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Book Covers of Note November 2014

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This is the last of the monthly cover round-ups for 2014, and I have a lot to cram in before I start on my big end of year list, so it’s a bit of corker (if I do say so myself) with lots of gold foil and other fancy finishes:

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Amnesia by Peter Carey; design by Alex Kirby (Faber & Faber / October 2014)

(The dust jacket is actually acetate)

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The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis; illustration by Matt Taylor; type design and art direction by Richard Bravery (Viking / August 2014)

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The Big Green Tent by Ludmila Ulitskaya; design by Devin Washburn (FSG / December 2014)

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Convulsing Bodies by Mark D. Jordan; design by Anne Jordan (Stanford University Press / October 2014)

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Critical Journeys by Robert Schroeder; design Jana Vukovic (Library Juice Press / September 2014)

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Dear Reader by Paul Fournel; illustration by Jean Jullien (Pushkin Press / November 2014)

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The Enormous Room by E. E. Cummings; design by Devin Washburn (Liveright / October 2014)

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Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein; design Christopher Silas Neal (Crown / September 2014)

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick; design by Gray318 (Little Brown & Co / July 2014)

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Girl Defective by Simmone Howell; design by Debra Sfetsios-Conover; illustration Jeffrey Everett (Atheneum / September 2014)

(I also really like Sandy Cull’s design for the Australian edition published by Pan Macmillan in 2013)

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The Hoarders by Scott Herring; design by David Drummond (University of Chicago Press / November 2014)

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In Case of Emergency by Courtney Moreno; design by Sunra Thompson (McSweeney’s / September 2014)

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Into the Blizzard by Michael Winter; design by Scott Richardson (Doubleday Canada / November 2014)

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It’s Not Me It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane; design by Heike Schüssler; illustration by Gianmarco Magnani / Silence Television (HarperCollins / November 2014)

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Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart; design by Rodrigo Corral Design (Random House / October 2014)

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Smoke Proofs by Andrew Steeves; design by Andrew Steeves (Gaspereau Press / September 2014)

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The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James; design by Coralie Bickford-Smith (Penguin / November 2014)

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The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen; design by Nathan Burton (Pushkin Press / September 2014)

(The hardcover edition, designed by David Pearson, is also amazing)

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Sailing the Forest by Robin Robertson; design by Neil Lang (Picador / September 2014)

(The skull is gold foil on the finished book)

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The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker; design by Louise Fili; illustration by R. O. Blechman (Viking / September 2014)

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The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker; design by Jim Stoddart & Isabelle de Cat; photograph by Kayla Varley (Penguin / September 2014)

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Tales of the Marvellous and the Strange translated by Malcolm C. Lyons; design by Coralie Bickford-Smith Isabelle de Cat; illustration by Nina Chakrabarti (Penguin / November 2014)

(Just look at all that gold!)

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Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter; design by Charlotte Strick; photograph by Natalie Dirks (FSG / November 2014)

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What I Want to Tell You Goes Like This by Matt Rader; design by Ben Didier / Pretty/Ugly Design (Nightwood Editions / October 2014 )

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You by Caroline Kepnes; design by Natalie Sousa (Atria / September 2014)

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