Cass Bird photographed by Daria Werbowy

Capturing subjects with their guard down — or rather, with their mischief and exuberance up — is photographer Cass Bird’s specialty. Her work, featuring subjects like Daria Werbowy, Viggo Mortensen, Pharrell, and Cate Blanchett, is housed in collections at the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery — and is instantly recognizable for its energy, carefree feel, and ardor. Bird’s photographs often appear on the pages of Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Porter and French Elle among others, but don’t box her in as a fashion photographer. As Bird told WWD in 2012, “I think my interest was always about people, and it still is that. The obsession with seeing someone and letting them see you, that moment is pretty f—ing profound.”

Below are Cass Bird’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.


Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Jeanette Winterson
All time favorite for me. The sharing of trauma and experience made into deep understanding and compassion.
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Stone Butch Blues

Leslie Feinberg
Tender and heartbreaking. A right of passage for queer literature.
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The Sermon on the Mount

Emmet Fox
Spins some deep spiritual concepts I can get totally down with.
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Hold Still

Sally Mann
Mann writes like her photographs; beautiful, thoughtful, nuanced and intimate.
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A Circle of Quiet

Madeline L'Engle
A favorite children's author of mine. There are a few particular passages that speak so clearly to me; the description of the stone farm house, the family life contained, the woman’s internal life and finding peace in nature. Balance and beauty.
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If You’re Afraid of the Dark, Remember The Night Rainbow

Cooper Edens
My favorite children’s book. Endless imagination and perspective shifts; beautiful and inspiriting.

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The Red Tent

Anita Diamant
I don’t remember exactly why but I do remember loving it.
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Long Life: Essays and Other Writings

Mary Oliver
Her work is love. She’s a poet and you can feel that her work is the key to her freedom.
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The Pocket Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön
Best pocket pick me up. I need all the support I can get.
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My Uncle Oswald

Roald Dahl
Food, sex and artificial insemination. Say no more.
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