Recommended Reading

    There’s always more to the story!

    The Recommended Reading lists are part of a collaboration between Yakima Valley Libraries and the Capitol Theatre. 

    Each list complements a specific show or performance in the Capitol Theatre’s performance series and is designed to enhance your enjoyment of our region’s educational, cultural and entertainment venues. 

    Recommended Reading selections include both fiction and non-fiction and are chosen based on thematic, historical, or cultural tie-ins with a particular Capitol Theatre show.

    Lists are arranged by show title.


    Dennis Minty

    Celebrated photographer Dennis Minty returns with another vivid collectionof images that capture the spirit of his island home. With his knowledge of place and photographic vision, Minty reveals the island’s rugged majesty in every season of the ye

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    The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    Mohsin Hamid

    Now a major motion picture “One of those achingly assured novels that makes you happy to be a reader.” —Junot Diaz At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begi

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    Channel of Peace

    Kevin Tuerff

    A fully revised and updated paperback edition featuring over twenty colour photographs. When Kevin Tuerff and his partner boarded their flight from France to New York City on September 11, 2001, they had no idea that a few hours later the world — a

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    The Looming Tower

    Lawrence Wright

    Explores both the American and Arab sides of the September 11th terrorist attacks in an account of the people, ideas, events, and intelligence failures that led to the tragedies.

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    102 Minutes

    Jim Dwyer, Kevin Flynn

    Traces the hours following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center to reveal the first-hand experiences of survivors, in a volume that draws on oral reports, e-mails, radio transcripts, and cell-phone conversations.

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    Flight 93

    Tom McMillan

    United Airlines Flight 93, which took off from Newark Airport the morning of September 11th, 2001, is perhaps the most famous flight in modern American history: We know of the passenger uprising, but there’s so much more to the story besides its ha

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    The Road to 9/11

    Peter Dale Scott

    This is an ambitious, meticulous examination of how U.S. foreign policy since the 1960s has led to partial or total cover-ups of past domestic criminal acts, including, perhaps, the catastrophe of 9/11. Peter Dale Scott, whose previous books have inv

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    Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    The author of The Caged Virgin recounts the story of her life, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia and escape from a forced marriage to her efforts to promote women's rights while surviving numerous threats to her safety. Reprint. 100,00

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    The Day the World Came to Town

    Jim DeFede

    "For the better part of a week, nearly every man, woman, and child in Gander and the surrounding smaller towns stopped what they were doing so they could help. They placed their lives on hold for a group of strangers and asked for nothing in return.

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    Marlene Van Niekerk

    "I was immediately mesmerized...Its beauty matches its depth and her achievement is as brilliant as it is haunting." --Toni Morrison Set in apartheid South Africa, Agaat portrays the unique, forty-year relationship between Milla, a sixty-seven-year-o

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    Dare Not Linger

    Nelson Mandela, Mandla Langa

    The long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandela’s memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, are here completed and expanded with notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic presidency, making for a moving sequ

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    The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom

    Nelson Mandela

    The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in So

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    Hum If You Don’t Know the Words

    Bianca Marais

    Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation, but worlds apart, Beauty, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles

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    Born a Crime

    Trevor Noah

    The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily

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    J.M. Barrie & the Lost Boys

    Andrew Birkin, Sharon Goode

    An account of the Scottish novelist and dramatist's life focuses on his discovery, befriending, and guardianship of five boys who served as models for "Peter Pan" and "The Lost Boys."

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    The Wendy Project

    Melissa Jane Osborne

    16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake on a late summer night in New England with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy — a once ration

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    Hook’s Tale

    John Pielmeier

    A rollicking debut novel from award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Pielmeier reimagines the childhood of the much maligned Captain Hook: his quest for buried treasure, his friendship with Peter Pan, and the story behind the swashbuckling wo

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    Wendy Darling

    Colleen Oakes

    Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller's son. But one night, while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter

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    Lost Boi

    Sassafras Lowrey

    Lambda Literary Award finalist In Sassafras Lowrey's gorgeous queer punk reimagining of the classic Peter Pan story, prepare to be swept overboard into a world of orphaned, abandoned, and runaway bois who have sworn allegiance and service to Pan, the

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    Peter Pan in Scarlet

    Geraldine McCaughrean

    Neverland is calling again... Something is wrong in Neverland. Dreams are leaking out-strangely real dreams, of pirates and mermaids, of warpaint and crocodiles. For Wendy and the Lost Boys it is a clear signal-Peter Pan needs their help, and so it i

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    The Little White Bird

    James Matthew Barrie

    Second Star to the Right

    Lester D. Friedman, Allison B. Kavey

    Over a century after its first stage performance, Peter Pan has become deeply embedded in Western popular culture, as an enduring part of childhood memories, in every part of popular media, and in commercial enterprises. Since 2003 the characters fro

