Thursday, January 13, 2011
Friday, December 31, 2010
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Happy Holidayz Everybawdy! Boy, BCovAnon has been a lazy ho these past two weeks, drinkin booze and eatin brisket. Thanks for putting put up with us. These gorgeous covers are from a recent trip to my favorite bookstore, 192 Books in Chelsea. Houdini is from Yale Univ Press. Kimberly Glyder designed and illustrated the Marilyn Monroe cover. A Cynic's Guide is designed by the author, Mario DiGiorgio, and Geometry of Pasta is from Quirk. Here are some heartwarming holiday thoughts from A Cynic's Guide:
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Friday, December 10, 2010
Saw these in London Heathrow over the summer. I think it's really interesting that the UK publisher took this route to sell the book - basically, creating four covers that look like TV mini-series posters. The US paperback cover took a very different direction:
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
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Monday, November 22, 2010
I just gotsta unload these beauties - they've been on my mind for a while. The Eagles, (Sterling) is a gorgeous oversized hardcover, with an added bonus - a distressed silver foil all over the type and illustration. And check out the $1 sticker on the Yard Sale Book - printed right on the case.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
A series of sci-fi time-travelling novels. In Blackout, three travellers from the year 2060 become unexpectedly trapped in 1940. They struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler’s bombers attempt to pummel London into submission. In All Clear the story continues. I love the mathematical pattern coupled with the photos - the pattern is spot gloss.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
In honor of tonight's AIGA Penguin75 talk, I'd like to post some covers by the newest designers working in the Penguin Art Deparment, in order of appearance. Alex Merto (The Old Romantic) works under Helen Yentus at Riverhead. Eric White (Fadeaway Girl) and Jim Tierny (Guided Tour) work under Paul Buckley for Viking/Penguin. Dan Donohue (Super Mario) is working under Joe Perez for Portfolio. Super talented and super fun bunch 'o dudez.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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Monday, October 11, 2010
In a tiny village, cut off from the outside world, unnatural events are menacing the populace. Apparitions of vampires and zombies terrorize the townsfolk, and they come to believe that the Devil occupies the abandoned castle looming over their town. A visitor to the region, a young count, vows to liberate the town from this thrall-pitting his reason against the forces of evil and superstition. Yet he too must confront the limits of reason when he views, in the depths of the castle, his long-dead love...
This gripping story-a genre-making first-has long been unavailable. Melville House is proud to present it here in a brilliant new translation by award-winning translator Charlotte Mandell.
All descriptions taken from the Melville House website. Thank you, Bunny, for the headz up.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Viking, 2011. Printed on uncoated paper with deboss on all the rough pen marks - it feels sculpt debossed. "Against the backdrop of the troubled 1960s, this coming-of-age novel weaves together a compelling psychological drama and vivid outer-space fantasy. Danny Shapiro is an isolated teenager, living with a dying mother and a hostile father and without friends. To cope with these circumstances, Danny forges a reality of his own, which includes the sinister "Three Men in Black", mysterious lake creatures with insectlike carapaces, a beautiful young seductress and thief with whom Danny falls in love, and an alien/human love child who-if only Danny can keep her alive-will redeem the planet."
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Monday, September 20, 2010
"When she lands a coveted nonpaying, nonspeaking role in a play going on a European tour, Rachel Shukert—with a brand-new degree in acting from NYU and no money—finally scores her big break. And, after a fluke at customs in Vienna, she gets her golden ticket: an unstamped passport, giving her free rein to “find herself” on a grand tour of Europe." - Harper Perennial, 7/10
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Arresting new paperback, with handwriting by Joel Holland. Gloss with spot matte on the type. The story of a wealthy happily married man with a strange disease that makes him get up at any hour of the day and set out walking as far as he possibly can go before collapsing.
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Thursday, September 9, 2010
WW Norton, October 2010. Whoa! I can't wait to see this in the stores...will it be uncoated? I first thought this represented a toppling layer cake, then a house, but now that I've read the plot summary it might be more about this:
"...Connecting these stories is a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or have given it away. As the narrators of Great House make their confessions, the desk takes on more and more meaning, and comes finally to stand for all that has been taken from them, and all that binds them to what has disappeared."
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Thursday, September 2, 2010
"The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. He hated and lusted after his mother and “summoned her dead.” She was murdered three months later.
The Hilliker Curse is a predator’s confession, a treatise on guilt and on the power of malediction, and above all, a cri de cœur. James Ellroy unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, his nervous breakdown, and the beginning of a relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought Her."
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Friday, August 27, 2010
Noticed the US cover yesterday - a very different look from the current offering at Borders. Illustrator name to follow. The UK cover is below...different title, but I think it's the same book. This is supposed to be a very fun almost child-like novel about a Beefeater in the Tower of London who becomes zoomaster to the Queen's menagerie when they become housed on the Tower grounds. I just visited The Tower, and this is fascinating. There are 36 Beefeaters living there- they are retired members of the military who keep the tower safe and lead the tours, telling you all about Anne Bolyn's head being chopped off at the Tower, people being tortured there, and showing you the awesome Queen's Jewels. Anyway, love these covers.
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Monday, August 23, 2010
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Recently fell in love with the new Prime of Miss Jean Brodie cover, designed by Robin Bilardello for Harper Perennial using the illustration from the book's first edition. Reinganum illustrated both Spark covers in the early 60s. I might love Brodie because my friend in high school played the lead in a theater camp production when were 14:
"The story of an eccentric Edinburgh teacher who inspires cultlike reverence in her young students, the novel was Spark's best-known work. The novel explores themes of innocence, betrayal, and cold rationality opposed to unchecked emotionalism. The story of Miss Brodie's ultimate downfall is told from the unsympathetic perspective of one of her students.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Cool paperback series design at top...I also love the hardcover of the latest book, The Golden City, on the bottom. Not sure who the hardcover deigner is yet. This is a sci-fi/fantasy series where a Big Brother-like corporation watches every person and controls everything without anyone's knowledge. Two brothers, who can both travel around different levels of consciousness, figure out what's going on but become enemies when one of them decides to join the evil company in his quest for power.
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