The Clothing of Books
I really love Lahiri's work. I recommended this one to Carly on WSIRN episode 119 (where I tell a story about taking the jackets off my books and how readers of Instagram insisted I read this one). Lahiri is probably best known for Interpreter of Maladies (our February Book Club flight pick) or The Namesake. But she's also written really interesting works of nonfiction, like this short book, a reflection on the art of the book jacket, which is something you have to be a serious book nerd to want to read. But if you are a serious book nerd, you'll be thinking, where has this little volume been all my life?
How do you clothe a book?
In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer. Probing the complex relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce, Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform; explains what book jackets and design have come to mean to her; and how, sometimes, “the covers become a part of me.”