A book isn’t always about the contents of its pages. Sometimes, even though we aren’t supposed to, we love a book just because the package it come in speaks to us in a certain way (quietly, we hope, if we’re in public). Here are some of the LitStack writers’ favorite books by cover.


The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

I chose this one partially because it looks totally vintage and cool, and partially because it actually is totally vintage and cool. This edition is from 1928 (the novel was originally published in ’27), and, though it isn’t particularly rare, valuable, or special from a collector’s point of view, it just happens to be one of those awesome, dusty bookstore purchases I’ll always be glad I made. Added bonuses: some sweet illustrations peppered throughout, and an inside cover inscription made out to Miss Caine, from her kindergarten class — dated 1928.
– Sam Spokony

5 thoughts on “LitStaff Picks: Our Favorite Book Covers”

  1. Totally cool idea…sometimes I enjoy the covers far more than the book! Bridge of San Louis Rey always a favorite content-wise. Thanks, Sam, for bringing it back to me with this "cover story!" Well done!

  2. A favorite of mine has always been The Monsters of Templeton cover. I don't know why but it just makes me sit down and study it every time I come across the book.

  3. At one time I read every novel Thornton Wilder ever wrote and loved them all. The Bridge of San Luis Rey struck me as the most compassionate novel I ever read.

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