Tuesday, April 6, 2021

News of the World


Book menu for News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Food mentioned in News of the World:
Dried beef, 15
Bacon, 15, 37, 54, 56, 100
     Bacon and black beans, 135
     Bacon and eggs, 140, 148
Coffee, 37, 54, 121, 187, 189
Corn dodgers, 37
Corn bread, 38, 54
Sausages, 60, 187
Rum, 65
BBQ, 75
Divinity candy, 80, 100
Tortillas, 84
Salt water taffy, 128, 204
Roasted chicken, 152-153
Seed cake, 187
Brisket, 190
Biscuits, 191
Chili, 194
Whiskey, 196
Flan, 203

Music mentioned in News of the World:
"Stone Grinds All", 22-23
"Little Drops of Brandy", 23
"Virginia Belle", 54
"Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross", 86
"It is Well With My Soul", 86
"Black is the Color", 86
"Hard Times", 153, 155
"Come to the Bower", 205
"The Yellow Rose of Texas", 205

My Favorite passages for News of the World:
"If people had true knowledge of the world perhaps they would not take up arms and so perhaps he could be an aggregator of information from distant places and then the world would be a more peaceful place." p.29

"Maybe life is just carrying news. Surviving to carry the news. Maybe we have just one message, and it is delivered to us when we are born and we are never sure what it says; it may have nothing to do with us personally but it must be carried by hand through a life, all the way, and at the end handed over, sealed." p.121

"Laughter is good for the soul and all your interior works." p. 176

"Life was not safe and nothing could make it so, neither fashionable dresses nor bank accounts. The baseline of human life was courage." p.201

The title of the novel appears in the prose on pages 1, 3, 81, 101

Pages numbers refer to the hardcover edition: ISBN  9780062409201

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