Even knowing how much it annoys certain people whenever I mention The BLDGBLOG Book on this website, I’m ridiculously excited—and admittedly quite stunned—to see that the book is #92 on Amazon.com’s list of the 100 Best Books of 2009.
[Image: Six of Amazon.com’s 100 Best Books of 2009].
To be on a list that includes J.G. Ballard, Thomas Pynchon, Nicholson Baker, A.S. Byatt, William T. Vollmann, and many more is just totally astonishing to me. But it’s a fantastic testament to the strength of the architects, photographers, writers, illustrators, historians, artists, cartographers, musicians, geologists, and more whose work appears in the book, as well as to the book’s designers, MacFadden & Thorpe. So thanks, Amazon!
In fact, there have been many fantastic books published this year, all worth checking out if you get a chance, including China Miéville’s The City & The City, David Gissen’s Subnature: Architecture’s Other Environments, Owen Hatherley’s Militant Modernism, Leslie Chang’s Factory Girls, James Lawrence Powell’s Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of Water in the West, Tom Zoellner’s Uranium, Stephen Asma’s On Monsters, the paperback reissue of Infrastructural City, Greg Grandin’s Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City, and a million more.
(Thanks to Lauren Gilbert for pointing out the list!)