Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Father of the Rain

 


Book menu for Father of the Rain by Lily King

Food mentioned in Father of the Rain:
Iced tea, 6-7, 33
Burgers, 12
Minute steak, 13, 27
Martinis, 13, 25, 64, 78, 99, 123, 151, 159, 183, 203, 214, 344
Pizza, 20
Fried dough, 20, 199, 225-226, 228, 232   
Fried clams, 21, 273
Club sandwich, 21, 273
Hot Tomales, 28
Fried Chicken, 30
Frappes, 38
Raspberry rickeys, 38
Falafel sandwiches, 39
Grappa, 39
Cornflakes, 40
Jelly Beans, 48
Tuna casserole, 55-56
Coffee, 59, 119, 213, 234, 273, 381, 308
V8, 62
Vodka and orange juice, 64
Moo Goo gai pan, 67
Brownies, 73
Cookies, 303, 335
     Lace cookies, 75
    
Chocolate chip cookies, 104
    
Animal crackers, 265
Gin and tonics, 78   
Cheese and crackers, 78
Chipped beef, 82-83
Wine, 94-95, 105, 129
     Red wine, 256
Pad thai, 103
Donuts, 105
    
Crullers, 351
Coffee ice cream, 106, 169
Peanuts, 107, 189
Papaya juice, 107, 111
Sliced melon, 113
Baked Alaska, 115
Coke, 123
Banana cake, 128
Lime rickeys, 149
Hot dogs, 152, 160, 223, 284
Grand Marnier and Hawaiian punch, 157
Steak, 160, 168, 193
Asparagus and Hollandaise sauce, 168
Tuna fish sandwiches, 174
Lamb chops, 176
Mashed potatoes, 176
Tofu curry, 176
Bi bim bap, 176
Grilled cheese sandwiches, 190
Salad with avocado, 193
Ice cream and chocolate sauce, 193
Filet mignon with Bernaise sauce, 204, 207
Vichyssoise, 204
Scotch and sodas, 207
Doritos, 234
Chicken sandwiches,  244
Potato chips, 244
Watermelon, 244
Smoked salmon and crackers, 254
Cranberry fizz, 255
Prime rib, 255, 258
Club soda, 255
Cranberry soda, 258
Sliced apples, 268
French fries, 273
Beer, 275
Lobsters, 284
Green beans, 297
Garlic mashed potatoes, 297
Pies
     Apple pie, 297, 337
    
Strawberry rhubarb pie, 337
     Pecan, 337
     Cherry pie, 337

Chex mix, 297
Scotch and soda, 298
Mashed sweet potato, 298
Champagne, 300
Seltzer, 300Coconut angle food cake, 304
Tea, 305
Hot chocolate, 351


Books/Authors mentioned in Father of the Rain:
The Book of Job, epigraph
Mark Twain
     The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 48
     The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 48
Christopher Marlowe, 63
The Secret Garden / Frances Hodgson Burnett, p.64
Joseph Conrad, 104
It's Not the End of the World / Judy Blume, 107
The Age of Innocence / Edith Wharton, 124
Saul Bellow, 120
Bronislaw Malinowski, 131
Nadine Gordimer, 131
Go Tell it On the Mountain / James Baldwin, 155ë
Julius Caesar / William Shakespeare, 158
William Wordsworth, 195
Samuel Coleridge, 195
Penelope Fitzgerald, 196
     The Gate of Angels, 246
Alice Munro, 196
Independent People / Halldor Laxness, 196
Structural Anthropology / Claude Levi-Strauss, 196
The Patterns of Culture / Ruth Benedict, 196
The Pickwick Papers / Charles Dickens, 198
Margaret Mead, 205
Simone Weil, 212
Winesburg, Ohio / Sherwood Anderson, 229
The Second Sex / Simone the Beauvoir, 250
Charlotte Brontë, 285
Gunga Din / Rudyard Kipling, 298
Emily Dickinson, 327

Music mentioned in Father of the Rain:
John Denver, 21
Helen Reddy, 32
Cat Stevens, 32
The Carpenters, 32
"Maxwell's Silver Hammer" / The Beatles, 133
"Bennie and the Jets" / Elton John, 133-134
Bruce Springstein
     "Thunder Road", 134
     "Independence Day", 134
     "Nebraska", 134
"Jack and Diane" / John Mellencamp, 134
Cameo, 134
The Whispers, 134
Marvin Gaye, 135
"O-o-h Child" / Five Stairsteps, 137
"Put on a Happy Face" / Dick Van Dyke, 224
"Sweet Caroline" / Neil Diamond, 225
"Mandy" / Barry Manilow, 225
"My Eyes Adored You" / Frank Valli, 225
Glenn Miller, 259
"It's Like Reaching for the Moon" / Billie Holiday, 331-332

Movies mentioned in Father of the Rain:
The Wizard of Oz, 317

TV shows mentioned in Father of the Rain:
Hawaii Five-O, 11
Mannix, 11
The Price is Right, 151
Planet of the Apes, 225
Andy Griffin Show, 274
The Little Rascals, 341

Plays mentioned in Father of the Rain:
A Chorus Line, 83
Bye Bye Birdie, 221
The King and I, 230

Magazines mentioned in Father of the Rain:
Playboy, 88
Penthouse, 108, 116, 335
Time, 161

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Euphoria

 


Book menu for Euphoria by Lily King

Food mentioned in Euphoria
:
Gin, 5, 8, 110
Champagne, 12
Beef, 21
Mashed potatoes, 21
Wax beans, 21
Martinis, 38
Whiskey, 42, 46, 151, 216-217, 249
Tea, 119, 151
Jelly buttons, 57
Baked yams, 62
Jackfruit, 62
Sago cake, 99, 208
Coffee, 99, 179, 199, 213
Canned peaches, 106
Guava juice, 110
Biscuits, 119
Champagne, 150
Caramels, 151
Canned pears, 152
Canned sardines, 177
Apricots, 177
Dried fish, 208
Veal, 231
Welsh rarebit, 23
Spaghetti, 231
Cognac, 235-236, 238

Books/Authors mentioned in Euphoria:
Margaret Mead, epigraph
Ruth Benedict, epigraph
William Blake, 30
Alfred Tennyson, 30
"Hardness of Heart" (poem) / Edward Shillito, 31, 212
Amy Lowell, 92
     "Decade", 192
Light in August / William Faulkner, 139
Romeo and Juliet / William Shakespeare, 139
W. H. Auden, 170
Vaslaw Nijinsky, 190
Serge Diaghilev, 190
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 190
"The Ballad of Father Gilligan" (poem) / W.B. Yeats, 212
Rupert Brooke, 212
Wilfred Owen, 212
Sidfried Sassoon, 212

Many more books are also listed in the acknowledgments.


Magazine mentioned in Euphoria:
The New Yorker, 66, 231, 248

Music mentioned in Euphoria:
"Lady of Spain" (song), 19

Title mentioned on:
Page 50: "'It's that moment about two months in, when you think you've finally got a handle on the place. Suddenly if feels within your grasp. It's a delusion--you've only been there eight weeks--and it's followed by the complete despair of ever understanding anything. But at that moment the place feels entirely yours. It's the briefest, purest euphoria.'"

Page 115: She looked like she did not know quite what to do with me.

"'I didn't want to miss the euphoria. I haven't, have I? You said it happened at the second-month mark.'"

One of my favorite passages from Euphoria:
"We're always, in everything we do in this world, she said, limited by subjectivity. But our perspective can have an enormous wingspan, if we give it the freedom to unfurl.", p.50

Pages numbers refer to the hardcover edition: (ISBN 9780802122551)


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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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