Seattle Public Library: True West Reading List

TRUE WEST: BEYOND THE THEATER

Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, music, and films to enhance your experience of the show!

 

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True West
by Shepard, Sam
Book - 1981

The script of True West, for your reading pleasure.

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The Black Light
by Calexico (Musical group)
Music CD - 1998

Calexico’s bluesy, Latin-inflected desert noir makes the perfect soundtrack for that lonely road trip across the Mojave, in search of lost hope.

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Black Listed
by Case, Neko
Music CD - 2007

“I’m a dying breed who still believes – haunted by American Dreams.” Case’s plaintive melodies harmonize well with Shepard’s plays.

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Townie
A Memoir
by Dubus, Andre
Book - 2011

Renowned author Dubus recounts his hardscrabble youth growing up without a father on the bad side of town.

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Whiskey
by Holbert, Bruce
Book - 2018

Battling brothers Andre and Wendell trade barbed words and blows, a modern Cain and Abel in Electric City, WA.

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Hud
DVD - 2003

Father clashes with ne’er-do-well son Hud Bannon (Paul Newman), in this epic tale of contemporary cattle country.

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Lonely Are the Brave
DVD - 2009

Lee’s favorite film – er, movie - is a masterful anti-romantic western starring Kirk Douglas, adapted by Dalton Trumbo from Edward Abbey’s 1956 novel The Brave Cowboy.

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Nebraska
DVD

In this offbeat film, a father drags his son on a doomed road trip to claim a sweepstakes prize, only to stumble upon unexpected treasure.

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Once Upon A Time
The Western: A New Frontier in Art and Film
Book - 2017

This beautiful coffee table book explores the iconography and significance of that quintessential American myth, the Western.

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Motel Chronicles
by Shepard, Sam
Book - 1982

This visceral, revealing collection of stories, poems and autobiographical sketches was published shortly after the premiere of True West.

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The One Inside
by Shepard, Sam
Book - 2017

A brooding writer, a dead father, sex, death and mayhem as coyotes howl in the background: this elegiac novel is pure Shepard.

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The Fighter
A Novel
by Smith, Michael F.
Book - 2018

An aging cage-fighter puts it all on the line to save his family home. Grit-Lit at its finest and most haunting.

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The Toaster Project
Or A Heroic Attempt to Build A Simple Electric Appliance From Scratch
by Thwaites, Thomas
Book - 2011

Inspired by True West to do a little toaster rustling? While we don’t recommend it, Thwaites explains why it is probably better than trying to build one from scratch.

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Let Him Go
A Novel
by Watson, Larry
Book - 2013

After losing her son in a horse-riding accident, Margaret Blackledge heads to Montana to rescue her grandson from a clan of menacing outlaw in-laws.

 

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