Sentimental Sunday: Leo Radauskas, 1889-1973 - Leonas "Leo" Radauskas is a first cousin two times removed on my Guokas (maternal grandfather's) line. He was born on June 22, 1889 in Gikoniai village...
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When I was working on this book, I knew I wanted a braided structure, to twine three narratives together, so I spent a lot of time reading fiction—not nonfiction!—that had this kind of build. A Home at the End of the World, The Hours [both by Michael Cunningham], and Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich—but actually, the most influential to my own story was one that you might find a bit surprising: Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. I also watched movies that were set up like this, like Hurricane with Denzel Washington. The important thing to any of the books or movies I looked at was that they jump around quickly in time. That was the most important thing, I finally realized—because if Henrietta's story is told in a purely linear manner, the reader is completely lost as to why modern events relate back to what happened to her by the end.She also used a system of color-coded index cards to help her organize and interweave her three main narratives.
Her collection spans the years from 1899, when she and Jim [also a Texas governor, 1915-1917] were married, until the time of her death in 1961....The recipes are unchanged, with the exception of some reformatting in order to make them more easily prepared by today's cooks. The titles for the recipes are largely Mrs. Ferguson's; those not titled have been given names appropriate to the time when they were first used. [p. ix]A lot of it is good old-fashioned comfort food, designed to make you full and happy. Most of the recipes also have brief anecdotes about Miriam, her family, and her life as well. The book ends with four pages of quotes (from 1925, during her first term), a two-page bibliography, and an index to the recipes.