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    Alice I Have Been

    Melanie Benjamin

    BONUS: This edition contains an Alice I Have Been discussion guide and an excerpt from Melanie Benjamin's The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spel

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    Peter Pan in Scarlet

    Geraldine McCaughrean

    The first-ever authorized sequel to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan! In August 2004 the Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, who hold the copyright in Peter Pan, launched a worldwide search for a writer to create a sequel to J. M. Ba

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    Jason Webster

    Having pursued a conventional enough path through school and university, Jason Webster was all set to enter the world of academe as a profession. But when his aloof Florentine girlfriend of some years dumped him unceremoniously, he found himself at a

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    The Alchemist

    Paulo Coelho

    This is an adventure story about a young shepherd boy who learns how to live his dreams. This is a story which has been compared to the works of Richard Bach, and is aimed at the young and old alike.

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    The Vineyard

    Maria Duenas

    New York Times bestselling author Maria Dueñas returns with The Vineyard, a magnificent story of ambition, heartbreak, and desire set in the 1860s Mexico, Cuba, and Spain—perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Kristin Hannah. Mauro Larrea’s fortune

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    Katie Button, Genevieve Ko

    The vibrant flavors of Spain brought into the American home kitchen by a young lauded chef and founder of one of America's most acclaimed new restaurants Katie Button debuts her first cookbook ever as a peek inside the kitchen of her award-winning re

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    From the Source – Spain

    Lonely Planet Food

    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet presents Spain's most authentic dishes - direct from the kitchens where they were perfected. From family bakers to Michelin-starred chefs, Spain's best local cooks share their pa

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    The Complete Illustrated Book of the Acoustic Guitar

    James Westbrook, Ted Fuller

    Looks at the history of the acoustic guitar and famous guitar players along with musical exercises and step-by-step instructions on how to play the guitar.

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    Only in Spain

    Nellie Bennett

    Why don't' away with the gypsies? Ten-hour shifts in a high-end department store and catering to snooty customers...Nellie Bennett's life wasn't supposed to turn out this way. But maybe all she needs to do is infuse a little passion into he

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    The Spirit of Flamenco

    Nicolasa Chavez

    This beautiful book explores the origins, influences, development and appreciation of flamenco as a highly respected art form on the world stage. This folkloric tradition of music, song, and dance began in the caves of Andalusia and was shaped over c

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    Ian Blenkinsop, Kiku Day, R. G. Grant, Malcolm Hayes, Keith Howard, Chris Ingham, Nick Kimberley, Tess Knighton

    This illustrated, visual guide to the history of music and instruments, produced in conjunction with the Smithsonian, begins in prehistoric times and progresses through all eras throughout the world and includes background music theory and advances i

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    Rick Steves Spain 2018

    Rick Steves

    You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Spain. In this guide, you'll find an inviting mix of exciting cities and cozy towns. Explore the lively cities of Madrid, Barcelona, and Sevilla, and follow the R

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    Something Wonderful

    Todd S. Purdum

    A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and provided the soundtrack to the American Century They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals Oklahoma!, Ca

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    American Musicals: The Complete Books and Lyrics of Eight Broadway Classics, 1950-1969

    Laurence Maslon

    A collection of the book and lyrics of eight popular musicals includes production images and biographical profiles of the authors.

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    American Musicals 1927-1949

    Laurence Maslon

    A first of a landmark two-volume collection features the complete librettos for eight masterpiece Broadway shows, including Show Boat, Oklahoma! and South Pacific, and is complemented by production photographs and biographical sketches.

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    Razzle Dazzle

    Michael Riedel

    "A revered and provocative theater observer presents a grand history of the producers, directors, actors, and critics battling for creative and financial control of Broadway"--Front jacket flap.

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    DK Publishing, Inc

    From The Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music to Les Misérables, Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story brings the world's best-loved productions to life.The complete history of the musical is covered, from its earliest origins in dance h

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    The Annotated Brothers Grimm

    Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Maria Tatar

    Presents new translations of forty fairy tale classics in a volume that includes previously omitted tales and is complemented by hundreds of annotations that explore the historical origins, cultural complexities, and psychological effects of the stor

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    The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen

    Hans Christian Andersen

    An annotated volume of the great Danish storyteller complements favorite classics with such lesser-known and mature works as "The Shadow" and "Story of a Mother," in a collection that offers insight into Andersen's literary range and influence. 30,00

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    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers, Douglas Carter Beane

    (Applause Libretto Library). Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II New book by Douglas Carter Beane Original book by Oscar Hammerstein II In March 2013, a new Rodgers and Hammerstein musical opened on Broadway new to Broadway, but b

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    Into the Woods (movie tie-in edition)

    Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved musical masterpiece becomes a major motion picture, starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.

