Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Similar Covers: Dummies + Bird Cage

Here’s another collection I’ve been gathering for a while: books with a dressmaker’s dummy on the cover.

First, the yellowy beige ones: The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker, Floor Sample by Julia Cameron and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving...

Next, the more colourful ones: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, The Thoughtful Dresser by Linda Grant and Self-Help by Lorrie Moore...

And finally, a matching twosome: De water methode man (the Dutch translation of The Water-Method Man) by John Irving and Die Eisheilige (The Spring Snow Storm) by Susanne Mischke (a German writer whose books don’t seem to have been translated into English).

Interestingly enough, Die Eisheilige has been published with another cover, which also has a lookalike: A Doll’s House: York Notes by Henrik Ibsen.

I can’t say I’m particularly drawn to any of these covers, though I did enjoy The Little Giant of Aberdeen County (read my review)!


  1. That is one lovely birdcage. I can see why that photo is used so much. The dress form though? I haven't a clue!

  2. I find it very strange that similar covers are used so often. I wonder what an author thinks, if they find similar book covers.

  3. I don't think any of those covers are great either.

  4. I think the ones with the manequins are odd, but I love the covers with bird cages....I STILL need to read Little Giant...

  5. I didn't realize how many of those dress dummies were on covers until now! Geesh!

  6. Oh, no! Not The Little Giant. . . .