Friday, August 7, 2009

Rodrigo Corral/Ben Wiseman/Mark Stutzman: Fordlandia

Truly one of my favorite covers right now, and very unique in the bookstore. The spine, which I think is a dark pink, features the the title printed vertically with the car on top of the F. The illustration is, amazingly, an original by Mark Stutzman. Mark also illustrated the art printed on the case of Stephen King's Lisey's Story, the Elvis stamp, and the Annie Get Your Gun Broadway poster:

http://www.liljas-library.com/img/other/lisey_mark.jpg
http://museumofglass.org/blogs/docents/wp-content/uploads/articles_10.jpg
http://www.spotnyc.com/docs/key_annie.php

The book itself sounds fascinating:
In 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, bought a tract of land twice the size of Delaware in the Brazilian Amazon. His intention was to grow rubber, but the project rapidly evolved into a more ambitious bid to export America itself, along with its golf courses, ice-cream shops, bandstands, indoor plumbing, and Model Ts rolling down broad streets. (new from Henry Holt)

2 comments:

Ian Shimkoviak said...

i too love the cover. the way the sun hits the letters, the way the whole thing takes you back to a time long gone. What a crazy concept Ford had. Must be a very interesting read.

Anonymous said...

this cover is off the chain!! papa, i love it!!

you know, i actually picked this up at barnes & noble the other day. it was so good i wound up bringing it to my friend's independence party. my friends were all, "Bethenny stop!!" what ever happened to ... summer reading???

*sigh* anyway ... great cover. it's huge :)