Friday, October 3, 2008

Charlotte Strick: The Secret Life of Words

A book about the origins of English, which it turns out, has absorbed words from over 350 different languages, including the word "shampoo" from Hindi.

Thank God, Allah, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and Zeus, among others for this cover. I really love it. It looks awesome in the bookstore - check it. And it serves as a puzzle with solution on the back flap. And I love the font choice. Go Charlotte!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Evan Gaffney: The Given Day

Set in Boston after WWI, this is the story of two families, one black one white, engaged in a battle for survival and power amidst all the crazy stuff that was going down back then. There's lots of famous peeps in the book, including Babe Ruth, Eugene O'Neill, W. E. B. DuBois, and the attorney general Mitchell Palmer - famous for his communist-hunting Palmer Raids. Is that Emma Goldman on the left?

Anyway, I think it's awesome looking. Love that green tinting on the photos turning to rust.