The Thirlby: The Bookshelf

An intersectional compilation of our favourite classic & contemporary reads, ordered aphabetically & not specifically by order of favourites.

Join us soon at our bookclub Tea Time with The Thirlby, hosted live via our upcoming podcast and in-person in Washington, D.C. & New York.

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Poetry

"The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot

Acolytes” by Nikki Giovanni

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes” by Langston Hughes

"Hyperion" by John Keats

"Collected Poems" by Edna St. Vincent Millay

"Odas Elementales" by Pablo Neruda

"New & Selected Poems" by Mary Oliver

"Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth" by Warsan Shire

"Pessoa & Co." by Fernando Pessoa

"Ariel" by Sylvia Plath

 

FOR THE LITTLE ONES

"Rain!" by Linda Ashman

"I Like Myself!" by Karen Beaumont

"Goodnight, Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown

"The Hungry Caterpillar" & "The Mixed-Up Chameleon" by Eric Carle

"A Color of His Own" by Leo Lionni

"The World of Winnie the Pooh" by A. A. Milne

"It's Okay To Be Different" by Todd Parr

"Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down" by Andrea Davis Pinkney

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia” by Miranda Paul

"The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter

"Curious George" by H.A. Ray

"Green Eggs & Ham" & "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss

"The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein

"I Love My Hair!" & "Bibbity Bop Barbershop" by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

"My Nose, Your Nose" by Melanie Walsh

"A Chair for My Mother" by Vera B. Williams 

 

YOUNG ADULT CLASSICS

"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott

"The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

"James & The Giant Peach" & "Matilda" by Roald Dahl

"The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank

"Their Eyes Were Watching G-d" by Zora Neale Hurston

"The Chronicles of Narnia" by C. S. Lewis

Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi

"The Color Purple" by Alice Walker

The cookbooks

 "An Everlasting Meal" by Tamar Adler 

"Prune" by Gabrielle Hamilton

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” by Samin Nosrat

"Moosewood Cookbook" by Mollie Katzen

"Jerusalem" & "Plenty" by Yotam Ottolenghi 

"Super Natural Everyday" & "Near & Far" by Heidi Swanson

"Feed the Resistance" by Julia Turshen 

"Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook" & "The Art of Simple Food" by Alice Waters

"Eat" by Nigel Slater 

Science, society, & health

How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain” by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain” by David Eagleman

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory” by David Graeber

Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients” by Ben Goldacre

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari

Why Nothing Works: The Anthropology of Daily Life” by Marvin Harris

“Memories, Dreams, Reflections” by C.G. Jung

Proust Was a Neuroscientist” by John Lehrer

When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life” Ed Yong

Hidden Brain” by Shankar Vedantam

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery” by Henry Marsh

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind” by Michio Kaku

 

The Classics

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou

"Bodily Harm" & "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

"Nobody Knows My Name," "Giovanni's Room," & "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin

Ficciones” by Jorge Luis Borges

"The Stranger" by Albert Camus

"My Ántonia" by Willa Cather

"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

"Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad

The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Du Bois

"Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison

"This Side of Paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"100 Years of Solitude" & "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel García Márquez

The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran

"A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry

The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes 

Jonah’s Gourd Vine” by Zora Neale Hurston 

"Dubliners" by James Joyce

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers

"Beloved" & “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison

"Kafka on the Shore" & "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami

An Area of Darkness” by V.S. Naipaul

The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath

"A Good Man is Hard to Find & Other Stories" by Flannery O'Connor

"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov

"Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys

"Nine Stories" by J.D. Salinger

"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck

"Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy

"My Man Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse

"Mrs. Dalloway" by Virginia Woolf

The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X

CONTEMPORARY NOVELS

Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Every Day is for the Thief" by Teju Cole

"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Díaz

"A Visit From the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan 

"Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee

My Year of Rest & Relaxation” by Otessa Moshfegh

"Tram 83" by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

"Men Without Women" by Haruki Murakami

"Department of Speculation" by Jenni Offil

"The G-d of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy

"Gratitude" & "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" by Oliver Sachs 

"I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith

"The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls

 

The GUIDES, CRITICISMS, & MEMOIRS

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander

We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tears We Cannot Stop” by Michael Eric Dyson

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Nickel & Dimed,” “Bright-Sided,” & Natural Causes” by Barbara Ehrenreich

"Hunger" by Roxanne Gay

Democracy in Black” by Eddie Glaude

"How to Eat," "How to Fight," & "How to Love" by Thich Nhat Hanh

Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde

More Beautiful & More Terrible” by Imani Perry

"Eat Up" by Ruby Tandoh

Freedom Dreams” by Robin D.G. Kelley

"Do Something!: A Handbook for Young Activists " by Nancy Lublin

The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx

The Hip Hop Wars” by Tricia Rose

Out of Time: The Pleasures & Perils of Aging” by Lynne Segal

"Feel Free" by Zadie Smith

"Fat is a Feminist Issue" & "Bodies" by Susie Orbach

Amateur: A True Story of What Makes a Man” by Thomas Page McBee

Race Matters” by Cornel West

 

Plays

The Blues for Mister Charlie” by James Baldwin

"Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot

"Hamlet" & "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare

"Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard

"The Importance of Being Ernest" by Oscar Wilde

"A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams