Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Trans-Sister Radio




Book menu for Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian
ISBN of edition I read: 0609604074 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Trans-Sister Radio:
Beer, 10-11, 52
Salads, 11
Cheeses, 11
Wine 11, 64, 90, 93, 254
Strawberry pasta, 11
Couscous, 15
Diet soda, 27
Swordfish, 28
Coffee, 36, 41, 73, 103, 155, 168, 240, 261, 263, 278, 299, 333
     Iced coffee, 329
Strawberries and cream, 36
Cranberry juice, 51
Cheese and crackers, 53
Pumpkin soup, 63
Sweet potato vichyssoise, 63
Walnut beer bread, 63, 302-305
Mushroom tart, 63
Pasta with salmon, pine nuts & fennel, 63
Gin and tonics, 79
French toast, 80
Tea, 81
     Orange spice tea, 268
Pea salad, 84
Ham & cheese croissant, 129
Tomatoes stuffed with tuna salad, 129
Cranberry juice with club soda, 133
Sweet potatoes, 135
Eggnog, 136
Watercress sandwiches, 144
Pizza, 175, 198
Ravioli, 177
Daquiris, 182
Chocolates, 183-184
Apple cobbler, 185
Coleslaw, 198
Rhubarb pie, 216
Raspberry jam on English muffins, 221
Fruit shakes, 222
Egg salad sandwiches, 229
Vegetable lasagna, 239, 253
Fruit salad, 254
White chocolate mousse, 254
Curried carrots, 255
Banana muffins, 261
Champagne, 267, 297
Scones, 277
Cinnamon & vanilla Mandlebrot, 294
Hot chocolate with Amaretto, 294
Wine & club soda, 319

Books/Authors mentioned in Trans-Sister Radio:
Little Women / Louisa May Alcott, 12, 334
The Scarlet Letter / Nathaniel Hawthorne, 12, 203
Gustave Flaubert, 19
George Sand, 19, 192, 302
Jan Morris, 32, 205
Symposium / Plato, 268
The Garden of Eden/ Ernest Hemingway, 272

Music mentioned in Trans-Sister Radio:
Grand Funk Railroad, 40
Moody Blues, 40

My favorite quote from Trans-Sister Radio:
p.155: "I see no reason to court disappointment in this life. It seems to come often enough on its own."


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Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Law of Similars




Book menu for The Law of Similars
by Chris Bohjalian

ISBN of edition I read: (9780517705865: hardcover)


Food mentioned in The Law of Similars:
Juice boxes, 2, 15, 198
Macaroni & cheese, 14
Orange juice, 19
Lucky Charms cereal, 14
Kix cereal, 14
Apple slices, 15
Applesauce, 15
Pretzels, 15
Cookies, 15, 198
     Chocolate Chip, 109
     Sugar, 116
     Fruit juice sweetened, 117
     Gingerbread, 119
Spaghetti and sauce, 15
Bananas, 15, 204-205
Goldfish, 15
Coffee, 15, 19, 33, 41, 54-55, 70, 100, 155, 197
     221-222, 237, 243, 249, 258, 263, 274
Fruit, 15
     Honeydew, 16
     Pears, 108
     Melon, 127
Doughnuts, 15-16, 53-54, 59
     Bear claws, 15, 59
     Chocolate doughnuts, 52
Grape juice, 19
Herbal tea, 26, 57, 115, 128, 137
Cinnamon buns, 35
Calzone, 37, 40-41, 59
Dates, 53, 58, 108-109
Eggnog, 68, 167-169
Mars bars, 86
M&Ms candies, 86
Milky Way bars, 86
Mike & Ike candies, 86
Fireballs, 86
Tootsie Rolls, 86
Mint chocolate pie, 103
Wine 115, 118
Carob & Honey truffles, 117
Dates rolled in coconut, 117
Whole-wheat english muffins, 117
Breakfast tea, 117
Brie, 118
Ice cream, 129
Stuffed squash, 152
Sandwiches, 198
Chocolate truffles, 237, 243
Hot cider, 244, 246
Pie, 249

