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Book Cover of the Week: Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

This week at the farmers market I marveled at the fresh currants currently in season: spherical crimson and blush-colored jewels on delicate, tiny green vines—as photographed for Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving by Cathy Barrow:

Yes, the book is an excellent resource for any season, but there's something about canning summer fruits at the end of July, isn't there?

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  • Book Cover of the Week: The Language of Paradise

    Friday, July 25, 2014 | Permalink

    Posted by Nat Bernstein

    The microcosm encased within a glass terrarium on the book cover for Barbara Klein Moss's forthcoming novel The Language of Paradise evokes the poignant contradictions of the story it contains: nurtured wilderness, love and estrangement, caged Arcadia, Art, Science, and Theology...

    Caught in her husband's quest for the prelapsarian language in which Adam named all the creatures of the Earth, Sophy Hedge stands at the threshold of the Garden of Eden he has constructed inside a greenhouse, pregnant with their first child. Sophy must choose whether to remain in replicated paradise with her husband or escape to save her child and herself. The Language of Paradise is scheduled for release in April 2015 from W.W. Norton & Co.


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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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