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My English birthday being next Shabbos, my husband has been on a book-present buying spree. He gave me three of them last night, largely because they're "extras" and came in the same Amazon box. He has a main present he's keeping hidden and secret.

So. One is Shreibman's The Science and Fiction of Autism. One is Levitt and Dubner's Freakonomics ("I was waiting for the paperback!" "It's a bestseller still. You might wait years.")

The last is the latest Ann Coulter. Yeah, I know, but yelling at books can be fun.

And who ever designed the cover? Hates her.

How can I tell?

Her photograph shows dark roots. And there's no reason for that except hate - assuming that she even showed up without a touch-up, it's too easy to adjust the color later.

Unless, of course, they *did* adjust the color. The wrong way...

I'm just wondering why she or her publisher let that pass.


Hm. Maybe the shot's supposed to let us know that even her hair color is a lie.

I've heard from many writers, both fiction and non, that they have no say over the cover design. The publisher designs the cover to sell books. If showing her roots makes more people stop a second and look at it, they'll use it.

Look at the Bujold cover paintings, that have little to do with the content of the book. E.g., what is Drou wearing on the cover of Barrayar? And Highly Parallel Computers, by Alan Gottlieb, has... a fence. A long fence, stretching into the distance. Lots of parallel vertical stakes, get it? He thought it was pretty stupid.

I enjoyed Freakonomics. Not many people understand how economics can be used in the "real world". It showed ways on how economic principles can be used to explain everyday occurrences. The book also has some very interesting conclusions.

Oh, it did. It very much did. :)

I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts on The Science and Fiction of Autism. Any chance of a review or reaction when you've read it?

There's a pretty good one.

I don't talk about it much, but my oldest brother (he turned fifty a couple of weeks ago) is severely autistic.