Thursday, June 15, 2017

Everybody's Fool



Book menu for Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

Since January I've been conducting a Richard Russo study.  The reason?  In preparation for his visit (that I organized) to our high school auditorium on May 15th.  He's currently on tour for his newest book of stories,
Trajectory.  I've been wanting to meet Mr. Russo since the early 2000s when I first read Empire Falls.  I was NOT disappointed! What a nice person and class act...and SO funny!

I could not get enough of Sully in both
Everybody's Fool and Nobody's Fool. Sadly, I'm sure there will be no follow up to Everybody's. But now I can move on to the last three Russo books I haven't read: The Whore's Child, That Old Cape Magic, and Bridge of Sighs.  Any suggestions on which I should start with?

ISBN of edition I read: 9780307270641 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Everybody's Fool:
Ginger-carrot soup, 18
Cheeseburgers, 32, 34, 53, 208, 214-215, 355, 445,
Ramps, 44-46
Cherry pie, 57, 64
Popsicle, 59
Coffee, 61, 64, 77-79, 153, 315, 333, 344, 373-374
Diet Coke, 93
French fries, 109
Cole slaw, 109
Cinnamon rolls, 112
Chicken with rice casserole, 113
Popcorn, 125
Genesee beer, 136
Pizza, 186
Friend chicken, 195, 205
Collard greens, 195, 205
Black-eyed peas, 195
Grits, 195
Watermelon, 195
Lamb chops, 196, 198, 205, 218, 228-229, 233
Salad, 196
Margaritas, 197
Wine
   Pinot Grigio, 209-210
   Red wine, 218
   Chardonnay, 290
Asparagus, 229
Cuba libre, 236
Banana bread, 270
Cappuccino, 287
Fruit, cheese, crackers tray, 289
Sausages, 315/316
Bacon, 315-316
Southern Comfort, 317
Orange juice, 342-343, 353, 433
Pringles, 343, 350, 353, 433
Cheetos, 350, 353, 357 (these also make an appearance in Empire Falls!)
Club sandwiches, 353
Meatball heroes, 353
Turkey, stuffing, and mashed potato, 353
Open-faced steak sandwich, 353-354
Hot dogs, 354
Grilled cheese, 354
Spaghetti, 354
Hot fudge sundae, 355
Scrambled eggs, 369
Linguica, 369
Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, 370, 372
Crumb cake, 374
Tea, 400, 442
Jelly donuts, 445

Books/Authors mentioned in Everybody's Fool:
Jules Verne, 19
Animal Farm / George Orwell, 315
Henry David Thoreau, 399

   "And while [Miss Beryl] feared [Sully] might be killed, this wasn't it, either. What truly frightened
   her, she explained, was the violence he would be doing to himself. He wasn't just placing himself
   at risk; he was putting his self at risk, the same self that Thoreau thought was worth defending
   and protecting, the self whose primacy Emerson had argued for."

Sylvia Plath, 415
Emily Dickinson, 415

Movies mentioned in Everybody's Fool:
Goldfinger, 93, 428
Animal House, 315

Music mentioned in Everybody's Fool:
"El Condor Pasa " / Simon & Garfunkel, 390

   "The static in [Raymer's] ears was almost as loud as the honking had been, but as he went back to
   his car he found himself happily humming a tune from a couple decades earlier and recalled the
   lyric: I'd rather be a hammer than a nail."

Libraries mentioned in Everybody's Fool:
page 96: "The only other thing in the glove box was, incredibly, the owner's manual. Badly as [Raymer] needed the painkillers, Raymer couldn't help himself. Dumbfounded, he took out the manual, which was encased in plastic like a library book. "Who has the owner's manual to a 'sixty-four Mustang?"

page 111: "Only after Ruth finally tumbled to the fact that her culinary efforts were being sabotaged, and compared the notecard recipes with others in cookbooks she'd check out of the library, did she begin to improve."

and pages, 180, 393-394, and 430!

