Awesome book cover Friday: A House in the Sky

This week’s great book cover is for A House in the Sky: A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett.

A House in the Sky

I love this cover. It’s minimalistic yet elegant, and it reminds me of a wood cutout.

The memoir is about a brave woman whose love of traveling leads her to Somalia, “the most dangerous place on earth,” where she’s abducted on her fourth day and held hostage for over a year. She “converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives ‘wife lessons’ from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape,” according to the description.

It sounds good albeit upsetting.

Awesome book cover Friday: Fortunately, the Milk

This week’s cover selection is for Neil Gaiman’s new book, Fortunately, the Milk. Who could resist a title like that?

I mean, I can imagine someone saying, “Fortunately, we have milk.” But “fortunately, the milk”? What’s that about?

Apparently, time travel and breakfast cereal.

Fortunately, the Milk

I can’t help but love this cover because it’s illustrated by Skottie Young, who makes Marvel characters look like cute babies. (I’m serious.)

I NEED THIS.

Awesome book cover Friday: The Investigation

Happy Friday! Today’s pick is The Investigation by Philippe Claudel.

The Investigation

The novel is “a dark fable that evokes the absurdity and alienation of existence with piercing intelligence and considerable humor.” It’s about an investigator who just can’t catch a break, and with all his bad luck, he’s supposed to solve a series of suicides — 22 in the same building makes an unusual case. The book description calls it “a wild, Kafka-esque romp through a dystopian landscape, probing the darkly comic nature of the human condition.”

Awesome book cover Friday: The Teleportation Accident

Today’s book cover pick is The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman.

The Teleportation Accident

It’s a novel “about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it.”

This actually sounds pretty fun: a book about time travel and a guy who can’t get laid. It’s a weird concoction, but that seems to be Beauman’s thing. His other novel, Boxer, Beetle, mixes Nazi history and crime with a protagonist whose genetic condition makes him smell like rotting fish (P.S. that’s a real disorder).

Awesome book cover Friday: The Casual Vacancy

I really love the cover for the new paperback version of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.

The Casual Vacancy paperback

What do you think? It’s so sleek and pristine, which is the public face but not the reality of the town of Pagford. The Casual Vacancy is Rowling’s “adult” book, and boy, is it ever. It’s all about hypocrites, gossip, relationships, and societal life. Read my review and check out the original cover here.

Awesome book cover Friday: How to Be Good

The street-art-inspired version from Penguin (by Italian visual artist Agostino Iacurci).

How to Be Good

I actually didn’t care for Nick Hornby’s How to Be Good when I read it in college, but this cover sure is nice. What do you think of it?

From the description: “Hornby means us to take his title literally: How can we be good, and what does that mean?”

Awesome book cover Friday: Bodies

I hope everyone’s enjoying their Friday. This week’s book cover selection is Bodies by Susie Orbach.

Bodies

Kind of creepy. Very cool.

Description from Goodreads:

Throughout the Western world, people have come to believe that general dissatisfaction can be relieved by some change in their bodies. Here Susie Orbach explains the origins of this condition, and examines its implications for all of us. Challenging the Freudian view that bodily disorders originate and progress in the mind, Orbach argues that we should look at self-mutilation, obesity, anorexia, and plastic surgery on their own terms, through a reading of the body itself. Incorporating the latest research from neuropsychology, as well as case studies from her own practice, she traces many of these fixations back to the relationship between mothers and babies, to anxieties that are transferred unconsciously, at a very deep level, between the two. Orbach reveals how vulnerable our bodies are, how susceptible to every kind of negative stimulus — from a nursing infant sensing a mother’s discomfort to a grown man or woman feeling inadequate because of a model on a billboard. That vulnerability makes the stakes right now tremendously high.

In the past several decades, a globalized media has overwhelmed us with images of an idealized, westernized body, and conditioned us to see any exception to that ideal as a problem. The body has become an object, a site of production and commerce in and of itself. Instead of our bodies making things, we now make our bodies. Susie Orbach reveals the true dimensions of the crisis, and points the way toward healing and acceptance.