Monday, January 14, 2019

The Wife




Book menu for The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

ISBN of edition I read: 0684869403 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in The Wife:
Nuts, 9, 11
Cookies. 8-11, 23
     Tollhouse cookies, 10
Cheese, 11
Whisky, 11 50
Wine, 11, 82, 92, 115, 139, 162, 168
Brisket, 12, 14
Sponge cake, 13
Chocolates, 14
Prawns in black bean sauce, 15
Hostess Sno-Balls, 17, 145, 178, 201
Tapioca pudding, 18
Sourballs, 18
Liver, 18
Ebinger's Blackout Cake, 19
Sherbert, 20
Oranges 21
Panckes, 21
Coffee, 22, 95, 200
Corn chips, 23
Scotch, 26
Cornish game hens, 29
Figs, 35
Steak, 40, 136, 214
Crullers, 41
Walnuts, 42-43 49, 58-59, 63, 69-70, 96, 106 110, 155
Shepherd's pie, 45
Hard candies, 49
Bundt cakes, 64
Yorkshire pudding, 71
Roast beef, 71
Lamb chops, 75
Champagne 82
Poached salmon, 82
Guava nectar, 82
Fried egg sandwiches, 89
Caramels, 90
Bourbon, 90
Fruit & cheese 95
Spaghetti al burro 98
Vodka, 101, 139
     Vodka tonics, 149
Coke, 106
Egg foo yung, 111
Peaches, 117
Hamburgers, 130
Martinis, 136-137
Twice-baked potatoes, 136
Karelian pasties, 139
Iced tea, 142
Kasha Knish, 143
Pretzel sticks, 156
Potato pancakes, 161, 163
Beer, 162
Bloody Marys, 171
Bread pudding, 175
Foie gras, 187
Chestnut cake, 197
Scotch, 214

Books/Authors mentioned in The Wife:
Dylan Thomas, 11
Simone Weil, 20
The Nancy Drew series, 33
The Trixie Belden series, 33
Jane Austen, 196
     Mansfield Park,  42-43
Charles Dickens, 43
     Oliver Twist, 45
Gustave Flaubert, 43
Leo Tolstoy, 43
Anton Chekhov, 43
James Joyce, 43, 58, 71, 198
     Ulysses, 43
     Dubliners, 43
     The Dead, 189
Virginia Woolf, 44, 170
Flannery O'Connor, 51-52
Carson McCullers, 52, 134
O'Henry, 55
Rainer Maria Rilke, 182
     Letters to a Young Poet, 59
Henry James, 90, 202
     The Golden Bowl
, 85
     The Turn of the Screw, 103
Arthur Miller, 88
Mary McCarthy, 103 131 134, 198
Thornton Wilder, 109
The Naked and the Dead / Norman Mailer, 125
Lillian Hellman, 131, 134
Gunter Grass, 139
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 139
"Kalevala" (Finnish poem), 139, 149, 186, 191
"Hiawatha" (poem) / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 139 149
Jacques Lacan, 141
Saul Bellow, 182
Les fleurs du mal / Charles Beaudelaire, 182
The Brontes, 196
Henrik Ibsen, 210

Music mentioned in The Wife:
Jean Sibelius , 10
"Gaudeamus Igatur", 46
"A String of Pearls" / Jerry Gray, 55
South Pacific soundtrack, 56 198
     "Here I am Your Special Island", 58
Herbie Hancock, 90
Yma Sumac, 102
"A Town without Pity" / Gene Pitney, 136
Jefferson Airplane, 162
Django Reinhardt, 194
Mozart, 200


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Monday, December 17, 2018

Oasis




Book menu for Oasis Gregory Maguire

ISBN of edition I read: 0395670195 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Oasis:
Spaghetti Os, 9
Iced tea, 13
Johnny Walker Black, 26
Wine, 26, 29, 31-32
Punch, 30
Tea, 35, 60, 78
Pizza, 93
     Pepperoni and mushroom pizza, 38
Rootbeer, 39
Hot dogs, 40, 104
Corn bread, 62
Eggs, 73074
Khorescht, 92, 146
Lemonade, 102-103
Potato chips, 104
Milkshakes, 104
Knockwurst & sauerkraut, 147
Bratwurst & sauerkraut, 147
Corn chips, 164-166
Tuna sandwich on rye, 165
Chili, 166

Books/Authors mentioned Oasis:
Henry David Thoreau, 29, 157
Emily Dickinson, 31, 57, 89-90, 95, 112, 132, 157
     "I Heard a Fly Buzz--When I Dies" (poem), 32, 142
     "The Bustle in a House" (poem), 1, 33, 44
     "To Break so Vast a Heart" (poem), 53
     "I'm Nobody. Who are You?" (poem), 72
     "There is a pain--so utter" (poem), 87
     "Tell all the truth but tell in slant" (poem), 115
     "Lad of Athens faithful be" (poem), 141-142
The Belle of Amherst (play) / William Luce, 32, 140
William Shakespeare, 56, 58, 112, 157
Virginia Woolf, 57, 112
William Soutar, 61
Superman (comic books), 71, 98
Batman (comic books), 72-73
Captain America (comic books), 73
Justice League (comic books), 73
The Story of Ferdinand  / Munro Leaf, 73
The Incredible Hulk (comic books), 86, 99
Our Town / Thornton Wilder, 133
The Picture of Dorian Gray / Oscar Wilde, 139