                                                    

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Trajectory


Book menu for Trajectory by Richard Russo


ISBN of edition I read: 9781101947722 (hard cover)
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Food mentioned in "Horseman":
Brandy and eggnog, p.10
Beer, p.13, 18-19
Grilled cheese sandwich, p.20
Pizza, p. 31-32, 34-35, 38
Turkey, p.33
Yams, p.33
Cranberries, p.33
Mincemeat pie, p.35, 38
Pumpkin pie, p.35

Books/Authors mentioned in "Horseman":

"Windy Nights" (poem) / Robert Louis Stevenson, p.3, 9, 36  

Whenever the moon and stars are set,   
  Whenever the wind is high,   
All night long in the dark and wet,   
  A man goes riding by.   
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?   
   
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,   
  And ships are tossed at sea,   
By, on the highway, low and loud,   
  By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then   
By he comes back at the gallop again.


Henry James, p.10
John Dos Passos, p.14
Leo Tolstoy, p.19
James Joyce p. 19, 30
   The Dubliners, p. 23
Ulysses
/ Alfred Tennyson, p.25
"Kubla Khan" (poem) / Samuel Taylor Coleridge, p.36

Music mentioned in "Horseman":
"Somebody to Love" / Jefferson Airplane, p.35

Magazines/Journals mentioned in "Horseman":
American Literature
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Food mentioned in "Voice":

Red wine, p.46, 86, 121
   Chianti, p.46, 51
Cappuccino, p. 73, 77, 83
Prosecco, p.77
Pasta, p.77, 122
Saffron risotto, p.83, 120
Grilled branzino, p.86
Port, p. 105
Grappa, p.109
Bacon, p.113
Barbaresco, p.123
Coffee, p.132
Squid ink pasta, p.125

Books/Authors mentioned in "Voice":
Henry James, p.44
Rushkin, p.44
Death in Venice / Thomas Mann, p.44, 47, 124
Jane Austen, p.45, 63, 71, 87, 101, 115, 117, 119,122
   Northanger Abbey , p. 102, 115
e.e. cummings, p.71
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Food mentioned in "Intervention":Lemonade, p.143
Cheese sandwich, p.151
Clams, p.153
Chicken wings, p.156, 159-160
Chinese spareribs, p. 156
Beef Broccoli, p. 156
Egg Drop Soup, p. 156
Pina Colada, p. 161-162, 166
Oysters, p. 162
Club soda with lime, p.162
Napoleon brandy, p. 166
Red wine, p. 173
Beer, p. 161-162
Tacos, p.166
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Food mentioned in "Milton and Marcus":
Margaritas, p.182-185, 204-205, 207-208,
   221, 234-235, 241, 243
Red wine, p. 204
Club soda, p.201
Biscotti, p.215-216, 218
Coffee, p. 215, 234
   Mocha latte, p. 215, 217
Fruit smoothie, p.225
Coke, p.225
Sandwich, p.234
Beer, p.218

Friday, May 19, 2017

Nobody's Fool



Book menu for Nobody's Fool
by Richard Russo

ISBN of edition I read: 0394577787 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Nobody's Fool:
Strawberry shortcake, 4
Snails, 5, 23, 51, 280, 342
Tea, 9, 20, 22, 245, 374
Coffee, 19-20, 24, 26, 30, 33-35, 37, 68-69, 72, 195, 215
   122-124, 176, 318, 381, 493, 502
Eggs, 30, 215, 316-317
Toast, 30, 90, 215, 245, 317-318
Home fries, 30, 215
Tuna sandwich, 74
Tomato soup, 74
Cream soda, 80
Cheeseburger, 81, 87, 96, 491
Coleslaw, 87
French fries, 87, 230-231
Pizza 98, 275
Linguine clams, 99-100
Snickers Bars, 115, 118
Doughnuts, 124-125
   Jelly doughnuts, 430
Lemonade, 131-132
Turkey, 136-137, 144, 151, 180, 182, 187, 245, 260
   Turkey sandwich, 139
Carrot & celery sticks, 144
Cottage cheese, 144, 147
Applesauce, 144
Cheese cubs, 144
Pea & three bean salad, 144
Macaroni & vinaigrette salad, 144
Manhattans, 144, 147
Old Fashioned, 144
Glazed ham, 144
Pot roast, 144
Green beans, 154
Stuffing, 154
Peaches, 163
Ice cream, 172, 176-179, 284, 483
Pumpkin pie, 172, 245
Boilermakers, 173-174
Corndogs, 175
Chicken fried steak, 179, 181, 275
Pickled eggs, 188, 274, 278, 434, 511
Cookies, 195, 270, 272, 339, 341
Hamburger, 230-231, 236-237, 289, 291-292, 358
Green salad, 245
Ambrosia salad, 245
Carrot-raisin salad, 245
Pea-cheese salad, 245
Candied yams, 245
Macaroni casserole, 277
Sausages, 316
Hot chocolate, 318-319, 502-503
Chicken noodle soup, 344
Buffalo wings, 357-358
Soda water, 370
Cherrios, 380
Jack Daniel's, 510, 522, 536
Singapore Slings, 532

