judging books by their covers

Book designer/novelist Chip Kidd offered up his favorite book covers in Newsweek which got me thinking about mine.

I have to say, I wouldn’t have made the same selections he did, although when I read his reasons for choosing each, I was swayed. Mostly.

You Remind Me of Me: A Novel by Dan ChaonSpecial Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha PesslForeign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China by Rachel DeWoskinSt. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen RussellNo One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda JulyThe World to Come: A Novel by Dara Horn

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy DelisleThe Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad

Some I like:

David Sedaris – Holidays on Ice – The cover’s got some of the darkness that edges the humor.
Haruki Murakami- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle– No good reason, just a design I like.
Dan Chaon – You Remind Me of Me – Simple, but gets your attention. Plus, the shoes are nice.
Marisha Pessl – Special Topics in Calamity Physics–  Wasn’t a huge fan of this book, but the inventiveness of the cover matches the imagination on the inside.
Rachel DeWoskin – Foreign Babes in Beijing – Sassy!
Karen Russell – St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised by Wolves – A cover as offbeat as Russell’s stories.
Miranda July – No One Belongs Here More Than You. – So simple, but it works for this quirky collection. I think this comes in several versions. I know there’s a pink as well as a yellow.
Dara Horn- The World To Come – Judging by the cover it just looks like you’re going to get some good storytelling out of this book, and I certainly did. Somehow the cover manages to convey a certain goodness that comes through in the writing, too.
Guy DeLisle’s Pyongyang – I guess it’s not fair to include a graphic novel – in this case a graphic memoir – but I am going to anyway. The smiles on these accordian players are just as eerie as much of DeLisle’s visit to North Korea.
Asne Sierstaad – The Bookseller of Kabul – Love the use of color and fantastic documentary photography.


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