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Book Covers of Note August 2017


Oh hey, August.

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson; design by Milan Bozic (Amistad / May 2017)

Robin Billardello‘s cover design for the hardcover of Another Brooklyn, released last year, is also great. 

Bolshoi Confidential by Simon Morrison; design by Jo Walker (Fourth Estate / August 2017)

They’re not really the same, but the cover of Bolshoi Confidential reminded me of La Boca‘s excellent cover design for The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman from a few years ago… 

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa; design by Peter Mendelsund (New Directions / August 2017)

Everybody Hurts by Joanna Nadin & Anthony McGowan; design by Leo Nickolls (Atom / August 2017)

The Futilitarians by Anne Gisleson; design by Lauren Harms (Little Brown & Co. / August 2017)

The House of Government by Yuri Slezkine; design by Chris Ferrante; illustration by Francesco Bongiorni (Princeton University Press / August 2017)

Humankind by Timothy Morton; design by  Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein (Verso / August 2017)

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell; design by Yeti Lambregts (Tinder Press / August 2017)

This is just the latest in a series of great covers for Maggie O’Farrell’s books designed by Yeti. 

I Am the Wolf by Mark Lanegan; design by Alex Camlin (Da Capo / August 2017)

A Life of Adventure and Delight by Akhil Sharma; design by Alex Kirby (Faber & Faber / August 2017)

The cover of the US edition designed by Peter Mendelsund was featured in last month’s post

Lovers & Strangers by Clair Wills; design by Tom Etherington (Allen Lane / August 2017)

A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon; design by Will Staehle (Angry Robot / August 2017)

Often I Am Happy by Jens Christian Grøndahl; design by Justine Anweiler (Picador / August 2017)

Safe by Ryan Gattis; design by Alex Merto (MCD / August 2017)

Sex & Rage by Eve Babitz; design by Kelly Winton (Counterpoint / July 2017)

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo; design by Janet Hansen (Knopf / August 2017)

The Story of John Nightly by Tot Taylor; design by Bob & Roberta Smith (Unbound / July 2017)

Such Small Hands by Andres Barba; design by Dan Mogford (Portobello Books / August 2017)

Turf by Elizabeth Crane; design by Kelly Winton (Soft Skull Press / June 2017)

Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan; design by Erik Carter (New Directions / August 2017)

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