This week’s great book cover is for A House in the Sky: A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve spotlighted some cool covers from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter wonderful wizardry series here on the blog before, but these Swedish versions are amazing. I want them all.
Here’s one of my favorites: The Prisoner of Azkaban:
It’s Harry and Buckbeak near Hagrid’s house. Eeee!
Happy Friday! Today’s pick is The Investigation by Philippe Claudel.
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.”
Today’s book cover pick is The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman.
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).
I really love the cover for the new paperback version of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.
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.
Um … yes?
This week’s pick is The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger. The hardcover version just released a few days ago.
Angleberger has created other origami Star Wars books that look equally as adorable. This is the fourth in the fictional series aimed at middle-school life.
Today’s pick is I Am an Executioner: Love Stories by Rajesh Parameswaran. It features “nine stories about the power of love and the love of power, two urgent human desires that inevitably, and sometimes calamitously, intertwine.”
Special thanks to Kate for this one. KATE, IS THIS GOOD?
Have a great weekend, everyone.
The street-art-inspired version from Penguin (by Italian visual artist Agostino Iacurci).
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?”
I hope everyone’s enjoying their Friday. This week’s book cover selection is Bodies by Susie Orbach.
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.