I've previously pimped Brian Doherty's book, This is Burning Man, which is the definitive history of the origins and evolution of the event in the desert. But it's not a book you can casually toss at someone, open randomly to a page, and have them let out a gasp. There have been some previous attempts to assemble the ultimate Burning Man coffee table book, but they all seem flat and fall short.
Which is why I'm so damn excited about Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man. It's fabulous. Gorgeous. It gives me chills. The text is smart and knowing and it is visually rich and simply stunning. The author, Jessica Bruder, will be doing a reading on Monday at Elliott Bay Books at 7:30pm. I'll be there and if your a Seattlite reading this then you should be there too.
I'd be in love with this book in any event, but it's all the more special because it has a lovely nighttime shot with the Rocket Bus in the background and a more than full page spread of the Temple of Light in the daytime.