Pound cake, 92
Scones, 92, 325
     with strawberry jam & clotted cream, 135
Lemonade, 117
Bacon, 132, 295
Cocoa Puffs, 132
Honey Pops, 132
Corn Flakes, 132
Muesli, 133
Fruit salad, 133
Cheese & crackers, 133
Peppermints, 139
Pink-coated peanuts, 143
Sadza, 154-165, 173
Cake, 156, 158-159
Chocolates, 169
Bran flakes, 172
Baked beans, 172, 174, 182, 203-4
Fish in tomato sauce, 172
Oranges, 198-199, 213
Irish coffees, 219
Nshima, 236, 244, 256
Mince pies, 249
Mulled wine, 249, 283
Yorkshire pudding, 267
Lemon-carrot cake, 273
Jam sandwiches, 275
Christmas cake, 279, 285
Eggnog, 282
Watermelon filled with gin, 282, 285
Christmas goose, 284-288
Lamb, 285
Potatoes, 285
Champagne, 289, 295-296
Pork chops, 291

Books/Authors mentioned in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight:
A.P. Herbert, epigraph
The Prince and the Pauper / Mark Twain, 6
Rudyard Kipling, 40
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe / C.S. Lewis, 65


Music mentioned in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight:
"The Skye Boat Song", 13
"The Flower of Scotland", 14
"Yesterday" / The Beatles, 67
"Oh, My Darling, Clementine", 88
Lucille / Kenny Rogers, 93
Love Me Tender / Elvis Presley, 93
"Morning Has Broken", 141
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy / Rod Stewart, 170, 175
Roger Whittaker, 194, 196, 202, 205, 211, 243
Chopin, 202, 205, 243
"1812 Overture" / Tchaikovsky, 202, 243
Ipi-Tombi (musical), 218
Bizet, 243
     "Carmen", 252
Puccini, 243
Brahms, 243
Rachmaninoff, 243
Debussy, 243
"Cocaine" / Eric Clapton, 282
"It Came Upon on Midnight Clear", 282
Hallelujah Chorus, 282
"Jingle Bells", 282
"Give Peace a Chance" / John Lennon, 283


Libraries mentioned in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight:
p. 139: "Chancellor Junior School is an "A" school, for white children only...We have our very own extensive library and more than enough books to go around. We have more than enough very well-trained (only white) teachers to go around..."



                                                       

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