Page 303. " He kissed me lightly again, on the lips. What I had wanted for so long. "

Susie's spirit enters Ruth's body and she and Ray Singh make love.

This concept of a spirit entering another human body so that two lovers may reunite was also used in the popular film Ghost (1990) starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg.  

 

    

Page 320. " Grandma Lynn had used the good plates to serve her trademark Stouffer's frozen ziti and Sara Lee frozen cheesecake. "
Baked ziti
Creative Commons AttributionBaked ziti - Credit: Tobias Chaud

Frozen ready meals hit the shelves in the USA in the 1950s, providing convenient, fast food. Stouffer's and Sara Lee are big global brand names, still popular today.

Cheesecake
Creative Commons AttributionCheesecake - Credit: Martin van Dam

Ziti are a type of penne (tubular pasta).

 

For a home-cooked alternative, try these recipes:

Baked Ziti

Blueberry Cheesecake

Page 323. " drinking mint juleps "
Mint Julep
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeMint Julep - Credit: Tammy Green

A mint julep is a cocktail typical of the southern states of the US, consisting of mint, bourbon, sugar and water, and quite similar to a mojito.

Recipe

Page 323. " with Tennessee Williams and Dean Martin "
American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911–1983) was born Thomas Lanier Williams and only earned the nickname 'Tennessee' in 1939 when he moved to New Orleans, where many of his greatest plays are set. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955. Other successful works include The Glass Menagerie and The Rose Tattoo.  

A member of the Rat Pack nicknamed the 'King of Cool', Dean Martin (1917–1995) was an American singer and actor, with hits including Memories Are Made of This, That's Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody, Mambo Italiano, and Volare.

Dean Martin – Little Ole Wine Drinker Me