The New York Times has revealed the Best Book Covers of 2015. Matt Dorfman, the magazine’s artistic director, has selected 12 books chosen for their ability to “lure in” the reader, “by posing questions that I don’t want to ignore.”

“Books and their covers are confronting their own awkward questions of relevance and value in the escalating competition for attention against screens the size of Jumbotrons (or, conversely, wristwatches),” explains Dorfman. “To see publishers answer this concern with the craft, sophistication and pictorial wit that go into an increasing number of book covers each year reinforces the certainty that one of our oldest technologies remains one of our most perfect.”

Satin Island by John McCarthy

The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector

KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann

Making Nice by Matt Sumell

Everything that rises must converge by Flannery O'Connor

Trans: A memoir by Juliet Jacques

The Liars Club by Mary Karr

Witches of America by Alex Mar

Voices in the Night by Steven Millhauser

Imperioum by Christian Kracht

The librarian by Mikhali Elizarov

The Musical Brain by Cesar Aira

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector