There's that advice we have all heard: Don't judge a book by its cover. I would add another: Don't believe the blurbs. Right? How many times have you picked up a book, looked at the cover art, then read the back blurb and made a decision about whether to check the book out of the library, to buy it, to read it? I've done it countless times. As a writer, I'm supposed to know better but still, I find that I put a lot of weight into the way the covers resonate for me.
, Adina Rishe Gerwitz's debut novel, got me with its gorgeous cover art. The title is formed into a house, which then sits on a hill in front of a "zebra" forest – of black, grey and white birch trees. Very cool. And the blurb on the back – I won't quote it in its entirety but here is a bit: "This deeply compelling, emotionally evocative, and grippingly suspenseful look at the...
Beyond the Book
In Zebra Forest
, Annie and Rew love the book Treasure Island
. Rich with symbols, the story allows the kids to create their own adventures in the woods behind their home.
Writer and critic Gilbert Keith Chesterton wrote of Robert Louis Stevenson in his 1902 publication Twelve Types: A Collection of Mini-Biographies
"... he had to make one story as rich as a ruby sunset, another as grey as a hoary monolith: for the story was the soul, or rather the meaning, of the bodily vision. It is quite inappropriate to judge 'The Teller of Tales' (as the Samoans called him) by the particular novels he wrote…These novels were only the two or three of his soul's adventures that he happened to tell. But he died with a thousand stories in...