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Book Covers of Note May 2015

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This month’s post is very heavy on illustrated and hand-lettered covers for some reason, but it’s all the prettier for it…

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All This Has Nothing To Do With Me by Monica Sabolo; design by Justine Anweiler; illustration by Daphne van den Heuvel (Picador / April 2015)

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At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón; design by Jonathan Pelham (Fourth Estate / May 2015)

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B & Me by J. C. Hallman; design by Christopher Lin (Simon & Schuster / March 2015)

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The Bees by Laline Paull; design by Sara Wood (Ecco / May 2015)

The jacket for the US hardcover of The Bees, designed by Steve Attardo, was a book cover of note in May 2014.

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Black Snow by Paul Lynch; design by Keith Hayes (Little, Brown & Co. / May 2015)

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Boo by Neil Smith; design by Isabel Urbina Peña (Vintage / May 2015)

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Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert design by Maria Elias; illustration by Christopher Silas Neal (Disney-Hyperion / May 2015)

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Eden West by Pete Hautman; design by Matt Roeser (Candlewick / April 2015)

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Empire of the Senses by Alexis Landau; design by Janet Hansen (Pantheon / March 2015)

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Herzog by Saul Bellow; design by Lynn Buckley (Penguin / May 2015)

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How to Clone a Mammoth by Beth Shapiro; design by Jason Alejandro (Princeton University Press / April 2015)

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KL by Nikolaus Wachsmann; design by Alex Merto (Farrar, Straus & Giroux / April 2015)

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Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North; design by Spencer Kimble (Blue Rider Press / May 2015)

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Lifted by the Great Nothing by Karim Dimechkie; design by Katya Mezhibovskaya; illustration by Christopher Silas Neal (Bloomsbury / May 2015)

Further proof, were it needed, that Christopher would do a great covers for Harper Lee.

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Mislaid by Nell Zink; design by Allison Saltzman (Ecco / May 2015)

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My Documents by Alejandro Zambra; design & illustration Sunra Thompson (McSweeney’s / April 2015)

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Nightmares and Geezenstacks by Fredric Brown; design by M. S. Corley (Valancourt Books / April 2015)

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Odysseus Abroad by Amit Chaudhuri; design by Oliver Munday (Knopf / April 2015)

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Ohey! by Darby Larson; design by Alban Fischer (CCM / May 2015)

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Schlump by Hans Herbert Grim; design by Suzanne Dean; illustration by Clare Curtis (Vintage / May 2015)

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty; design by Peter Adlington (Canongate / April 2015)

The US edition, designed by David High, was a book cover of note in September 2014.

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The Upright Thinkers by Leonard Mlodinow; cover art by Tom Gauld (Allen Lane / May 2015)

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Visiting Hours by Amy Butcher; design by Spencer Kimble (Blue Rider Press / April 2015)

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Wake Up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames; design by Jamie Keenan (Pushkin Press / May 2015)

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