Books/Authors mentioned in Nobody's Fool:
Anthony Trollope, 52
Dr. Seuss / Theodor Geisel, 63-65, 67
Shakespeare, 72
Robert Browning, 94
Virginia Woolf , 165
John Keats, 189
Robert Frost, 335
                                                          

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Risk Pool




Book menu for This Risk Pool by Richard Russo


ISBN of edition I read: 0394565274 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in The Risk Pool :
Martinis, 3, 309, 311
Hamburger steak, 7, 108, 173, 212, 222, 228, 331, 498
Ice cream, 14, 18, 462
Macaroons, 17, 43
Chili and beans, 22-23
Bacon, 27, 48
Eggs, 27, 48, 360
Beans and hot dogs, 44-45
Sugar Doughnut, 48
Buttered graham crackers, 48
Pancakes, 48
Sausage, 48, 322
Ham,48
   Spiced ham, 56
Fruit, 48
   Grapefruit, 48-49, 446
   Fruit salad, 326
   Apple, 454
Lasagna, 49
Salami, 56
Wedding Soup, 56, 58, 60
Oreo cookies, 76-78, 126
Hamburgers, 79, 118, 445
7 Up, 85, 136-137
Coffee, 101, 177, 179, 219, 226, 311, 314, 322, 398
Pork chops, 110, 391
Mashed potatoes, 110-111
Creamed corn, 110-111
Cokes, 118
Turkey club, 118
French fries and gravy, 119, 174
Pickles, 145
   Sweet pickles, 282
Olives, 145
Pepperoni, 146
Maraschino cherries, 147, 168
Roast pork and mashed potatoes, 147
Asparagus, 147
Parker House rolls, 147
Frozen Daiquiris,160
   Banana daiquiris, 425
Grilled Rib Steak, 227, 234
Campari & soda, 244
Boilermakers, 245, 316
Pate, 255, 316
Hershey bars, 273
Pretzels, 283
Manhattans, 299, 317-318, 341, 344-345
Filet mignon, 310, 312
Crab legs, 311-312
Amaretto, 311-312
Spaghetti, 315, 331, 370, 372, 436
Veal & peppers, 319
Cornbread muffins, 322
Orange juice, 324-325
Champagne, 324-325, 459
Eggs in Hollandaise sauce, 328
Pizza, 344, 347, 350-351- 407
Cherry Kool-Aid, 350
Seven & 7, 380, 382
Pina coladas, 425
Iced tea, 432-433
Buffalo wings, 436
Napoleon brandy, 479

Books/Authors mentioned in The Risk Pool:
Cannery Row / John Steinbeck, epigraph
Rick Brant, 95
Karl Marx, 152
Gone with the Wind / Margaret Mitchell, 256-257, 328
Heart of Darkness / Joseph Conrad, 274
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 284
From Here to Eternity / ?, 433

Music mentioned in The Risk Pool:
Elvis, 43, 135, 249
   "Hound Dog", 160
Duane Eddy, 135-136, 168, 296-297
"Moon River", 280
Fleetwood Mac, 478

Television programs mentioned in The Risk Pool:
Bonanza, 208

Movies mentioned in The Risk Pool:
It's a Wonderful Life, 174

Some of my favorite Risk Pool passages:p. 16: "I was forbidden to climb the tree after the day my mother came out onto the back porch, called my name, and my voice drifted down to her from the second story level, at the very top of the tree's dwarf side. I swung down from branch to branch to show off my dexterity. My mother wasn't impressed. 'If I ever catch you in that tree again...' she said. She either liked unfinished sentences or couldn't think of how to finish them, and I resented her unwillingness to spell out consequences. It was impossible to weight alternatives without them."

p. 25: "At the water's edge, [Wussy] attached the spinning reels to the rods and ran line through the eyelets all the way to the tips. I watched, full of interest. "Ever fish before?"