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    The Complete Fairy Tales

    Charles Perrault, Christopher Betts

    Perrault's fairy tales in a scintillating new translation, including the less familiar verse tales and with illustrations by Gustave Doré. The introduction explores the imaginative power of the stories and the many interpretations to which they have

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    Jewell Reinhart Coburn, Connie McLennan

    Part of the Cinderella Around the World series, this picture book offers a Cinderella tale from Mexico.

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    The Gift of the Crocodile

    Judy Sierra

    In the Spice Islands, where clove and nutmeg trees grow, a girl named Damura lived long ago. Damura is a beautiful girl, as kind and lovely as the little green parrot that perches on the nutmeg tree. But Damura's stepmother and stepsister mistreat he

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    The Persian Cinderella

    Shirley Climo

    In this jewel-like version of a classic story, popular folklorist Shirley Climo tells the tale of Settareh, the Persian Cinderella. Magic enables Settareh to outsmart two jealous stepsisters and win the heart of a prince. But where most Cinderella st

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    Robert D. San Souci, Charles Perrault

    A Creole variant of the familiar Cinderella tale is set in the Caribbean and narrated by the godmother who helps Cendrillon find true love. Reprint.

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    Golden Sandal

    Rebecca Hickox

    Maha's jealous stepmother makes her do all the housework while her selfish stepsister lazes about. There is no one to help or comfort her since Maha's father is away fishing. All that begins to change when Maha finds a magical red fish.

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    Jouanah, a Hmong Cinderella

    Jouanah's story takes readers to the remote mountains of Southeast Asia, to the traditional home of the Laotian Hmong.

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    Joanne Compton, Kenn Compton

    In this Appalachian variant of the Cinderella tale, old Granny helps Ashpet attend the church picnic where she charms Doc Ellison's son but loses one of her fancy red shoes.

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    Anklet for a Princess

    Lila Mehta, Meredith Brucker

    Part of the Cinderella Around the World series, this is a variation of the Cinderella story set in India.

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    A Wish Your Heart Makes

    Charles Solomon

    With its kind heroine who receives her just reward-and a dashing prince-with the help of her Fairy Godmother, "Cinderella" is one the most beloved fairy tales throughout the world. Although the most popular versions appeared in Charles Perrault's His

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    Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir

    Cyndi Lauper

    Legendary singer, songwriter, actress, and activist Cyndi Lauper offers a personal account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar in this “moving story of an American musical original” (Kirkus Reviews). Icon Cyndi Lauper

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    Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style

    Cintra Wilson

    As the former New York Times Critical Shopper, and voted one of Fashionista's 50 Most Influential People in New York Fashion, Cintra Wilson knows something about clothes. And in Fear and Clothing, she imparts her no-holds-barred, totally outrageous,

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    “You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!”

    Laura Erickson-Schroth, Laura A. Jacobs

    We have a lot of expectations about people based on their gender, and when someone doesn't fit into those expectations it can become difficult to handle, and perhaps even lead to hostility. But chances are you've met one (or more) transgender person,

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    Boys Keep Swinging

    Jake Shears

    In this “exhilarating yet poignant account of one boy taking flight” (Shelf Awareness, starred review), one of rock music's most entrancing figures transforms the vividness of his musical world into an unforgettable literary account of overcoming

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    Childhood Trauma and the Non-Alpha Male

    Douglas W. Carpenter

    The social perception of masculinity is very black and white: one is either an Alpha Male or a Beta Male, and there can be no variation. However, this is not the reality of masculinity in today's society. Non-Alpha Males exist somewhere in the middle

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    Fashion Climbing

    Bill Cunningham

    **The New York Times Bestseller** ‘I took to New York life like a star shooting through the heavens...’ Bill Cunningham’s first love was fashion but the big city came a close second. He left for New York aged nineteen, losing his family’s sup

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    Michael Chabon

    “Magical prose stylist” Michael Chabon (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times) delivers a collection of essays—heartfelt, humorous, insightful, wise—on the meaning of fatherhood. For the September 2016 issue of GQ, Michael Chabon wrote a piece abo

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    The Art of Dress

    Jane Ashelford

    The clothes worn by our ancestors afford an unparalleled insight into lifestyles that have disappeared forever. Choice of dress has always been governed by a series of influences – social and economic, artistic and technical – and, of course, the

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    Motherland, Fatherland, Homelandsexuals

    Patricia Lockwood

    Digte. What if a deer did porn? Is America going down on Canada? What happens when Niagara Falls gets drunk at a wedding? Is it legal to marry a stuffed owl exhibit? What would Walt Whitman's tit-pics look like? Why isn't anyone named Gary anymore? T

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    The Fashion Book

    Editors of Phaidon Press

    Presents brief descriptions of the contributions to fashion of five hundred designers, photographers, models, and celebrities

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    The Battle of Versailles

    Robin Givhan

    On November 28, 1973, the world's social elite gathered at the Palace of Versailles for an international fashion show. By the time the curtain came down on the evening's spectacle, history had been made and the industry had been forever transformed.

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