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An Ethan Hawke Primer

Because we just really love all things Ethan Hawke.



Ash Wednesday / Ethan Hawke

AWOL from the Army with no plans to return (and no real plans at all), Jimmy heads across America in a souped-up Chevy with his pregnant girlfriend, Christy. From Albany to New Orleans, Ohio, and Texas, the pair navigate the trials of their rocky relationship and incoming parenthood, transforming themselves from passionate lovers into a young family along the way.


The Hottest State / Ethan Hawke

William, a spoiled young actor, encounters would-be musician Sarah in a dive bar – and falls deeply in love for the first time. Throwing himself headfirst into a relationship with her, William embarks on an affair that takes him from a Lower East Side tenement to Paris; and to a love and loss that transforms his life.


Rules for a Knight: The Last Letter of Sir Thomas Leumel Hawke / Ethan Hawke

It is 1483, and Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a Cornish knight, is about to ride into battle. On the eve of his departure, he composes a letter to his four young children, consisting of twenty virtues that provide instruction on how to live a noble life, and on all the lessons, large and small, that he might have imparted to them himself were he not expecting to die on the battlefield. Beautifully illustrated by artist Ryan Hawke.


Meadowlark: A Coming-of-Age Crime Story / Greg Ruth, Ethan Hawke

Set against the quiet and unassuming city of Huntsville, Texas, Jack “Meadowlark” Johnson, and his teenage son, Cooper embark on a journey of epic proportions. Told over the course a single day, this electrifying graphic novel recounts Cooper’s struggle to survive the consequences of his father’s mistakes and the dangers they have brought home to his estranged family. As Cooper and his father desperately navigate cascading threats of violence, they must also grapple with their own combative, dysfunctional, but loving relationship.


Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars / Ethan Hawke, Greg Ruth

The year is 1872. The place, the Apache nations, a region torn apart by decades of war. The people, like Goyahkla, lose his family and everything he loves. After having a vision, the young Goyahkla approaches the Apache leader Cochise, and the entire Apache nation, to lead an attack against the Mexican village of Azripe. Based on exhaustive research, this graphic novel offers a remarkable glimpse into the raw themes of cultural differences, the horrors of war, the search for peace, and, ultimately, retribution. The Apache left an indelible mark on our perceptions of the American West; Indeh shows us why.



Adopt a Highway

Russ Millings has just been released from prison after serving 21 years for a 3rd strike conviction for possessing an ounce of marijuana. As he tries to adapt to a world he doesn’t recognize — including trying to learn how to use the internet — he finds an abandoned baby in a dumpster behind the fast food restaurant where he works as a dishwasher. Unsure of what to do, and caught between impulses of kindness and panic, Russ soon realizes this could be his chance at redemption.


The Black Phone

Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.



Follows the life of a young man, from age five to eighteen.


Dead Poets Society

A prep school English teacher inspires his students with poetry and encourages them to seize the day and embrace life.



A gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang. When extortion, betrayal, and fiery passions threaten his criminal empire, a drug kingpin is driven to desperate measures in this explosive, modern retelling of Shakespeare’s timeless play.



In the future when one’s genetic code can be altered, read, and judged, Vincent, an “In-valid”, takes over the personality of one of the genetic elite in order to become a space navigator.


Juliet, Naked

Annie is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan — an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe. When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby.


The Magnificent Seven (2016)

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.


The Northman

Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy’s mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking who raids Slavic villages. He soon meets a seeress who reminds him of his vow: save his mother, kill his uncle, avenge his father.


Reality Bites

A recent college graduate and aspiring filmmaker documents the lives of her three underemployed housemates as they search for their niches in the vaguely directionless 1990s.



Ten years ago, true crime writer Ellison Oswald made his reputation with a best-selling account of a notorious murder. Now, desperate to replicate success of his first book, he moves his family into a home where the previous occupants were brutally executed and a child disappeared, hoping to find inspiration in the crime scene. In the home, Ellison discovers a cache of terrifying home movies, unwittingly opening the door into a nightmarish mystery.


Snow Falling on Cedars

In 1954 a fisherman from San Piedro Island in Puget Sound is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese-American is charged with his murder. The trial is haunted by memories of what happened to the Japanese residents during World War II when the entire community was sent into exile.



A freewheeling take on visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, his interactions with Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan’s daughter Anne, and his breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light.


Training Day

On his first day on the job as an undercover narcotics officer Jake Hoyt is paired up with L.A.P.D. narcotics veteran Alonzo Harris, and as the day moves on he begins to question Alonzo’s methods for ridding the streets of drugs and criminals.


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Shakespeare Uncovered: The Stories Behind the Bard’s Greatest Plays [Series 1]

Combines history, biography, and performance as various actors who have been in Shakespeare productions discuss the characters and the stories behind the plays. Ethan Hawke researches Macbeth, learning the historical and cultural contexts that shape this poignant, violent tragedy. Also available for digital streaming on Kanopy.


Sparring Partners / John Grisham

John Grisham is the acknowledged master of the legal thriller. In his first collection of novellas, law is a common thread, but America’s favorite storyteller has several surprises in store. In “Strawberry Moon,” we meet Cody Wallace, a young death row inmate only three hours away from execution. His lawyers can’t save him, the courts slam the door, and the governor says no to a last-minute request for clemency. As the clock winds down, Cody has one final request. Read by Ethan Hawke in audio formats. Also available in Large Print, as an audiobook on CD, and as an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive/Libby.


Slaughterhouse-Five / Kurt Vonnegut

Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present. Read by Ethan Hawke in audio formats. Also available in Large Print, as an audiobook on CD, and as an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive/Libby.

Juliet, Naked: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Music from the film Juliet, Naked, starring Ethan Hawke and Rose Byrne. Includes a cover of The Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset” as sung by Ethan Hawke. Available on hoopla.