I shook my head.

It's about the best thing there is until you're older and can do some other stuff, and it's better than most of the other stuff too."

p.88: "How could you be sure something wouldn't work until it didn't?"

p. 176: "I read some good books that summer...I'd realize I'd understood more than I thought. If I was feeling energetic, I'd look up words I didn't know, but more often I'd be content to wait for the word to crop up again in another context, and by its second or third appearance I'd know what it meant. I began to develop a firm conviction that most efforts to teach people things were wasted. All they needed was to go off some place quiet and read."

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mohawk



Book menu for Mohawk by Richard Russo


ISBN of edition I read: 0679753826 (trade paperback)


Food mentioned in Mohawk :
Sausages, 4-5, 7, 234, 416
Eggs, 8, 11, 36, 234
     Scrambled eggs, 4, 12
Coffee, 4, 8, 10, 12, 36-37, 69-70, 107-108, 142-143, 148, 150
           234, 237, 272, 274, 304, 357, 376
Sticky buns, 4, 8
Juice, 5
Ham 5, 8
Pancakes, 5
Home fries, 5, 8, 12
Toast & jelly, 5-6, 8
Bacon, 7-8, 234
Pastries, 16
Glazed ham, 17-19
Pot roast, 64
Banana cream pie, 64
Cinnamon rolls, 67
Oreo cookies, 68
Bloody Mary, 84-85
Shrimp cocktail, 85, 87
Turkey, 132, 142, 144, 147-148, 162
Almonds, 153
Walnuts, 153
Deviled eggs, 153
Grapes, 153
Leg of lamb, 153
Scotch, 66, 311
Beer, 192, 195, 206
Boilermaker, 201
Whiskey, 201, 306
Coleslaw, 242
Cokes, 242, 292
Grilled cheese, 248
Chocolate-covered cherries, 249
Peanut brittle, 249
Brandy, 255
Melon, 261
Mimosas, 261
Espresso, 262
Lemonade, 266
Hamburger steak & onions, 272
Bourbon, 275
Hamburger deluxe, 291
Chicken salad, 300

Book/Authors mentioned in Mohawk:
Moby-Dick / Herman Melville, epigraph
Micky Spillane, 32
Charles Dickens, 170
     David Copperfield, 91

Libraries mentioned in Mohawk:
p. 52 : "And when they finally discovered [Randall's] flanking maneuver, he could still join the chess club, which met after school in the library."

p. 90: "From the beginning, Anne had shared her father's reverence for books, and he treated her to Saturday afternoons at the Mohawk Free Library the way other Mohawk fathers treated their offspring to movie matinees."


                                                             

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Big Little Lies



Book menu for Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
ISBN of edition I read: 9780399167065 (hardcover)


