Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Skeleton's Knee

 


Book menu for The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor

Food mentioned in The Skeleton's Knee
:
Coffee, 3, 60, 135, 173-174, 194
Trail mix, 18, 26
Macaroni and cheese, 27
Vegetarian lasagna, 55
French bread, 55
Tea, 60
Chicken salad sandwiches, 112
Coke, 113
Fig newtons, 154
Peanut M&Ms, 158
Hamburgers, 194
Milkshakes, 194
Pizza, 199
Popcorn, 210, 216
Sour kraut, potatoes, and sausage, 230

Books/Author mentioned in The Skeleton's Knee:
Mark Twain, 30
      A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
, 13, 18
     The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 30
     What is Man?, 30
     The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories, 30
Ernest Hemingway, 30
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 30
William Faulkner, 30
Edith Wharton, 30
Edgar Allan Poe, 30
Thomas Hardy, 30
Fyodor Dostoyevski, 30
The Scarlet Letter / Nathaniel Hawthorne, 73, 124, 278
"City of Big Shoulders" / Carl Sandburg, 129

Pages numbers refer to the mass market paperback: (ISBN: 0466400998)

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Scent of Evil

 


Book menu for Scent of Evil by Archer Mayor

Food mentioned in Scent of Evil
:
Coffee, 10, 58, 64, 68, 274, 325
Cheetos, 27
Coke, 27
Pigs-in-a-blanket, 42
Fruit cocktail, 42
Doughnuts, 58
     Banana cream, 68
     Honey-dipped chocolate, 68
Orange juice, 68
Pizza, 68
Fruit salad, 131
Iced tea, 131
Ice cream, 131
Blue and cream cheese stuffed celery 131
Carrot soup, 131
Beer, 155
Ginger ale, 182
Ham and cheese grinders, 294

Books mentioned in Scent of Evil:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle, 10
The Joy of Sex / Alex Comfort, 45
Charles Dickens, 144
Harold Robbins, 144
Ernest Hemingway, 214
     The Old Man and the Sea, 214
Physician's Desk Reference, 341

Movies mentioned in Scent of Evil:
Inherit the Wind, 61

TV shows mentioned in Scent of Evil:
Miami Vice, 83, 142

Magazines mentioned in Scent of Evil:
Fine Home Building, 235
New York Times Magazine, 235
Consumer Reports, 310
Road and Track, 310

Discussable quote from Scent of Evil:
"I began wondering what it was that had prompted me as a young man to pursue a line of business so dedicated to exposing society's least attractive habits." (page 308)

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition (ISBN: 0892964715)


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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Borderline


Book menu for Borderlines by Archer Mayor

Food mentioned in Borderlines:
Beer, 23, 65-66
Coffee, 24, 44, 49-50,100, 102, 161, 167, 178
Doughnuts, 42, 44, 49, 163, 165, 178
Tonic water, 66
Coke, 71, 152-153
Lemonade, 98
Hershey's kisses, 142
Fruit juices, 152
Natural sodas, 152
Chili, 153, 155, 157
Lemon chicken, 153
Cinnamon rolls, 161
Tea, 163-164

Books/Authors mentioned in Borderlines:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain, 75

Music mentioned in Borderlines:
Muzak, 154

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition (ISBN: 0399135537)

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Monday, March 7, 2022

Nightmare Alley


 

Book menu for Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham

Food mentioned in Nightmare Alley
:
Lemon Soda, 526
Milk, 534
Beer, 534, 656, 789, 791
Pretzels, 534
Popcorn, 542, 558
Coffee, 551-552, 660, 669, 677, 759, 785, 787
Orange juice, 552
Eggs, 552,677
     Bacon and eggs, 660
     Ham and eggs, 784-785
Melba toast, 552
Chocolate bar, 579
Whiskey, 603, 606
     Scotch, 678-679
Bread and jelly, 613
Champagne, 626, 630, 632
Tea, 651
Taffy, 661
Chicken with rice and gravy, 668
Brandy, 682-683, 689, 695, 705, 719-720, 725-726, 738, 751
     Hennessy, 693-694, 750
Manhattans, 693
Martinis, 693
Applejack, 704
Jasmine tea, p.741
Raspberry Sherbet, 766

Books/Authors mentioned in Nightmare Alley:
"The Wasteland" / T.S. Eliot, p.521
The Satyricon / Petronius, p. 521
Arthur Conan Doyle, p. 657

Music mentioned in Nightmare Alley:
"Sweet Rosie O'Grady", 530
"Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me", 597
"Oh My Laddie, My Laddie", 613
"The Old Rugged Cross", 638
"On the other Side of Jordan", 638, 646, 653
"Hark, Hark the Lark at Heaven's Gate", 653
Charlie McCarthy, 679
Phil Requete, 680
"Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad/ Bobby Burns, 680
"Treues Liebes Herz" from The Harlot's House / Strauss, 693

Magazines mentioned in Nightmare Alley:
Variety, 656

Page numbers refer to Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and '40s
(ISBN: 1883011469)

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Monday, February 28, 2022

The Lost Daughter

 


Book Menu for The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante

Food mentioned in The Lost Daughter
:
Coffee, 13, 16, 110
Peaches, 13-14
Plums, 13-14
Pears, 13-14
Grapes, 13-14, 134
Figs, 13-14
Ice cream 19, 28, 99, 126
Wine, 28, 103
Cotton candy, 31, 130
Toasted almonds, 31, 129
Potato croquettes, 33
Oranges, 33, 102
Beer, 33
Cookies, 59
Apples, 62
Fish, 103-105
     Mullet, 106
Popcorn, 127
Coconut, 129
Toasted hazelnuts, 129

