Judging Books By Their Covers

by on March 6th, 2013
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I am a cataloger here at ICPL. As such, I get to see many of the books we have before they ever get put on a shelf. I’ve found myself oooh’ing and ahhh’ing at some of these books—often spending a wee bit too much time fawning over the book before I finish working on its catalog record. This week, here are a few that caught my attention and were hard to put down.

Underwater Dogs



Oh my goodness. Dogs. Underwater. High-resolution. Enough said.

Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream

New biography of actor Dennis Hopper (Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, Speed) written by Tom Folsom. Beautifully grainy cover photo of Hopper holding a film reel, the image itself reminiscent of a film cell.


Heart of Darkness: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Invisible Universe

Black text on a black background rarely catches the eye. But with the glossy text of this book about dark matter in the cosmos? It’s perfect. Come check it out in person.


Restoration Agriculture : Real World Permaculture for Farmers

Perhaps I’m just ready for spring, or to see *any* color on the trees, but the lovely foliage collage against a black, matte background made me long for warmer days. As a bonus, the book jacket was terrifically smooth to the touch, which made it extra hard to put down.

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About Melody Dworak

Melody Dworak
Melody buys books for the second half of the nonfiction Dewey numbers on the 2nd floor. She has recently been bitten by the fiction bug, but loves those historical reference questions regardless. Visit the digital collections she manages at icpl.org/magazines and history.icpl.org.