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Some of the Best Book Covers of 2015

idi By idi Published on February 9, 2016

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This article was updated on April 27, 2017

"When considering the book as a whole, I prefer that the interiors contain answers and the covers ask questions. To the extent that my favorite reading experiences empower me to confront uncomfortable truths and honest answers about people, societies and the greater universe, the covers that lure me into the pages often do so by posing questions that I don’t want to ignore.

Books and their covers are confronting their own awkward questions of relevance and value in the escalating competition for attention against screens the size of Jumbotrons (or, conversely, wristwatches). To see publishers answer this concern with the craft, sophistication and pictorial wit that go into an increasing number of book covers each year reinforces the certainty that one of our oldest technologies remains one of our most perfect. Below are 12 covers from 2015 that made me stop, stare and ask aloud to no one in particular what the cover means, only to turn to the first page and then the following and then the one after that and onward."

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“The Complete Stories” by Clarice Lispector

Designed by Paul Sahre

Publisher: New Directions

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“Satin Island” by Tom McCarthy

Designed by Peter Mendelsund

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

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“KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps” by Nikolaus Wachsmann

Designed by Alex Merto

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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“Making Nice” by Matt Sumell

Designed by Gray318

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

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“Everything That Rises Must Converge” by Flannery O’Connor

Designed by Charlotte Strick

Illustration by June Glasson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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“Everything That Rises Must Converge” by Flannery O’Connor

Designed by Charlotte Strick

Illustration by June Glasson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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“The Liar’s Club” (20th Anniversary Edition) by Mary Karr

Designed by Paul Buckley

Illustration by Brian Rea

Publisher: Penguin Classics

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“Witches of America” by Alex Mar

Designed by Rachel Willey

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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“Voices in the Night” by Steven Millhauser

Designed by Janet Hansen

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

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“Voices in the Night” by Steven Millhauser

Designed by Janet Hansen

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

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“The Librarian” by Mikhail Elizarov

Designed by David Pearson

Publisher: Pushkin Press

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“The Librarian” by Mikhail Elizarov

Designed by David Pearson

Publisher: Pushkin Press

MATT DORFMAN - New York Times

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