Books/Authors mentioned in The Lost Daughter:
"Haciendo Serpentinas" / Maria Guerra, 62
E.M. Forster, 95
W.H. Auden, 100

Music mentioned in The Lost Daughter:
"The Man Who Sold the World" / David Bowie, 86

Pages numbers refer to the paperback edition (ISBN: 9781609457693)

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Friday, February 18, 2022

Men Without Women


Book Menu for Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami

Food mentioned in "Drive My Car":
Wine, 19
Whiskey, 27, 31, 33

Books/Authors mentioned in "Drive My Car":
Uncle Vanya (play) / Anton Chekhov, 13, 36

Music mentioned in "Drive My Car":
Beethoven's string quartets, 13
The Beach Boys, 13
The Rascals, 13
Credence Clear Water Revival, 13
The Temptations, 13
__________________________________________________________

Food mentioned in "Yesterday":
Tea, 50, 57
Coffee, 58
Pizza, 59-60, 62, 66
Chianti, 59, 66, 72
Baumkuchen cake, 60

Books/Authors mentioned in "Yesterday":
Sanshiro / Natume Soseki, 43
Franny and Zooey / J. D. Salinger, 55

Music mentioned in "Yesterday":
"Yesterday" / The Beatles, 41, 47-48, 74-75
Jimi Hendrix, 42
"Like Someone in Love", 72
____________________________________________________________

Food mentioned in "An Independent Organ":
Nikujaga stew, 79
Sea bass en papillote, 79
Wine, 80
     Pinot Noir, 95, 112
Beer , 90, 98
     Black and Tans, 91
Friend potatoes, 91
Pickles, 91
Espresso, 100-101

Books/Authors mentioned in "An Independent Organ":
Gonchunagon Atsutada, 91

Music mentioned in "An Independent Organ":
Franz Shubert, 94
Felix Mendelssohn, 94
Barry White, 99
"My Way" / Frank Sinatra, 112
_________________________________________________________________

Food mentioned in "Scheherazade":
Perrier water, 117, 133
Coffee, 117

Books/Authors mentioned in "Scheherazade":
The Thousand and One Nights, 114, 116
Kukoru / Soseki Natsume, 130
_________________________________________________________________

Food mentioned in "Samsa in Love":
Bread, 192
Sausages, 192
Hard-boiled eggs, 192
Mashed potatoes, 192
Coffee, 193
_________________________________________________________________

Music mentioned in "Men Without Women":
Percy Faith, 225
     "A Summer Place", 226-227
Montovani, 225
Raymond Lefevre, 225
Frank Chacksfield, 225
Francis Lai, 225, 227
     "13 Jours en France", 225
101 Strings, 225, 227
Paul Mauriat, 225
Billy Vaughan, 225
Derek and the Dominos, 225
Otis Redding, 225
The Doors, 225
Gorillaz, 227
Black Eyed Peas, 227
"Moon River" / Henry Mancini, 227
Jefferson Airplane, 227

My favorite passage from this story collection:
"Maybe working on the little things, as dutifully and honestly as we can is how we stay sane when the world is falling apart.", p.209

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition (ISBN: 9780451494627)

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Saturday, January 8, 2022

The Power of the Dog

 


Book menu for The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage

Food mentioned in The Power of the Dog
:
Rum, 4
Chokecherry wine, 30
Fried chicken, 51, 104
Steak, 51, 111
Biscuits, 51, 84, 104
Coffee, 51, 107, 114, 118, 151, 204
Pickled eggs, 58
Herring, 58
Peanuts, 58
Peach cobbler, 73
Fried halibut, 95, 111
Chile con carne, 95
Sandwiches, 107, 114
     Roast beef sandwiches, 186
     Deviled ham sandwiches, 237
Creamed chicken, 115
Neapolitan ice, 115
Terrapin, 115
Champagne, 115
Beef stew, 116
Malted milk, 133
Popovers, 142
Maple mousse, 143
Orange Blossom, 144, 149
Apples, 186, 237
Oatmeal, 203
Pancakes, 203
Ham and eggs, 204
Omelettes, 204
Creamed chipped beef, 204
Grapefruit, 204
Strawberries, 204
Liver with bacon and onions, 210
Ambrosia, 214

Books/Authors mentioned in The Power of the Dog:
Lord Byron, 28
Charles Dickens, 114
Walter Scott, 114
Lysistrata / Aristophanes, 126
William Shakespeare, 220

Music mentioned in The Power of the Dog:
"Red Wing", 10, 72, 101
"Hot Time in the Old Time", 10
"The Red Mill", 24, 140
"Just Like a Gypsy", 51, 123, 240
"Joan of Arc", 51
"Tea for Two", 51
"By the Light of the Stars", 51
"The Jolly Coppersmith", 72
"The Pink Lady", 89
Strauss, 123, 154
"The Rosary", 123
Mozart, 124
Chopin, 133
Schumann-Heink, 136
"The Runaway" Gal", 140
"Mademoiselle Modiste", 140

Magazines mentioned in The Power of the Dog:
Saturday Evening Post, 8, 10, 70, 75, 80, 126, 166
Asia, 8, 75
Mentor, 8, 34, 90
Scientific American, 8
Town & Country, 34, 90
International Studio, 34, 90
Century, 34, 90
Harper's Bazaar, 95
Ladies Home Journal, 130
True Romance, 200, 246

My favorite passage from The Power of the Dog:
"To be kind is to try to remove obstacles in the way of those who love and need you."p. 47

Page numbers refer to the movie tie-in paperback edition. (ISBN: 9780316610896)

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