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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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Killing in the Real World




Book Menu for A Killing in the Real World by Chris Bohjalian

ISBN of edition I read: 0312017812 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in A Killing in the Real World:

Watercress sandwiches, 7
Egg McMuffin, 15
Coffee, 23, 56, 89-91-92, 98, 144, 168, 178, 183-184
Vodka tonics, 36
Wine, 36, 75, 139
Croissant, 37
Red Zinger tea, 56
Wise Potato Chips, 62
Fondue, 74-75
Tea, 89
Cheeseburgers, 98
Cinnamon toast, 115
Roast beef, 127
Yorkshire pudding, 127
Meat & cheese plate, 137
Crudites, 137
Milanos, 154
Milky Way bar, 154, 177
Turkey sandwich, 176
English muffin, 178
Ice cream, 182
Blueberries, 185
Maple spread, 185, 201
Bacon, 189
Pancakes, 189, 191, 195

Books/Authors mentioned in A Killing in the Real World:
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 40
Robert Frost, 90, 95
Ann Beattie, 95

Music mentioned in A Killing in the Real World:
Peter Gabriel, 40
Wham, 148

Television programs mentioned in A Killing in the Real World:
Twilight Zone, 54

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Flight Attendant




Book menu for The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian


The public library where I work is hosting Mr. Bohjalian this coming May! So, I'll be reading and blogging about many of his novels during the next several months.


ISBN of edition I read: 9780385542418  (advanced reading copy)

Food mentioned in The Flight Attendant:

Date and sugar cookies, 3
Turkish Delight candies, 3
Scotch, 4, 47
Coke, 242
     Coke Zero, 4
     Diet Coke, 235, 354
Stoli vodka, 5-6, 9, 17, 56
Arak, 6, 9, 12, 32-33, 137, 209, 225
Tequila, 10, 61-62, 92, 193, 226, 354
     Jose Cuervo, 56
Gin, 10, 224-225
     Gin and tonic, 192, 224
Tea, 15, 80, 222
Iced tea, 17, 37
Rye and Arabian bitters, 17
Chocolate liqueur and raspberries, 18
Sangria, 21
Wine, 42, 92
     Red wine, 28, 53
          Chianti, 59-60, 91, 95
     Riesling, 47, 202
Mixed nuts, 30
Blanquette de veau, 32, 58
Coq au vin, 32
Halloumi Cheese, 39
Fresh fruit, 40
Maamoul Cookies, 40
Beer, 47, 62
Coffee, 53, 85, 105, 153, 262, 314
     Espresso, 141
     Cappuccino, 294, 296
Sipsmith, 56
Tomato soup, 58
Crackers, 58
Ice cream 66
     Rum raisin, 67
     Chocolate chip cookie dough, 67
Jelly beans, 69
Eggs in mustard sauce, 70
Scrambled eggs, 82
Home fries, 82
Bacon, 82
Oatmeal, 82, 138
Peanuts, 87
Drambuie, 92, 151, 225, 275
Mackinnon, 92
Cuttysark, 119
Altoids, 119
Negroni, 126, 129, 137, 274, 277, 302, 310
Akvavit, 137
Irish coffee, 138, 140
Falafel, 147, 166-167, 170
Pastries, 159
Cheeses, 159
Exotic fruits, 159
Yogurt and purslane salad, 159
Fried eggs and Turkish sausage, 159-160
Margaritas, 193, 200, 228
Ararat cognac, 214
Bagels, 215
Dim sum, 219
Dumplings, 219
Pan fried noodles, 219
Peppermint macaroons, 219
Spring rolls, 220
Jack Daniels, 221
Long Island iced tea, 222
Tsingtao beer, 222, 224
Pina colada, 222-223
Dirty martinis, 240
Warmed nuts, 241
Steak, 240
Salmon, 240
Limoncello, 274
Bellinis, 274, 277-278, 294-295, 297
Gelato, 291
Pecorino cheese, 292
Sparking water, 294, 310
Cointreau, 301-302
Panzanella salad, 310
Perugio chocolates, 313, 322
Vodka and tonic, 351

Books/Authors mentioned in The Flight Attendant:
Margaret Atwood, epigraph
Alexander Pushkin, 73, 153, 207
Leo Tolstoy, 31, 73, 118, 153, 203, 225, 313, 318, 353
     Happy Ever After, 74, 125, 203, 245
     Death of Ivan Ilyich, 125, 166
     Anna Karenina, 239
Ivan Turgenev, 31, 73, 153
Fyodor Dostoyevski, 31
Anton Chekhov, 73, 214
     Fathers and Sons, 73
King Lear / William Shakespeare, 204
Chernyshevsky, 214
Charlotte's Web / E.B. White, 224
The Giver / Lois Lowry, 224
Matilda / Roald Dahl, 224
The Scarlet Letter / Nathaniel Hawthorne, 239
Carlo Levi, 312
A Raisin in the Sun (play) / Lorraine Hansberry, 325

Movies mentioned in The Flight Attendant:
Blade Runner, 16
Lawrence of Arabia, 16

Music mentioned in The Flight Attendant:
"Chandelier" / Sia, 100
"She Said She Said" / The Beatles, 177, 180
Tchaikovsky, 214
     Eugene Onegin, 5
"Concerto no. 2" / Mozart, 215
Taylor Swift, 240
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