While we do love our fiction at HuffPost Arts & Culture, 2016 ushered in ample nonfiction work that’s just as worthy of your time and eyeballs.
What many need after a drawn-out and frightening election season are resources to unplug and reconnect to our humanity. The sprawling category of “nonfiction” works in the universe could fit the bill for anyone’s particular reading needs, with authors providing insight and elucidation to the true world around us. In a time when the fleeting pace of newsfeeds and the viruslike spread of fake news dominates headlines, it can be a relief to reflect on and learn from a static, thorough object like a book.
If you’re looking to sink deep into a life story, or simply allow your mind to open up to an experience that’s unlike your own, consider these 19 selections from HuffPost writers.
Donald Woodman describes himself as “assistant, friend, and sometime adversary” to the late, great Abstract Expressionist Agnes Martin, for whom he worked for seven years . Martin lived in isolation in New Mexico, producing minimalist canvases and concise, meditative mottos summarizing her practice. She said things like “No, I am not any of those stereotypes that are placed on women. I am an old woman, but I insult the male ego so men don’t like me around.” If you love the artist, you’ll love this quiet recounting of her life and influence. -KB
Writing contributed by Claire Fallon, Maddie Crum, Priscilla Frank, Katherine Brooks and Jillian Capewell.