Month: September 2015

{Their Eyes Were Watching God} Cover Redesign

In the years since this book was published, there have been quite a few iterations of the cover design. None of which have been terrible, but I figured it’d be a fun redesign none-the-less. This design was inspired by the reoccurring theme of the pear tree (among others). Early on in the story the young protagonist, Janie, sits beneath a pear tree and ponders life and love. All in one, the tree symbolizes her memories, hopes, and the blossoming of her dreams. And then throughout the story Hurston uses the pear tree, and others, as symbols of Janie’s life… “Janie saw her life like a a great tree.” So, here it is…   Title Font: Hitalica Caption Font: Georgia Pear Illustration: “The Beurre Diel Pear” Augusta Innes Withers, Hand-colored Engraving  

…Were Watching Love

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. Although the vernacular was hard to read through at times (just slowed things down a bit), I thought the pacing was well done (her use of time pulls you through the story… 25+ years in less than 200 pages) and her writing style was captivating. After reading the last page, I went back and read the first two paragraphs: “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by the Time. That is the life of men. Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.” Rereading this intro gave the book a clarity for me. It’s as though Hurston puts the thesis of protagonist …

All the Parts

Their Eyes Were Watching God was a profoundly communicative summation of parts that created a rhythmic narrative of the many lives of Janie.  Janie, herself, is certainly a workhorse character embodying many lives. Each of her lives served a distinct purpose to describe the struggles of mankind (man or woman, black or white) – the struggles of balancing the innate desire to stand alone, free, and independent with the crushing need for love and the struggles of defining community and oneself within community. Zora Neale Hurston created Janie as a heroine for the African American woman. While their eyes were watching God, Janie’s were strictly focused on determining her own path. As complicated as the many lives of Janie were the decidedly varied narrative techniques. Oscillating between vernacular speech and highly rhetorical narration, Zora Neale Hurston’s diverse writing style helps define Janie’s loves and lives.  Janie moves from a stifled relationship with Jody wherein she does not speak rather is spoken for to her verbose, solid relationship with Tea Cake.  The intercut use of Southern …

Print Books for the Win!

The argument goes on and on, and on… e-book vs. print book, which will come out on top? Well, it seems the easiest answer is: to each their own. But according to the New York Times the competition has taken an unexpected turn. As they say in a recent article The Plot Twist, “… the digital apocalypse never arrived, or at least not on schedule. While analysts once predicted that e-books would overtake print by 2015, digital sales have instead slowed sharply.” Readers are becoming hybrids, purchasing both print books and e-books. And this is creating a resurgence of brick-and-mortar bookstores and more competition for Amazon and e-readers. It’s probably too soon to tell, but print books are putting up a bigger fight than most predicted (not us, we knew books weren’t going anywhere). So only time will tell, but our prediction is that the unique charm and magic of hardcovers and paperbacks will keep them around for future generations (it’s not like you can read a children’s book to a 2-year-old on a kindle or …

ROOM on the Big Screen

Did you hear?! The bestseller ROOM is coming to the big screen this Fall. This movie looks like it hosts some great acting talent (Brie Larson is amazingly talented) and has a lot of potential. Author Emma Donoghue talks on her blog “Emma’s Corner” about the interesting journey she took in making this movie and how she avoided the Hollywood pitfalls and had an amazing time making this movie. The teaser trailer… The latest behind-the-scenes look….