Best of Books read in the Third Millennium.
by J. Zimmerman

Best books read in 2016 by J. Zimmerman

See more of the best books read in 2016 at the zdino site.

Buy Giorgia Lupi and Stephani Posavec's 'Dear Data' (2016) Giorgia Lupi and Stephani Posavec's
Dear Data (2016)

Dear Data is a THRILLING book that shows you how to see and share information about yourself and your lives by blending art and data.

It's data mining on a population of one (i.e. YOU) represented in over a hundred possible ways.

More on Dear Data, a visual and intellectual joy.

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Buy Jeanette Winterson's 'The Gap of Time: the Winter's Tale Retold' (2015) Jeanette Winterson's
The Gap of Time: the Winter's Tale Retold (2015)

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The remarkable two volumes of Basho's Haiku: Literal Translations for Those Who Wish To Read the Original Japanese Text, with Grammatical Analysis and Explanatory Notes are translated and annotated by Toshiharu Oseko. The first volume of Oseko's translations appeared in 1990 and is available in the West. The second (published 1996 in Tokyo: Maruzen) can be seen in some university libraries. Satin Island (2015)

It's a novel - and also a treatise, an essay, a report, a confession, and a manifesto. Satin Island's protagonist, U., works as an anthropologist for the Company.

The novel was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize.
The Art of Memoir (2015)
by Mary Karr.
The Pattern in the Carpet (2009)
by Margaret Drabble.
Clementine: the life of Mrs. Winston Churchill (2015), a biography by Sonia Purnell.

Churchill's wife, Clementine, is given "a deeply researched account that tells her life story". The book documents Clementine's devotion to the brilliant but egocentric Churchill, her ability to stand up to him in many ways, her initiatives for factory workers and soldiers and medical care during World War Two, her perfectionism, her dislike of mothering her children but joy in her grandchildren, and her preference for sleeping apart from and holidaying apart from Churchill. She was not only exhausted by Churchill, especially after World War Two; she became physically ill and mentally exhausted by him.

Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works 2004-2014 (2015), by Andy Goldsworthy.

Andy Goldsworthy's Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works 2004-2014 (2015), a collection of Goldworthy's photos and photo sequences of many dozens of his projects of a recent decade. He uses natural materials in transient structures, which dissolve or fall or melt or blow away or in other ways increase their entropy with poignant beauty. His work is beautiful and his style is unique.

Buy Robin Coste Lewis' 'Voyage of the Sable Venus' (2015) Robin Coste Lewis'
Voyage of the Sable Venus and other poems (2015)

Lewis names her book for the amazing 80-page "Voyage of the Sable Venus" poem at its heart:

What follows is a narrative poem comprised solely and entirely of the titles, catalog entries, or exhibit descriptions of Western art objects in which a black female figure is present, dating from 38,000 BCE to the present.

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Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture (1980), by Mario Salvadori.

Clear, enthusiastic; beautifully illustrated to help all readers see the beauty and value of architecture.