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Book Cover of the Week: Nest

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Permalink

Posted by Chava Lansky

Nest by Esther Ehrlich tells the story of Naomi "Chirp" Orenstein, a young girl living on Cape Cod in the 1970s. When Chip's beloved mother falls ill she finds comfort in watching wild birds, observing their patterns to develop a "nest" of her own. The beautiful cover of this middle-grade novel is designed by extraordinary designer and illustrator Teagan White. Nest is due for release this September.

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Book Cover of the Week: On Bittersweet Place

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | Permalink

Posted by Chava Lansky

The floating house on the cover of Ronna Wineberg's new novel, On Bitterwsweet Place shows the struggle and the lack of belonging that protagonist Lena Czernitski feels as a Russian Jewish immigrant in Chicago during the Jazz Age. The cover's backdrop is a photo of Bittersweet Place, a street on the Northwest side of Chicago, once home to the iconic Burdick Enamel Sign Company.

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Book Cover of the Week: Tomorrow There Will be Apricots

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 | Permalink

Posted by Chava Lansky

In Tomorrow There Will be Apricots Jessica Soffer tells the story of two women adrift in New York City: one an almost orphan and the second a widowed Iraqi Jewish immigrant, who together find solace and direction through the cooking of cardamom pistachio cookies, baklava, kubba, and more. The title is based on the Arabic adage which goes, "tomorrow, apricots may bloom," and Melissa Lofty's simple cover design juxtaposed with a colorfully patterned spine evokes the same sense of hope and serenity.

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Book Cover of the Week: The Baroness

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | Permalink

Posted by Chava Lansky

Hannah Rothschild's 2012 book The Baroness is an expose of her great-aunt Nica, the "rebellious Rothschild," a woman who lived out her years hovering on the edge of society. The book cover illustration capturing Nica's particular je ne sais quoi is by San Francisco based artist couple Vivenne Flesher and Ward Shumaker.

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Book Cover of the Week: The Kraus Project

Thursday, October 03, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

In The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus, Jonathan Franzen gives new voice to the great nineteenth-century European critic Karl Kraus. Followed by figures such as Franz Kafka and Walter Benjamin, Kraus was a Viennese satirist who is largely forgotten today. Until now. Jonathan Franzen's latest work not only includes new translations of Kraus's work, but also his own annotations, context, and contemporary connections—an important addition to your fall reading list. The Kraus Project was published this week by Farrar, Straus and Giroux:

 

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Book Cover of the Week: Pascin by Joann Sfar

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Joann Sfar's biography of the Jewish modernist painter Pascin (Julius Mordecai Pincas) will soon be available in the U.S. with a translation by Edward Gauvin. Uncivilized Books will publish the title on October 15th.

The U.S. cover is on the left:

    

The French edition was published as six separate books (I could only find 5 covers), which are particularly lovely as a set:

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Book Cover of the Week: The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

This irresistible collection of stories by Stefan Zweig (translated by Anthea Bell) will be published by Pushkin Press in November (seriously: beautiful on the inside and beautiful on the outside):

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Book Cover of the Week: The Gallery of Vanished Husbands

Friday, July 26, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Past Twitter Book Club author Natasha Solomons's new novel, The Gallery of Vanished Husbands, will be published in August by Plume.  In the meantime, enjoy the UK version of the cover below (designed by Jim Tierney) and check out some of her other titles here.

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Book Cover of the Week: Elie Wiesel

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives (Steven T. Katz and Alan Rosen, eds.), published by Indiana University Press in May, explores the various aspects of Wiesel's multifacted career, including his texts on "the Bible, the Talmud, and Hasidism as well as his literary works, his teaching, and his testimony." We asked Janet Rabinowitch, former director of IU Press, to share the backstory behind the painting on the book's cover: 

Artist Mark Podwal’s jacket painting depicts works by Elie Wiesel. The works illustrated, as described by Podwal, are, from left to right and row by row: One Generation After (a story about a watch belonging to EW that was buried in Sighet); The Oath (about a burned shtetl); The Jews of Silence (Russian Jewry); Souls on Fire (Rabbi Nachman’s chair); King Solomon and His Magic Ring (a pomegranate, based on one of Podwal’s illustrations for an edition of this work); Ani Maamin (a shofar, since one of the 10 reasons the shofar is sounded is that one day it will sound when the Messiah comes); A Beggar in Jerusalem; Night; Messengers of God (a Torah); The Golem (Prague’s Altneuschul); and A Passover Haggadah.. The original painting was commissioned by Chapman University as a gift to Elie Wiesel. It hangs framed in his home.


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Book Cover of the Week: La Famille Middlestein

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | Permalink
Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

A little foreign edition book cover love today. Presenting the French cover of Jami Attenberg's The Middlesteins:



Find book club discussion questions for The Middlsteins and Jami's blog posts for the Visiting Scribe here.

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