Banker to the Poor is an amazing book for anyone looking to learn more about microfinance, how it got started, and how the industry is developing. It's really amazing how much of a difference a few dollars can make in the lives of people living in developing nations! It talks a lot about building sustainable fixes to struggling economies and it's a really interesting read!
The Year of Living Biblically is such a great book for anyone looking to learn more about investigative/experimental journalism (& the Bible! in an objective way, of course. This is *not* a religious book that preaches anything). It's also ridiculously funny, so that helps.
Creative Time has played a key role in the evolution of public and participatory art in New York City. This book provides an overview of the organization's history and projects, which span several decades.
Showcases the public art projects funded by the City of New York, including documentation of projects inside schools and government buildings the general public does not necessarily have access to.
Nice history of Public Art Fund and overview of their projects.
A seminal text dealing with contemporary public art.
More than just about the clothes women wore, this book of essays, artwork, articles and tidbits gives a great overview of women's history, through the lens of the oldest fashion magazine in America. If you like to learn from primary sources, this is a great book for you.
As far as I know, this show was the first, and only, comprehensive collection of American fashion history. Beautifully photographed and filled with names you probably don't know, but should.
My favorite book of cut-up poetry. Warning: you probably don't want to read this anywhere where someone could be looking over your shoulder.
If you're a Beat junkie like me (no word-play intended, I swear), you might find this extensive collection of letters written by Burroughs to Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, his partner in cut-ups, Brion Gysin, etc. quite fascinating.
The "A Very Short Introduction" books are a great way to gain a little more knowledge about topics you'd otherwise have to pay a couple hundred (or thousand) to take a course in at Columbia or NYU or whatever your NYC-overpriced-school-of-choice is. This one is about Dadaism and Surrealism, which I talked about in my Cut-Up Poetry course. Also, I'm partial to anything put out by Oxford University.
Takes away the hype around buzzwords like "lean," and outlines a concrete methodology for launching a business without spending tons of money and time on planning.
To read how fashion reflected the changing lives of women (and how women reflected the changing nature of fashion) through the Vogue editorial lens is delightful.
A great overview of 20th - 21st century fashion. Fantastic photography from all the decades. If you have only one book on fashion history, I vote for this one.
This text deals with some of the issues of site specificity, and while Kwon's approach also deals with land art, I think it's still a worthwhile read.
This is a great overview of public art from a populist perspective, and also has a great bibliography-lots of additional resources!
Lovely prose on all things language and linguistics. All of his books are great.
Puts grammar in historical context. Standard English changes, folks, so loosen up a bit.
Milgrom's book is a fantastic account of her journalistic travels through the world of taxidermy and its eccentric inhabitants. Ranging from the American Museum of Natural History to the workshop of Damien Hirst, it also includes fascinating descriptions of the now-defunct Mr. Potter's Museum of Curiosities.
Neat view of the social makeup of people in a society, and how connectors operate.
Perfect step-by-step guide to writing a great grant proposal. It's very accessible and DIY. Good for anyone from a beginner to a seasoned development associate.
Thompson has done more homework on Thai cuisine than many native chefs, and this book is a convenient compendium of well researched recipes. They're largely true to their origins--definitely not Thai-by-way-of-[Insert "hip" American city here]--making it a trustworthy English-language guide for those who like their Thai food unfiltered.
"Stories in Stone New York" is sort of like an AIA Guide to NYC for cemeteries. It's a cohesive almanac of cemeteries in the city with compact, but well-researched, descriptions for each.
"Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery" is where I would recommend starting if you're interested in exploring cemeteries in NYC, as Green-Wood is definitely the most beautiful, as well as the best documented in terms of walks and famous graves, cemetery in the five boroughs. The history of the place and how ties into New York's development as a metropolis is fascinating.
"Silent Cities" is a great place to start if you're interested in how cemeteries in America have transformed from churchyards to the sprawling rural gardens to the modern memorial parks we see today. It has intriguing details about individual cemeteries in the States, as well as an intelligent general overview. Lots of nice creepy cemetery photography, too.