The Compulsive Reader: Cover Talk: Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler

Monday, May 12, 2014

Cover Talk: Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler

One of the more memorable memoirs I've read in the past year was Aaron Hartzler's brilliant Rapture Practice. You can click over to my review here. In a nutshell: I love Hartzler's voice, his humor, and his curiosity, and his love for his family. I'm very excited that this wonderful memoir is out in paperback this month, and look! Cover update!

The hardcover version, which I think is brilliant:

I really like when covers are bright and have distinct graphic images, and this ticket is perfect. I love how it's torn in half and how the title is arranged. This is quite possibly one of my favorite covers, and I think that as an added bonus, it has some cross-over adult book appeal.

And the new paperback cover:

I like this, but in different ways. It's definitely more cheeky than the hardcover edition, but it stands out and proclaims a message much louder than the original. This memoir is about rebellion, but it's not about rejection, which I think is an important distinction to make. (Also interesting to note is the brand-new subtitle--A True Story About Growing Up Gay in an Evangelical Family.) The new cover seems to want to catch more attention, which I sincerely hope it does--this is such an important book.

So, if you haven't read it, mark May 27th on the calendar! Get it in paperback. Or, if you can't wait (or prefer the ticket cover), just go get it now. It's that good, I promise.


Danielle H. said...

Thanks for the review and updates. I enjoy reading about what's new.

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

I think I like the first cover more, I like the graphic elements :) and it does convey a feeling like it's a ticket for a rehearsal of something.

Irene Jennings said...

I would recommend this book to teens and adults alike, religious and non-religious because it is such a well written journey of faith. Even though Aaron ultimately rejects his parents' version of Christianity, he is never bitter or derisive.
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