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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Leaving Before the Rains Come




Book menu for Leaving Before the Rains Come
by Alexandra Fuller

ISBN of edition I read: 9781594205866 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Leaving Before the Rains Come:
Wine, 3-4, 16, 59-60, 102, 108, 114, 175, 192, 208
     White wine, 2
      Red wine, 91
Rum Punch, 3
Caviar, 8
Vodka, 8
Snickers, Bars, 12
Beer, 13, 46, 50, 54, 91, 96
     Guinness, 153
     Pabst Blue Ribbon, 224
Coffee, 15
Brandy, 16, 21, 50, 94, 154, 23
Ouzo, 20, 38
Spanakopita, 20
Kamikaze, 38, 40
Tea, 50, 54, 94, 130, 137, 144, 149-150, 160, 193, 231
Curry, 55
Creamed spinach, 56
Gin, 122, 
     Gin & tonic, 57, 100, 102
Cupcakes, 86
Coke Cola, 92, 142
Whiskey, 109
Green beans, 113, 126
Chicken, 113
Pimm's, 115
Strawberries, 118, 142
Champagne, 118, 126, 197
Marmalade, 125
Black pudding, 125
Kipper, 125
Bloody Marys, 125
Oats porridge, 130
Martinis, 130, 153
Pickles, 142
Salsa, 142
Mutton, 153
Lemon cream, 157
Mango, 173
Meatloaf, 250
Casseroles, 250

Books/Authors mentioned in Leaving Before the Rains Come:
Richard Brothers, epigraph
Religio Medici / Sir Thomas Browne, epigraph
Charles Wright (poet), 2
The Vampire Chronicles / Anne Rice, 12
The Official Sloan Ranger Handbook:How the British Upper Class
     Prepares its Offspring for Life / by Ann Barr & Peter York, 17-18, 126
Out of Africa / Isak Dinesen, 24
Nikos Kazantzakis, 38
P.G. Wodehouse, 67, 120
William Shakespeare, 67
Rainer Maria Rilke, 76
The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce / Judith Wallerstein, 84
Arundhati Roy, 107
Beatrix Potter, 113
D.H. Grainger, 114
     Don't Die in the Bundu, 114
     Little Black Mingo, 116
     Little Black Sambo, 116
Mary Queen of Scots / Antonia Fraser, 130
Where There Is No Doctor / David Werner, 159
Alan Paton, 168
The Two Great Sadnesses (essay) / Justus George Lawler, 201
Richard Siken (poet), 212
Bertolt Brecht, 212
A Fortunate Man / John Berger, 239
Inferno / Dante, 241, 244
Down and Out in Paris and London / George Orwell, 243
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly / Jean-Dominique Bauby, 244
Complete Essays / Michel de Montaigne, 245
Karl Jung, 252

Music mentioned in Leaving Before the Rains Come:
Harry Belafonte, 3
Artie Shaw, 5
Doris Day, 5
ABBA, 5, 28, 34
Clem Tholet, 5
"The Warrior" / Ipi Ntombi, 5
Hallelujah Chorus, 8
Tschaikovsky, 8
"Bring Back our Darling", 181
"I Want to See my Mama Once More", 181
U2, 216
Édith Piaf, 231
"Red Sails in the Sunset" / Frank Sinatra, p.258

Movies mentioned in Leaving Before the Rains Come:
Up, 70
Crocodile Dundee, 199

Television mentioned in Leaving Before the Rains Come:
"Bashkaus: Hard Labor in Siberia" (documentary) / Discovery Channel, 14

Libraries mentioned in Leaving Before the Rains Come:
p.82-83 : A month earlier I had gone to our local public library and walked down the aisle of relationship-related books, piling volume after volume into my arms. I made it as far as the help desk with the books before I pictured myself running into an acquaintance in the checkout line or in the parking lot. How would I explain these titles?


Some of my favorite passages from Leaving Before the Rains Come:

p.9 : What I did not know then is that the assurances I needed couldn't be had. I did not know that for the things that unhorse you, for the things that wreck you, for the things that toy with your internal tide--against those things, there is no conventional guard. "The problem with most people," Dad said once, not necessarily implying that I counted as most people, but not discounting the possibility either, "is that they want to be alive for as long as possible without having any idea whatsoever how to live."

p. 67 : And in any case, what life had taught me is that where we come from is a point--not the starting point, not the defining point--just a point. It's where we are that really counts.

p. 204 : There is no way to shut the doors against our contagions, to ward off the effects of our collective stupidity and greed and violence. Those who have an understanding of the mhondoro ceremony were correct when they told me that all beings in a community are connected, that the madness of one is the madness of everyone,  that there is no separation of minds and bodies between people. It was true when they said the wickedness and carelessness and avarice of one would bring pestilence on the whole.

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