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Book Covers of Note March 2017

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Holy smokes! There are a lot of good covers this month! Feast your eyes on March’s book covers of note:


Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay; cover art by Sean Qualls (Penguin / March 2017)


The Book of Greek and Roman Folktales, Legends & Myths edited and translated by William Hansen; design by Amanda Weiss (Princeton University Press / March 2017)


The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner; design by Justine Anweiler (Pan Macmillan / March 2017)


A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab; design by Will Staehle (Tor Books / February 2017)

This completes a distinctive set of covers for V.E. Schwab’s ‘Shades of Magic’ trilogy by Will Staehle: 


Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach; design by Jaya Miceli (Random House / February 2017)


Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face by Timothy O’Leary; design by David A. Gee (Unsolicited Press / February 2017)


Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon; design Alyssa Nassner; illustration Amanda Lanzone (Amulet Books / March 2017)


The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera; cover art by Dana Svobodova (Simon & Schuster / February 2017)


Eyes Wide Open by Isaac Lidsky; design by Zoe Norvell (Tarcher / March 2017)

And now two covers for Exit West by Mohsin Hamid — first the cover for the UK edition designed by Richard Bravery (Hamish Hamilton / March 2017):

And the cover of the US edition designed by Rachel Willey (Riverhead / March 2017):


The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler; design by Allison Saltzman (Ecco / March 2017)


Jerzy by Jerome Charyn; design by Alban Fischer (Bellevue Literary Press / March 2016)


Little Nothing by Marisa Silver; design by James Paul Jones (Oneworld / March 2017)

Rachel Willey’s cover design for the US edition of Little Nothing published by Blue Rider Press was part of my September 2016 round-up.


The Name of the Game is Kidnapping by Keigo Higashino; design by Janet Hansen (Vertical / February 2017)


Narcissism for Beginners by Martin McDonagh; design by Tree Abraham (Cornerstone / March 2017)


Next Year for Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson; design by Jaya Miceli; cover art by Jarek Puczel (Scribner / March 2017)


One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul; design by C.S. Richardson (Doubleday Canada / March 2017)


One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel; design Thomas Colligan (Scribner / March 2017)


Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen; design by Joan Wong (Wendy Lamb Books / February 2017)


Our Short History by Lauren Grodstein; design by Olga Grlic (Algonquin / March 2017)


Standard Hollywood Depravity by Adam Christopher; design by Will Staehle (Tor Books / March 2017)


Swimmer Among the Stars by Kanishk Tharoor; design by Tyler Comrie (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / March 2017)

I believe the cover of the UK edition, published next month by Pan Macmillan, was designed by Justine Anweiler:


The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See; design by Lauren-Peters-Collaer (Scribner / March 2017)


The Zoo of the New edited by Nick Laird & Don Paterson; design by Richard Green (Particular Books / March 2017)

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