Food mentioned Big Little Lies:
Cake, 1, 9
Brioche, 1
Tea, 86, 162, 164, 268, 276, 331
   English Breakfast tea, 4
   Herbal tea, 5, 27
   Chamomile tea, 213
Ginger-nut biscuits, 4
Coffee, 9-11, 20, 22, 27, 35, 56, 86, 115154, 298, 312, 317
            339
   Latte, 218
Champagne, 9, 26, 36-38, 40, 77, 86, 94, 123, 189, 240, 249
                  251, 275
   Bollinger, 36
   Mimosas, 36, 43
Vegetarian lasagna, 28, 429, 438
BBQchicken, 41
Carrots, 53
Lollipops, 55, 110, 112
Pears, 55
Wine
   Mulled wine, 58
   Red wine, 132
Pancakes and maple syrup, 58
Chocolate chip cookies, 66
Steak, 67
Seafood platter, 73
Pavlova, 73
Ice cream, 80
Yogurt, 81
Chocolate biscuits, 81
Chickpeas, 82-83
Muffins, 218, 221, 268-269, 368, 443
   Banana muffins, 84
Tacos, 97
Pasta, 97
Garlic bread, 97
Chocolate mud cake, 117
Apples, 120
Cheese and crackers, 120
Raisins, 120
Lemonade, 123
Lindt truffles, 132
Mueseli, 146
Cupcakes, 155
Boiled eggs, 159, 216
Pizza, 197, 398
Risotto, 210
Spanakopita, 242
Brownies, 249
Chocolate coins, 257
Fish curry, 258
Chips, 262
Sushi, 263
Quiche, 265
Sausage rolls, 288
Gingerbread man, 289
Oranges, 294-295
Apple pancakes with lemon-spiced butter, 331, 336-337
Egg and bacon rolls, 335
Bacon and eggs, 366
Spaghetti Bolognese, 371
Pumpkin soup, 375
Sourdough bread, 375
Soy latte, 394
Salt and vinegar chips 398-399
Pretzels, 402

Books/Authors mentioned in Big Little Lies :
Patricia Cornwell, 95
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
   by Robert Fulghum

Movies mentioned in Big Little Lies:
Breakfast At Tiffany's, 4, 266, 393, 400
Die Hard, 191
Sliding Doors , 357
My Fair Lady, 440

Television programs mentioned in Big Little Lies:
Dancing with the Stars, 1
Little House on the Prairie, 41
The Walking Dead , 132
American's New Top Model, 181-182, 232-233, 235

Plays mentioned in Big Little Lies:
King Lear / Shakespeare, 130, 320-321

Libraries mentioned in Big Little Lies:
p. 3: "Mrs. Ponder had been there for a few functions: a talk by a local historian, a lunch hosted by the Friend of the Library. It was a beautiful room."

p. 154: "Jane had gotten used to it by now. The other day she stepped up close, lowered her voice and said, 'Is it library day today?'

p. 286: "It was Monday morning just before the bell rang, and Jane was on her way back from the school library where she'd returned two books Ziggy had forgotten to take back."

p. 379: "'OK, so Max isn't hurting Amabella anymore,' said Josh. 'But then, yesterday, he pushed Skye down the stairs near the library again, and I said he shouldn't do that, and we had a big fight because I said I was going to tell.'"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Man Called Ove




Book Menu for A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman



ISBN of edition I read: 9781476738024 (trade paperback)


Food mentioned in A Man Called Ove: A Novel:

Coffee, 5,9, 11, 23, 25, 91-92, 140, 212, 217, 249
   253, 259-260, 283, 292, 330
      Espresso, 13
      Latte, 249
Rice with Saffron & Chicken, 21-22, 307
Pilsner, 38, 43
Sausages & potatoes, 39, 73, 90, 131
Cookies, 58
Whiskey, 81, 243, 245, 256, 305, 309
Apple pie, 89-90
Sausage sandwich, 164
Bananas, 178
French fries, 209-210
Lemonade, 236
Croissants, 247
Eggs, 259
Meat, potatoes, & gravy, 307
Ice cream, 259
   Chocolate ice cream, 331
Toast, 282
Birthday cake, 321

Books/Authors mentioned in A Man Called Ove:
The Chronicles of Narnia , 27
Shakespeare, 151, 204, 227, 311
Ernest Hemingway, 152
   The Old Man and The Sea, 153

Television programs mentioned in A Man Called Ove:
Dexter, 61

Libraries mentioned in A Man Called Ove:
p. 152-153: "[Sonya's] father had never bothered with books, but when his daughter sat reading the newspaper at the age of five he wasn't so stupid that he tried to avoid doing something about it. 'A girl can't read shit like that: she'll lose her head,' he stated as he pushed her towards the library counter in the village. The old librarian didn't quite know what he meant by that, but there was no doubt about the girl's quite outstanding intellect.

The monthly trip to the grocery store simply had to be extended to a monthly trip to the library, the librarian and father decided together..."