Books/Authors mentioned in The Law of Similars:
Honore de Balzac, 6
Marcel Proust, 6
Richard Wright, 6
Little Women / Louisa May Alcott, 28
Soul on Ice / Eldridge Cleaver, 60
Madeline / Ludwig Bemelmans, 63
Soul on Ice / Ludwig Bemelmans, 163
Arsenic & Old Lace (play) / Joseph Kesselring, 239

Music mentioned in The Law of Similars:
Edith Piaf, 6
Jim Morrison, 6, 270
Chopin, 6
"Love for Sale" / Cole Porter, 100
"Silent Night", 120

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Midwives



Book menu for Midwives by Chris Bohjalian


ISBN of edition I read: 0375706771 (trade paperback)

Food mentioned in Midwives:
Tea
     Iced tea, 9
     Herbal tea, 103, 137, 365
Chocolate milk, 22
Hamburgers, 27-28, 101, 103
Grilled cheese 27, 302
Beef jerky, 29
Cheese puffs, 29
Scotch, 148, 177, 183, 328
     Clan MacGegor scotch, 50
Waffles, 92
Coffee, 95, 106, 109, 137,140, 142, 150, 248
     Iced coffee, 370
Beer 111-112, 328
Soda, 113, 116, 271, 328
     Coke, 116
Bananas, 124
Cereal, 124
Beef Stroganoff, 138
Gazpacho, 144
Escabeche, 144
Pea & spinach soup, 144
Blueberry muffins, 144
Gingerbread cookies, 144
Chocolate tortes, 144
Baked potato, 149
Beef stew, 177
Cake, 215
Carrot salad with raisins & walnuts, 236
Fried dough, 245
Sausage heroes, 245
Cinnamon toast, 257
Hot chocolate, 257
Sandwiches, 271
Coleslaw 302,
Wine, 328

Books/Authors mentioned in Midwives:
Bible (Lamentations), epigraph
James Martineau, epigraph
The Sensuous Man / Joan Garrity, 58
The Joy of Sex / Alex Comfort, 58
Dracula / Bram Stoker, 245

Music mentioned in Midwives:
ABBA, 327
Shirelles, 327
Joni Mitchell, 327
Janis Joplin, 327

Libraries mentioned in Midwives:
p.144: "The Vermont midwives...conducted 'teach-ins' to explain home birth at public libraries in St. Johnsbury and Montpelier."

p. 271: "It was still pouring, so Tom and I ate our sandwiches in the front seat of the rusty Sunbird his older brother had finished repairing but would not be picked up by its owner until the end of the week. He had double-parked beside the Newport Library, an austere brick, almost imposing monolith across Main Street from the courthouse."

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Water Witches

Book menu for Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian


ISBN of edition I read: 0684826127 (paperback)

Food mentioned in Water Witches:
Carob-coated ice cream bars, 12
Coffee, 23-34, 44, 126, 138, 142, 192, 194, 243, 260
     Iced coffee, 13, 117
Pasta, 20
Wine, 42
Beer, 63, 65, 213, 260, 310
Milky Way bars, 66
Strawberries, 76
Blueberry jam, 93
Blueberry pie, 95, 235
Club soda, 131, 213-214
Cranberry juice, 131
Bread, 135, 215-216
Grilled salmon with horseradish sauce, 136
Potato pancakes, 136
Doughnuts, 151
Orange juice, 151
Blueberry brandy, 158
Tea, 160
     Iced tea, 215
Pea soup, 183
Tater tots, 183-184
Grilled cheese, 183
Macaroni salad, 215
Cap 'N Crunch, 241
Cocoa puffs, 241
Ice cream, 245-247
Coke, 260
Falafel burger, 290
Stuffed mushrooms, 311
Watercress sandwiches, 328

Book mentioned in Water Witches:
The Bible, epigragh
Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition, epigraph
John Steinbeck, 8
Robert Frost, 161
Macbeth / William Shakespeare, 261


