Off the Back of a Truck
Unofficial Contraband for the Sopranos Fan
Unleash your inner Soprano and relive all your favorite moments with this companion guide to the award-winning television series The Sopranos.
We all know and love The Sopranos, one of the most important television dramas to ever hit the small screen, having run for six seasons on HBO. The story of the Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano balancing his family life with his role as the leader of a criminal organization pioneered decades of genre-bending “peak TV.”
Now, Off the Back of a Truck takes you one step further into the world of Tony Soprano and his families, offering an Italian potluck of fresh and fun takes that any true fan can get lost in for hours.
Off the Back of a Truck includes:
-New looks at everyone’s favorite episodes, scenes, and characters
-All 92 deaths analyzed, evaluated, and ranked
-An investigation of true crimes behind the families’ schemes
-An exploration of movies and shows that inspired The Sopranos
-Reflections on the use of music, food, and fashion from writers who are also huge fans
-A provocative conversation about what happens in the controversial ending
This book takes you on a journey through the six seasons you have watched time and time again—but it's organized so you can dip in at any time, at any place. Roam around as though you’re in Tony’s backyard for a BBQ...
According to radio and TV producer Braccia, this grab bag of ephemera about HBO's Sopranos "isn't a guide, it's a party." That description is largely correct, given that the book does not march from season one to six, but jumps all over in its eagerness to study aspects of the show's 86 episodes. He discusses the socioeconomics of the series (referring to the characters as "the Italian-American Mafia's B-team at the turn of the millennium"), the history of director and producer David Chase's career (he wrote for The Rockford Files), and the show's influences (Chase drew from David Lynch to write the show's dream episodes). The writing of Braccia and a couple contributors chef Eddie McNamara's passionate defense of Italian American "red sauce" cooking is a gem ("Food is my favorite character on The Sopranos," he writes) are vibrant and astute enough to avoid full fanboy gushing. The throw-it-against-the-wall style doesn't always work; the "Whack Attack" section's dissection of each of the show's 92 murders would be a slog even for the superfans who attend SopranosCon (an event that takes place in New Jersey). At its best, this book slices and dices Sopranos lore with humor, insight, and unabashed devotion.