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TTT: Butterfly Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by the Broke and the Bookish.  Today’s meme is Cover Story.  My theme is butterfly covers.  What is the symbolic meaning of butterflies?  It is widely viewed as a symbol of personal transformation, freedom from previous struggles, renewal and hope (according to reference.com.) The black butterfly is often viewed as a symbol of bad luck and in some cultures, a harbinger of death.  In some cultures, the butterfly is seen as the personification of a person’s soul, whether they are alive, dying or dead.  Can you think of any other book covers with butterflies on the cover?

  1.  Still Alice by Lisa Genova – a novel about a woman who develops early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
  2. Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey – a quirky and witty novel about a translator who travels to Brazil to find the writer whose work she translates, who has mysteriously disappeared.  Emma, the translator, undergoes a transformation herself during this process. 
  3. In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez – Set during the Trujillo dictatorship, this novel tells the story of the Mirabal sisters (the butterflies), three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.
  4. Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen – a book about the change in a woman’s life after muttering a couple of forbidden words on air on one of the country’s highest rated morning talk shows.
  5. The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman -a small town librarian is struck by lighting and her boring life immediately become more exciting.
  6. Emma by Jane Austen – a timeless comedy of manners set in Regency England.  Emma, determined to arrange marriages for her friends while avoiding one for herself, finally meets her match in Mr. Knightley.
  7. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque – Paul is a German soldier on the Western Front who confronts the death of his friends, his enemies, as well as a previous way of life and life view. 
  8. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allen Poe – a short detective story that uses rational thought to solve a crime.
  9. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris – A killer is on the loose and being investigated by a rookie.  The only man who can help is locked away in an asylum.  He is willing to aid the investigation if it will help him escape.
  10. Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah – Two sisters learn the truth about their mother’s past as their father lies on his deathbed, changing their feelings about their own identity.