Monday, February 23, 2009

Books worth it for their covers

From The Guardian Books Blog on Book Covers, I was referred to the AbeBooks promotion 30 Novels Worth Buying for the Cover Alone. Containing some picks I'd definitely concur with-- Pickle Me This faves Skim, The Monsters of Templeton, The Boys in the Trees, and Fruit. And so inspiring me to showcase the most gorgeous book I've read in ages (albeit not a novel): the McSweeney's edition of Michael Chabon's Maps and Legends. The "dust jacket" actually constructed of three different panels, so that the multiple dimensions aren't just an illusion. It was almost the whole reason I bought the book, and I wouldn't even have been disappointed if the content had not been as brilliant as it was. As it turned out, I was just biblio-spoiled.