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Media: Parade Magazine—"Judge a Book By Its Cover."

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

Feb 21, 2021 Sunday Parade Feature

Read all about it here: —Megan O’Neill Melle

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"Judge a Book BY ITS COVER"

What can you tell about a book based on its cover? “A lot,” says Izzard Ink publisher, Tim McConnehey “Whether they’re conscious of it or not, readers of certain genres are drawn to books with the same visual themes.”

So designers often ensure the cover of a new book is in line with other bestsellers. Here are a few examples coming this spring.

Literary Fiction: In The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano (April 6, Pamela Dorman Books) by Donna Freitas, a woman grappling with motherhood explores nine different outcomes, each “what if” slightly different and illustrated by the cover’s nine misaligned florals. $26

Historical Fiction: The cover of Patti Callahan’s Surviving Savannah (March 9, Berkley), about the sinking of the “Titanic of the South,” captures the time period and, with the heroine’s back to the reader, suggests we’ll be witness to the trials she faces. $26

Thriller: Using an enigmatic woman in the window, Sally Hepworth’s The Good Sister (April 13, St. Martin’s), about sibling rivalry and madness lurking where you least expect it, builds tension and mystery. $28


About the Book

Patti Callahan

March 9, 2021

It was called "The Titanic of the South." The luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah's elite on board; through time, their fates were forgotten--until the wreck was found, and now their story is finally being told in this breathtaking novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis.

When Savannah history professor Everly Winthrop is asked to guest-curate a new museum collection focusing on artifacts recovered from the steamship Pulaski, she's shocked. The ship sank after a boiler explosion in 1838, and the wreckage was just discovered, 180 years later. Everly can't resist the opportunity to try to solve some of the mysteries and myths surrounding the devastating night of its sinking.

Everly's research leads her to the astounding history of a family of eleven who boarded the Pulaski together, and the extraordinary stories of two women from this family: a known survivor, Augusta Longstreet, and her niece, Lilly Forsyth, who was never found, along with her child. These aristocratic women were part of Savannah's society, but when the ship exploded, each was faced with difficult and heartbreaking decisions. This is a moving and powerful exploration of what women will do to endure in the face of tragedy, the role fate plays, and the myriad ways we survive the surviving.

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