Judging A Book By Its Cover

Article by Augusta

In our era of the e-book, it's not enough just to have a good story. Many book lovers want the object, the paper book to hold and to place on a shelf. Publishers are aware of this and in order to engage physical book fans more fully, they’ve begun placing a greater emphasis on design and quality: book as objet d'art.

My most recent obsession is with Jessica Hische's design. Her typography is stunning and I could spend hours looking at the things she’s created. Fortunately for us, Hische has recently paired up with Penguin on a beautiful and unique rainbow-colored series of modern classics. The first 6 were released a few months ago and I can't get enough of them.

There will be 26 books total in the series, one for each letter of the alphabet (each letter stands for the first letter of each author's last name). The next 6 books, in shades of yellow and green, will be released at the end of April.

Collecting these books is a good way to catch up on some classics you may have missed and to give your bookshelves a pop of color.

This isn't Hische's first foray into book design, however. She has worked with other publishers, notably McSweeney's, to create memorable covers. Here are some of my favorites! -Augusta

Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Jessica Hische (Illustrator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143123163
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 12th, 2012

Jane Eyre Cover Image
By Charlotte Bronte, Jessica Hische (Illustrator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143123149
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 12th, 2012

My Antonia Cover Image
By Willa Cather, Jessica Hische (Illustrator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143123156
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 12th, 2012

Great Expectations Cover Image
By Charles Dickens, Jessica Hische (Illustrator)
$23.00
ISBN: 9780143123798
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 12th, 2012

Middlemarch Cover Image
By George Eliot, Jessica Hische (Illustrator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143123811
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 12th, 2012

Madame Bovary Cover Image
By Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (Translator), Jessica Hische (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143123804
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 12th, 2012

A Hologram for the King Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781936365746
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: McSweeney's - June 19th, 2012

This National Book Award Finalist was a big seller for Brazos.


Song Reader Cover Image
By Beck
$34.00
ISBN: 9781938073380
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: McSweeney's - December 11th, 2012

Beck's most recent album was released only as sheet music - how cool is that?


Jacob's Folly Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374178543
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 5th, 2013

This recent release is in my to-read stack.


Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781936365760
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: McSweeney's Books - April 3rd, 2012

Fascinating essays on creation.


This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More.  Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780312563554
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 8th, 2012

An irreverent self-help book from Augusten Burroughs - he’ll be reading from this book in the store on May 2nd!


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