Fiction

Cover Face-Off: HAUSFRAU by Jill Alexander Essbaum

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Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum was one of the books that I read knowing nothing about it–back when I was only a Book Riot reader–thanks to two Rioters. The cover called to me in Rebecca’s Inbox/Outbox post because it reminded me of ceramic flowers in my grandmother’s house growing up and Rachel Smalter Hall posted in Peek Over Our Shoulders that she was reading it “because I like my protagonists a little dark and disturbed.” AND SOLD. I downloaded the ebook, which at the time had the same cover as the hardback, and devoured the book. Now the paperback is set to release on August 4, 2015 with new cover art. I have lots of thoughts. Opinions, really. But there’s some vague saying I think about not having something nice to say… So I’m just going to leave this here and wait for all your thoughts. Which do you like better? If you were blindly picking a book based on cover which would you read?

*Walks away shaking head at comp titles*

Hardcover:

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Paperback:

Hausfrau Jill Alexander Essbaum Paperback