Penguin 75. As the old adage says, don’t judge a book by its cover. But when it comes to the standout jacket art in Penguin’s compendium of eye-catching covers, I can’t help it. In honor of the publishing house’s 75th anniversary, Penguin’s creative director chose covers and illicited commentary from artists that have created memorable images for books.
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs. It’s an overstuffed anthology of essays, cartoons, reported pieces and poems that includes work by everyone from Roald Dahl and Jules Feiffer through Susan Orlean and Roz Chast. Malcolm Gladwell’s introduction is far better than it had to be. About other pet owners’ barking dogs, Mr. Gladwell asks, “Who am I to judge an animal with no other meaningful outlet of self-expression?”
My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop. In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookshops and booksellers, 84 known authors pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes.