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Book Covers of Note April 2015

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Never mind that still feels like some crazy never-ending winter in Toronto, it’s (allegedly) April so here are a few new and recent covers that have caught my eye in the past month…

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American Warlord by Johnny Dwyer; design by Oliver Munday (Knopf / April 2015)

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Boring Girls by Sara Taylor; design by David A. Gee (ECW  / April 2015)

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City Beasts by Mark Kurlansky; design by Rachel Willey (Riverhead / February 2015)

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Dismantling by Brian DeLeeuw; design by Zoe Norvell (Plume / April 2015)

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Every Living One by Nathan Haukes; design by Alban Fischer (Horse Less Press / March 2015)

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The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord; design by Charles Brock (Del Rey / January 2015)

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The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough; design by Nina Goffi; illustration by Christopher Silas Neal (Scholastic / April 2015)

(You know who could do an amazing Harper Lee cover? Christopher Silas Neal, that’s who!)

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Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum; design by Gabrielle Bordwin (Random House / March 2015)

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Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; design by Julia Connolly;  illustration Petra Börner (Vintage / April 2015)

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How to Run a Government by Michael Barber; design by Barnbrook (Allen Lane / March 2015)

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Love and Other Foreign Policy Goals by Jesse Armstrong; design by Matt Broughton (Jonathan Cape / April 2015)

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The Man Who Planted Trees by Jim Robbins; design by Thomas Ng; photograph Peter Kupfer (Spiegel & Grau / March 2015)

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The Musical Brain by César Aira; design by Rodrigo Corral (New Directions / March 2015)

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Odd Man Out by F. L. Green; design by M. S. Corley (Valancourt Books / March 2015)

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On the Way by Cyn Vargas; design by Alban Fischer (Curbside Splendor / April 2015)

(I also like Alban Fischer’s cover for Does Not Love by James Tadd Adcox, published by Curbside Splendor in 2014, a lot)

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Plague and Cholera by Patrick Deville; design by Sian Wilson (Abacus / April 2015)

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The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre; design by Anna Booth; photography by Jon Barkat and Gary Spector (Feiwel & Friends / April 2015)

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The Road to Character by David Brooks; design by Jim Stoddart (Allen Lane / April 2015)

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The Seven Madmen
by Roberto Arlt; design by Steve Panton; series design Peter Dyer (Serpent’s Tail / February 2015)

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The Splendid Things We Planned by Blake Bailey; design by Greg Mollica; cover art by Matthew Cusick (W. W. Norton / February 2015)

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The Strange Case of Rachel K by Rachel Kushner; design by Paul Sahre (New Directions / March 2015)

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Syrian Notebooks by Jonathan Littell; design by David A. Gee; photograph by Mani (Verso / March 2015)

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Tout Peut Changer by Naomi Klein; design by Nouvelle Administration (Lux Éditeur / March 2015)

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Voices in the Night by Steven Millhauser; design by Janet Hansen (Knopf / April 2015)

(Another great 2014 cover I missed — but saw in a bookstore recently — is Janet’s design for Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah)

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Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker; design by Gray318 (Atria / April 2015)

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The Woman Who Read Too Much by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani; design by Anne Jordan (Stanford University Press / April 2015)

(I like this unused unused comp very much too)

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Worthy by Denice Turner; design by Kimberly Glyder (University of Nevada Press / April 2015)

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