Here it is, for your eyes only, the cover of Homeward Bound! The illustration is by the ultra-talented Julia Rothman. You can see her work adorning everything from Anthropologie tea towels to Crate & Barrel tea pots to the covers of baking cookbooks, and she has also produced, among many other things, an irresistibly charming illustrated guide to farm life. So she’s kind of an appropriate illustrator for my book cover, right?
You’ll notice that the subtitle has changed, from “The New Cult of Domesticity” to “Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity.” At first I was hesitant to have the word “women” in the title at all. Even though the book looks at domesticity from a women’s history/women’s issues angle, I didn’t want to exclude men, since there are plenty in the book, and since New Domesticity is in no way a woman-only phenomenon. But I do think the new subtitle reflects the book’s main aim, which is to look at how women’s relationship to domesticity has evolved over the years (part of the evolution, of course, has been that domesticity is no longer seen as “just a woman’s thing”). Men – please don’t let this wording scare you off reading the book!
Anyway, huge thanks to Rothman and to all the designers who made this cover happen! Now it’s just a few short months to publication: we’re already in Amazon pre-order.