In Stitches by Anthony Youn. One look at this cover inspires intrigue, if not fascination. Between the title and certain visuals, viewers can ascertain that this is a memoir concerning a medical incident. Yet the design is set up so creatively that even those not normally interested in said memoirs must look twice. The cream and tan color scheme intermixed with bright red provides an appropriately sterile design with bits of pizazz. The Barbie doll torso and arms on either side of a red candy sucker suggests a number of puzzling possibilities. I love the band-aid backdrop for the author’s title, yet another indication of the story’s medical premise. I must admit that the design is somewhat misleading, however—judging by the Barbie body parts, I would have guessed this memoir surrounded a woman’s tale of the body, not a man’s tale of the mouth. Even so, the cover is a success in terms of cleverness and color.
Readers’ Average Rating: B+