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.


"The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot

"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



"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

"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 



"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott

"I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith

"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

"The Color Purple" by Alice Walker

     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," & "Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin
"The Stranger" by Albert Camus
"My Antonia" by Willa Cather
"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin
"Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad
"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
"A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry
"Dubliners" by James Joyce
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers
"Beloved" by Toni Morrison
"Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami
"The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami
"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
"The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath
"Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy
"My Man Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
"Mrs. Dalloway" by Virginia Woolf


"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

"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



"Hunger" by Roxanne Gay
"How to Eat," "How to Fight," & "How to Love" by Thich Nhat Hanh
"Eat Up" by Ruby Tandoh
"Do Something!: A Handbook for Young Activists " by Nancy Lublin
"Feel Free" by Zadie Smith
"Fat is a Feminist Issue" & "Bodies" by Susie Orbach



"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

The cookbooks

 "An Everlasting Meal" by Tamar Adler 

"Prune" by Gabrielle Hamilton

"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