Complex's Best of 2009: The Top 25 Books

Complex's Best of 2009: The Top 25 Books


In 2009, we spent so much time putting together our retrospective of the last decade (click here for our "Best of the 2000s" series) that we almost forgot about all the memorable things that happened this year. Well, 2010 ain't here yet, so we're spending the last week looking back at all our favorite stuff, including albums, movies, girls, video games, sports moments, books, style trends, and websites. You might not realize it from our occasionally juvenile sense of humor, but the Complex staff is actually quite literate. Quite! This year we poured over everything from graffiti black books to revealing drug exposés. Read about all our favorites in the Top 25 Books of 2009 countdown...


#25: Piecebook: Reloaded

AUTHORS: Sacha Jenkins and Dave VIllorente

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Complex homies Sacha Jenkins and and Dave "CHINO BYI" Villorente go back to the well for a follow-up peek into graf artists' black books. Spray it again, fam! We loved the concept so much that we collaborated with the book's authors on our recent model shoot.

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#24: The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?

AUTHOR: Padgett Powell

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Yes, it's written all in questions. And yes, at first that might remind you of one of those Barnes & Noble impulse-buy "conversation starter" card sets. But trust us, stick with it.

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#23: Momofuku

AUTHOR: David Chang

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: We extolled the virtues of David Chang back in our '08 Style and Design issue, and now you can (try to) cook like the man at home. Just make sure you're all stocked up on pork and hoisin.

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#22: Changing My Mind

AUTHOR: Zadie Smith

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: A collection of critical essays may not be your idea of a casual read, but Zadie Smith never fails to be compelling and her unique take on literature, politics, and pop culture will give you something to think (and talk) about while you shake off seasonal affective disorder.

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#21: Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb

AUTHOR: R. Crumb

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: The legendary undeground comic artist brings his unique style to the book of Genesis. And when we say the book of Genesis, we mean the entire thing, with every biblical word printed alongside Crumb's quirky illustrations. Even if you're not Christian, it's one hell of a story.

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HIT NEXT TO SEE THE REST OF THE COUNTDOWN! (BOOKS #20 - #16)

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