6 PRH Titles Snag a Highly-Coveted Spot on the 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2022 List


Who says you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover? As cover art is a critical component of any book, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a professional association for design, recently announced the results of the AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2022 competition. The association states “with 487 book and cover design entries from 27 countries, this year’s competition recognizes and showcases excellence in book design from around the world.”  

Congratulations to the six Penguin Random House titles that were recognized. 

A NOVEL OBSESSION by Caitlyn Barasch (Dutton) 

This riveting debut novel follows a bookseller whose casual Instagram stalking morphs into a friendship under false pretenses. A juror comments “A perfect concept cover for a novel about a budding novelist infatuated with her boyfriend’s ex who works in the literary world.” 

FIRST GENERATION by Frankie Gaw (Ten Speed Press) 

In his cookbook, Gaw explores his identity as a Taiwanese American through a collection of family recipes that have been passed down for generations. The juror says “There was a real focus on diasporic cooking this year among the cookbook entries. This one stood out for its typography and more straightforward food photography, which seemed appropriate for the subject matter.” 

HOW TO LIVE WITH OBJECTS by Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer (Clarkson Potter) 

A thoughtful guide to home design championing for a new approach to interiors—simply surrounding yourself with objects you love. One juror says “This starts with a strong cover that dives into its subject matter with a nice array of eccentric things silhouetted to bring out their objectness.” Another juror states “The perfect enduring tome to this tastemaking site—the silhouetting allows a lively dialogue between these iconic and unusual pieces and the environments they populate.” 

STRANGERS I KNOW by Claudia Durastanti (Riverhead Books) 

Lyrically and original, this coming of age novel follows a daughter navigating her family mythology. A juror writes “10/10. Expert choice of type, imagery, and color—it only made me want to know more about what this novel was about.” 

THRUST by Lidia Yuknovitch (Riverhead Books) 

An imaginative piece by Yuknovitch about a girl with the gifts of a “carrier” travels through water and time to rescue vulnerable figures from the margins of history. The juror writes “Riding your way back from the future, on a tortoise. Seems like an appropriate image for Yuknavitch’s novel.” 

VINO by Joe Campanale and Joshua David Stein (Clarkson Potter) 

Acclaimed Italian wine expert, sommelier, winemaker, and restaurateur, Joe Campanale presents a comprehensive guide that is as transportive as it is deeply educational. One juror commented “Crisp, beautiful, elegant—like its subject matter. Really an encyclopedia on Italian wine.” 

Posted: July 11, 2023