Cover for Cormac McCarthy — The Road (Designed by David Pearson)

There’s a whole series of these covers designed for McCarthy’s books, which highlight a single critical blurb and make it one with the cover. This design probably wouldn’t work with all authors, but because McCarthy already writes in such a sparse, poetically minimalist way, these covers fit perfectly. I highlighted the one from The Road because the critic’s review makes it sound particularly gripping and unconventional (which it is). I also love that the cited newspaper is just called “The Times,” because, really do you care which “Times” it is? It fits perfectly with McCarthy, who tends to name a lot of his characters things like “the Man,” “the Kid,” and “the Judge.”