All The Books Mentioned In Dash & Lily


Dash and Lily read these books and now you should too.

Dash & Lily was filled with literary references and they’re all definitely must-reads.


The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor by Gabriel García Márquez

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Dash mentions The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor within the first five minutes of the series after noticing that it’s out of place at The Strand. He brings it to the front counter so it can be re-shelved under the correct name and category.

What it’s about: Gabriel originally wrote The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor as a series of newspaper articles chronicling the plight of eight crew members of a Colombian destroyer who were washed overboard and disappeared. Ten days later one of them turned up, barely alive, on a deserted beach in northern Colombia and the book shares the sailor’s ordeal.

Get it on Amazon for $13.04.


French pianism by Charles Timbrell

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French pianism comes as the first clue in Lily’s bookstore scavenger hunt, where she encourages Dash to do some “heavy reading.”

What it’s about: This 372-page book surveys the historical development, performance practices and pedagogical philosophies of the Paris Conservatoire, whose rigorous professors taught the characteristic French piano style for over 150 years.

Get it on Amazon for $27.95.


Fat Hoochie Prom Queen by Nico Medina

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Lily’s second clue in her scavenger hunt at The Strand came from YA novel Fat Hoochie Prom Queen.

What it’s about: Margarita “Madge” Diaz is fat, foxy, and fabulous and adored by almost everyone at Winter Park High School…except queen bee Bridget Benson. During a heated argument, the girls decide there’s only one way to end their rivalry: to be named prom queen. While they’re both committed to doing whatever it takes to win, they both realize they also have some things to hide.

Get it on Amazon for $9.69.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

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As Lily’s third clue, she mentions that this C. S. Lewis novel “isn’t a Christmas story but Santa does show up to hand out weapons!”

What it’s about: As the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia series, it follows Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie as they step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia. Though the land is enslaved by the power of the White Witch, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change and a great sacrifice.

Get it on Amazon for $7.64.


The Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein and Edmund White

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Lily’s final book in her scavenger hunt comes from “the most popular title in sex and sexuality” and was compliments of her older brother who was the one who actually read the book.

What it’s about: The Joy of Gay Sex has informed countless men about the ins and outs of gay life, love, and pleasure since its publication. It has served as a resource on building self-esteem, as a coming out guide for young gay men and addresses the many emotional and relationship-oriented issues in gay life.

Get it on Amazon for $21.99.


Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

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Lily notes Franny and Zooey as one of her favorite books and it’s where she chose to hide her notebook on the shelves of The Strand. She even once tried to strike up conversation about the book with another teen bookstore patron, but it didn’t go as planned!

What it’s about: Franny and Zooey is comprised of short story Franny and novella Zooey, both members of the fictional Glass family. Franny follows a college undergrad who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity of those around her. Meanwhile, Zooey follows her older brother who tries to come to her aid while she is suffering a spiritual and existential breakdown.

Get it on Amazon for $9.29.


Seymour: An Introduction by J. D. Salinger

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During Lily’s convo about Franny and Zooey, she recommends Seymour: An Introduction but notes that she doesn’t enjoy it as much as it’s so stream of consciousness.

What it’s about: Seymour: An Introduction tells the story of Seymour Glass, through the lens of his closest brother, Buddy. After his passing, he leaves behind 184 unpublished poems and his siblings want Buddy to do something about it.

Get it on Amazon for $8.89.


The New York Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton

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At one point in the series, Lily can be spotted reading The New York Stories of Edith Wharton while taking the subway home.

What it’s about: New York native Edith Wharton chronicled her life through twenty stories of the city, written over the course of her career.

Get it on Amazon for $17.95.


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Lily asks Dash to leave the notebook at the Alice in Wonderland sculpture in Central Park, calling Alice the “patron saint of weird girls.”

What it’s about: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland tells the tale of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a world of fantasy populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures.

Get it on Amazon for $6.80.


The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

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While visiting a costume shop to track down Lily, Dash compares himself to the Phantom as he’s wearing a “mask” because he doesn’t let people get to know him.

What it’s about: As the inspiration behind the film and the hit musical, The Phantom of the Opera follows a young, Swedish girl who is raised in the Paris Opera House after the passing of her famous musician father. She is watched over by a protective angel of music who teaches her to sing. Things take a turn when the angel of music, who is the deformed, murderous ‘ghost’ of the opera house, grows violent in terrible jealousy.

Get it on Amazon for $9.99.


Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

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Right before Dash believes he’s about to meet Lily, he asks his friend Boomer to be his “Cyrano” and talk to Lily first on his behalf.

What it’s about: Gallant French soldier Cyrano de Bergerac is a brilliant, strong-willed man of many talents, including poetry and music. However, he has an extremely large nose, which makes him self conscious and prevents him from expressing how he feels to the woman he loves. Instead, he finds a way to help another man who loves the same woman by covertly writing to her.

Get it on Amazon for $5.95.


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

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Lily affectionately refers to her great aunt as Mrs. Basil E. as she carries the same whimsy as the fictional character and used to send her on scavenger hunts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, like the the book.

What it’s about: When Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she chooses someplace comfortable, beautiful, and elegant — the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She invites her younger brother Jamie and once they arrive, they find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at an auction. Despite the low price tag, it may be early work of the Michelangelo, leading the siblings to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue.

Get it on Amazon for $9.98.


Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

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Dash compares his peacoat to Hagrid’s magical jacket in that he can always find something in his pocket that he didn’t expect.

What it’s about: I think everyone knows but in case you don’t, Harry Potter follows the magical adventures of a young wizard and his friends as they attend the prestigious Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Get it on Amazon for $17.73.


Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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When Dash and Lily (unknowingly) meet for the first time, Dash quotes Brave New World, saying, “If one’s different, one is bound to be lonely.”

What it’s about: Dystopian novel Brave New World follows life in a genetically-engineered future where life is pain-free but also meaningless

Get it on Amazon for $13.20.

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