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Book Covers of Note August 2015


The entire book industry isn’t on vacation. It only seems that way. 1 Here’s August’s book covers of note…

Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction design Palgrave
The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction by Tom Perrin; design Palgrave Macmillan (Palgrave Macmillan / August 2016)

Ally Hughes design by Darren Booth
Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin; design by Darren Booth (Dutton / August 2015)

Almost Famous Women design by Na Kim
Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman; design by Na Kim (Scribner / July 2015)

Among the Ten Thousand design Strick&Williams
Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpoint; design by Strick&Williams (Random House / July 2015)

Barbara the Slut design by Rachel Willey
Barbara the Slut by Lauren Holmes; design by Rachel Willey (Riverhead / August 2015)

Barbarian Days design Darren Haggar
Barbarian Days by William Finnegan; design by Darren Haggar (Penguin / July 2015)

Black Hole design Matt Dorfman
Black Hole by Bucky Sinister; design by Matt Dorfman (Soft Skull / August 2015)

Capitalism in the Web design by Anne Jordan
Capitalism in the Web of Life by Jason W. Moore; design by Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein (Verso / August 2015)

Death by Video Game design by Steve Panton
Death by Video Game by Simon Parkin; design by Steve Panton (Serpent’s Tail / August 2015)

Dust That Falls From Dreams design Oliver Munday
The Dust That Falls From Dreams by Louis de Bernières; design by Oliver Munday (Pantheon / August 2015)

Genghis Khan design James Paul Jones
Genghis Khan by Frank McLynn; design by James Paul Jones (Bodley Head / July 2015)

And because it’s always interesting to see US and UK covers side by side…

Infinite Home US
Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott; design by Alex Merto (Riverhead / August 2015)

infinite home
Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott; design by Stuart Bache (Borough Press / July 2015)

Katrina After the Flood design by Julius Reyes
Katrina by Gary Rivlin; design by Julius Reyes (Simon & Schuster / August 2015)

Landline design Olga Grlic handlettering Jim Tierney
Landline by Rainbow Rowell; design by Olga Grlic; hand-lettering by Jim Tierney (St. Martin’s Press / July 2015)

Memoirs of a Dipper design by Gray318
Memoirs of a Dipper by Nell Leyshon; design by Gray318 (Fig Tree / June 2015)

Narcisa design by Milan Bozic
Narcisa by Jonathan Shaw; design Milan Bozic (Harpercollins / March 2015)

New American Stories design by Peter Mendelsund.
New American Stories edited by Ben Marcus; design by Peter Mendelsund (Vintage / July 2015)

Street Poison by Justin Gifford; design by Michael J. Windsor (Doubleday / August 2015)

Vegetarian design Tom Darracott
The Vegetarian by Han Kang; design by Tom Darracott (Portobello / January 2015)

Wicked and Weird by Rich Terfry; design by Scott Richardson (Doubleday Canada / August 2015)

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