Another month of books, another month of book covers. It may be all the orange and black that assaults my vision when I go out, but this month I responded to simplicity and elegance and, as always, humor. I can never have too many. Here are my favorite October book covers.
It would be beautiful even without the subtle dimensionality, which elevates it even further.
Hiroko Oyamada, Weasels in the Attic; cover design by Janet Hansen (New Directions, October 4)
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All of Hansen’s covers for Oyamada’s books have been quirky, bold, and colorful; this one also has the added value of being funny.
A clever and compelling—and fun—take the sign-style cover.
Very funny and visually striking to boot.
I love this version of the all-type cover, which invites you to recognize (or guess) all the typographical references, which in turn invites you right into the book.
I like the simple style of the new NYRB series; that this one uses sassy (and dramatic!) painting makes it even better.
The pterodactyl running away with the E! Go on.
Jeanna Kadlec, Heretic; cover design by Robin Bilardello (Harper, October 25)
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Another simple yet effective cover, which creates a lot of mystery in all that foggy in-between space.