Is it really awful to judge a book by its cover? Not when you consider some of the stellar work since 1983 by designers who continually prove that dust jackets are very much required

Bright Lights, Big City

1. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (Designer: Fred Marcellino, 1986)
2. A Million Little Pieces, James Frey (Rodrigo Corral, 2006)
3. Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer (Jonathan Gray, 2002)
4. Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex (Jennifer Carrow, 2005)
5. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton (Chip Kidd, 1990)
6. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware (Chris Ware, 2000)
7. The Wind-up Bird Chronicles, Haruki Murakami (Chip Kidd, 1997)
8. Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld (Allison Saltzman, 2005)
9. August, Judith Rossner (Fred Marcellino, 1983)
10. Oh The Glory Of It All, Sean Wilsey (Non-Format, 2005)
11. Glamorama, Bret Easton Ellis (Chip Kidd, 1998)
12. Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris (Rymn Massand, 1997)
13. The Fuck-Up, Arthur Nersesian (Deklah Polansky, 1997)
14. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (Archie Ferguson, 1995)
15. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (paperback original) (Lorraine Louie, 1984)
16. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (Martha Kennedy, 2001)
17. Hairstyles of the Damned, Joe Meno (Pirate Signal International, 2004)
18. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (Tom Tafuri/One Plus One Studio, 1987)
19. A Wolf at The Table, Augusten Burroughs (Chip Kidd, 2007)
20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling (Mary GrandPré, 1997)
21. Blindness, José Saramago (Claudine Guerguerian, 1998)
22. All The Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy (Chip Kidd, 1992)
23. Geek Love, Katharine Dunn (Chip Kidd, 1989)
24. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon (Michael Ian Kaye, 2003)
25. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Michael Chabon (Will Staehle, 2007)

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