Music mentioned in Oasis:
"Stand By Your Man" / Tammy Wynette, 20
"Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson" / Aaron Copland, 32

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

If Beale Street Could Talk




Food mentioned in If Beale Street Could Talk:

Ice cream, 9, 63, 76
Hot dogs, 9
Doughnuts, 14, 159
Ham hocks, 20
Chitterlings, 20
Fried or roasted chicken, 20
Yams, 20
Rice 20, 104
Greens, 20
Cornbread, 20, 104
Biscuits, 20
Beer, 34, 40, 53, 67, 88-89, 100-101-102, 123, 187
Gin, 40, 63
     Gin & orange juice, 35, 185
     Gin & Seven-Up, 63
Brandy, 43-44, 47, 63, 67, 69, 143, 159, 196
Wine, 53, 57, 187
Coffee, 54, 83-84, 86, 143, 174
Omelette, 57
Margheritas, 57, 141-142
Whiskey, 57, 63
Paella, 57
Cokes, 63, 67
Seven-up, 63
Tea, 69, 113
Ribs, 105
Peas, 104
Milkshake, 135
Screwdriver, 151-153
Cocoa, 159-160

Books/Authors mentioned in If Beale Street Could Talk:
Romeo & Juliet / William Shakespeare, 18

Music mentioned in If Beale Street Could Talk:
"Uncloudy Day" / Josiah Kelley Alwood, 22, 151
"Blessed Quietness" / Manie Ferguson, 22
Aretha Franklin
    "Respect", 40
     "That's Life", 54
Ray Charles, 41
     "I Can't Stop Loving You", 153
"Compared to That", 99-100
"My Man" / Billie Holiday, 104
"What's Goin' On" / Marvin Gaye, 105
"My Lord and I" (hymn), 151
"Satisfaction" /Rolling Stones, 152
B.B. King, 167

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Wicked




Book menu for Wicked 
by Gregory Maguire

 ISBN of edition I read: 9780060391447 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Wicked:
Eggs, 7-8, 35, 232, 244
Tea, 25, 68, 85, 88, 92, 104, 129, 132, 146, 154
     194, 207-8, 209, 361
     Mint tea, 71
Bread, 25
Wine, 33, 36, 58, 147, 150, 166, 227
Fruit, 36
Bacon, Apple and Cheese Goulash, 53
Crystalized ginger, 71
Coffee, 75, 201, 204
Beer, 76
Orange juice, 81
Apples, 83, 85, 150, 327
Grapes, 96, 130, 281
Cheese sandwiches, 104
Lemonade, 116
Crumpets, 132
Mayonnaise, shredded carrot, and black olive sandwiches, 138
Saffron cream, 155, 162-163, 361
Oranges, 177, 185, 258
Sausage, 185
Chocolates, 193
Pork rolls, 197
Cherry chocolate frappe coffee, 201
Biscuits, 208
Scones & jam, 209
Vegetable pie, 213
Hot chocolate, 216, 256, 270
Pumpkin soup, 220
Dried fruit, 233
     Dried apricots, 270
Fruit and cheese, 244, 249, 301
Sherry, 250
Gingerbread, 256, 258, 279
Raisins, 257
Marzipan fruits, 260-261
Lemon tart, 360
Walnuts, 360
Whiskey, 367, 369
Lime tart, 369
Berries, 380
Cheese and crackers, 393-394
Caramel custard pudding, 399

Books/Authors mentioned in Wicked:
A System of Magic / Daniel Defoe, epigraph
War and Peace / Leo Tolstoy, epigraph
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz / L. Frank Baum, epigraph

Passages to discuss:
The dwarf gave a poetic welcome. "All our lives are activity without meaning; we burrow ratlike into life and we squirm ratlike through it and ratlike we are flung into our graves at the end. Now and then, why shouldn't we hear a voice of prophecy, or see a miracle play? Beneath the apparent sham and indignity of our ratlike lives, a humble pattern and meaning still applies!", p.16-17

"I never use the words humanist or humanitarian, as it seems to me that to be human is to be capable of the most heinous crimes in nature." p. 187

"I know this: The wickedness of men is that their power breeds stupidity and blindness," [Elphaba] said., p. 197

There was much to hate in this world, and too much to love. p.228



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Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Good Liar





Book menu for The Good Liar by Gregory Maguire

ISBN of edition I read: 0395906970 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in The Good Liar:
Fruit pies, 24, 31-32
Cognac, 33
Tea, 45, 123
Blackberries, 51
Blackberry tarts, 56, 59
Hard boiled eggs, 62, 64
Grapes, 62
Wine, 102
Salad 105
Sausage, 105
Apples, 105
Hard candies, 117


Books/Authors mentioned in The Good Liar:
Victor Hugo, 49, 85, 113
William Shakespeare, 78


Music mentioned in The Good Liar:
Mozart, 78

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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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