Magazines mentioned in Water Witches:
Rolling Stone, 63
GQ, 97

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Past the Bleachers


Book menu for Past the Bleachers by Chris Bohjalian
ISBN of edition I read: 0881848026 (hardcover)


Food mentioned in Past the Bleachers:
Hot dogs, 11
Gatorade, 11, 182
Coffee, 25-26, 69, 186
Chicken 32, 138
Coca-Cola, 44
Maple syrup, 79
Spinach & salmon fettuccine, 89
Blueberry yogurt, 93
Chopped apples with peanut butter, 93
Spaghetti, 111-112
Wine, 138-139, 212
Hamburgers, 155
Chutney, 169
Brownies, 193
Ice cream, 210, 217
    Peanut butter ice cream with chocolate sauce, 210
Shrimp & Strawberry soup, 212
Ice tea, 212
Bread, 213
Asparagus, 217
Cotton candy, 229, 232
Kool-Aid, 239

Books/Authors mentioned in Past the Bleachers:
"Fathers playing catch with sons" / Donald Hall, epigraph
Garfield comics, 47

Music mentioned in Past the Bleachers:
The Four Seasons / Vivaldi, 213

Magazines mentioned in Past the Bleachers:
Vermont Life, 244

Television programs mentioned in Past the Bleachers:
Jeopardy, 193

Libraries mentioned in Past the Bleachers:
p.48: The books are almost antiques now.
        "Can kids even find these books today?"
        Harper nods her head that they can."The Sedgebury library has almost the entire series, and even
        Lincoln and Havington have a couple each."

p. 235: "Yeah!" he finally answers, shouting over the roar of the roller coaster. "I did see some blonde
            babe. She was lookin' for dinosaur books."
           "What did you tell her?"
           "I told her to try a library," he says smirking. He then turns away from me, looking up at the
            Lava Coaster's last car..."

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Hangman




Book menu for Hangman by Chris Bohjalian


ISBN of edition I read: 0881846856 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Hangman:
Eggnog, 17
Roast turkey, 18, 162
Carrots, 20
Coffee, 32, 34, 37, 49, 56, 64, 77-78, 90, 182, 185
    203-204, 223, 226, 246, 265
Shepherd's pie, 34, 38
Ambrosia, 34
Wine, 37
Beef Stroganoff, 48, 96, 98
Pâté mouse, 55
Chicken in maple butter, 55
Apple pie, 63, 162,  225
Brandy, 70
Roast chicken, 95
Toast, 104
Cereal, 104
Eggs, 104
     Eggs Benedict, 198
English muffin, 104
Tea, 104
Juicy Fruit gum, 107
Pepsi, 109, 138, 143, 271
Maple candy, 109
Toll house cookies, 122
Beer, 125, 236, 238
     Rolling Rock, 126
Ham, 162
Vegetable medley, 162
Finger rolls, 162
Mashed potatoes, 162
Pumpkin pie, 162
Chocolate pie, 162-163
Pears in ginger sauce, 198
Breaded pork chops, 232
Brownies, 232
Cheeseburgers, 235

Books/Authors mentioned in Hangman:
John Irving, epigraph

Music mentioned in Hangman:
"Silent Night", 17

Television program mentioned in Hangman:
Wheel of Fortune, 194
M*A*S*H, 195

Magazines mentioned in Hangman:
Vogue, 118
Cosmopolitan, 18
Redbook, 18
Look, 60, 112, 123, 206, 209
Sports Illustrated, 91
Vermont Life, 123, 190
Ladies Home Journal, 123
Country Living, 183
Mademoiselle, 196
Psychology Today, 196
Time, 231

My Favorite passages from Hangman:
p. 19: "Simon did what came naturally, what came from the heart. He hugged you when he saw you. He asked you how you felt, and actually listened to your answer. He told you he loved you, without inhibition, without shame, without any hidden meanings or agendas."

p. 217: "Give neither salt nor counsel till asked"

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