Book Covers

Via Broadsheet, I recently read an interesting article by Karen Heller about the covers of books for women, and how they tend to feature “disjointed body parts” — backs, arms, legs, feet — without faces.

The thinking, or so I imagine, is that readers will look at these women’s body parts or backs and identify. “Why that’s me!” or “That looks just like my old friend Susie!” In other words, they think we’re stupid.

Those kinds of covers are usually a turn-off for me, but out of curiosity I turned to my trusty GoodReads to find the best and worst covers of books I’ve read lately.

A Novel Ian McEwan’s Atonement features an entire little girl sitting on some steps.
Little Children The cover of Tom Perrotta’s Little Children catches your eye immediately.
The Monsters of Templeton The Monsters of Templeton initially had a lovely embossed silhouette cover…
… but the next printing featured — the back of a woman’s head.
On Chesil Beach McEwan’s On Chesil Beach features an unidentifiable woman. It’s a horrible book, so go figure…
A Novel Another silhouette cover — this is probably my favorite of all the books I’ve read in 2007-2008!

One Response

  1. I loved The Chess Machine! Why is no one talking about this book?! Or …. what am I missing?

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