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Fat Ham Media List

Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books and films to enhance your experience of Fat Ham, playing at Seattle Rep from April 12 - May 12, 2024.


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Fat Ham
by Ijames, James
Book - 2023
The script of Fat Ham, for your reading pleasure.

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The Bad Sleep Well
DVD - 2006
Hamlet is a clear influence on this 1960 noir classic from director Akira Kurosawa, in which a young executive, played by Toshiro Mifune, infiltrates a corrupt postwar Japan corporation in order to expose his father's killer.

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Go Tell It on the Mountain
By Baldwin, James
Book - 2013
Baldwin's semi-autobiographical novel tells the story of John, a fourteen-year-old boy whose stepfather is a Pentecostal minister in Harlem in 1935, and his struggles to discover his own identity.

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Don't Cry for Me: A Novel
By Black, Daniel
Book - 2022
"On his deathbed, 62-year-old Black father Jacob is writing a letter to his gay son, Isaac, whom he hasn't seen in years. What results is the story of a complex father-son relationship and a man transformed, even at this late moment.” —Library Journal

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Life and Other Love Songs
By Gray, Anissa
Book - 2023
“Family secrets and generational trauma take center stage in [this] powerfully written historical novel. Gray shows the complex natures of these broken characters and how abuse, deceit, and life's struggles are all made worse by racism, poverty, and homophobia." —Library Journal

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Streaming Video - 2015
British actress Maxine Peake stars in the title role in this filmed version of Royal Exchange Theatre's highly acclaimed 2014 production of Hamlet, in which several typically male roles (Hamlet, Polonius, and Rosencrantz) are performed by women.

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The Lion King
DVD - 2017
Drawing on aspects of Hamlet, this Disney animated classic stars Matthew Broderick as Simba, Jeremy Irons as Scar, and James Earl Jones as Mufasa.

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The Death I Gave Him
By Liu, Em X.
Book - 2023
"Liu recasts Hamlet as a high-tech thriller in this ingenious sci-fi retelling of Shakespeare’s classic." —Publishers Weekly

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Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue
By Miller, Adrian
Book - 2021
"James Beard Book Award winner Miller explores the role of Black Americans in barbecue's complex cultural history. He writes that barbecue has long been an important way to build community, and that the cuisine's foundations in marginalized communities have long been obscured, including the innovative techniques and ur-barbecue of Indigenous peoples in the Americas." —Library Journal

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Notes From A Young Black Chef: A Memoir
By Onwuachi, Kwame
Book - 2019
"The 'Top Chef' star traces his culinary coming-of-age in both the Bronx and Nigeria, discussing his eclectic training in acclaimed restaurants while sharing insights into the racial barriers that have challenged his career." —NoveList

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Streaming Video - 2019
"The classic Shakespearean tragedy is reimagined through a bold and new perspective, featuring Daisy Ridley (Star Wars) as the title character. Naomi Watts and Clive Owen co-star." —Kanopy

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Funked Up: The Very Best of Parliament
By Parliament (Musical group)
Music CD - 2002
Celebrate Fat Ham’s themes of love and liberation with Parliament’s funky sound!

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Pablo Honey
By Radiohead (Musical group)
Music CD - 1993
One of the more memorable moments in Fat Ham is Juicy's version of Radiohead's "Creep" at the family cookout karaoke. May be time to give the original another listen?

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By Shakespeare, William
Book - 2008
There would be no Fat Ham without Hamlet. (Re)acquaint yourself with Shakespeare's timeless play by (re)reading this annotated Modern Library edition developed in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Love to Love You Donna
By Summer, Donna
Downloadable Music - 2022
Celebrate Fat Ham’s themes of love and liberation with Donna Summers’ electric sound!


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Fat Ham runs at Seattle Rep from April 12 - May 12, 2024.

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