At Cover Books, the tomes themselves are works of art

The shop also sells artist zines and niche-interest publications
Cover Books
Photograph by Andrea Fremiotti

Katie Barringer says it’s okay to judge her books by their gorgeous covers—just don’t leave without leafing through a few first. The 32-year-old owner of the recently opened Cover Books curates volumes on art, food, and fashion, but also views the tomes themselves as art. “As a student, I couldn’t afford to buy art, but I could afford books. So they were my starter collection,” says the Pratt Institute alum. At the loft-like store, you’ll find limited-edition artist zines and niche-interest pubs (Four&Sons, Monocle), plus bookends and stationery. All line shelving designed at the Goat Farm, while an antique accordion-base table serves as a conversation piece—not that you’ll be in need of any topics. 1031 Marietta Street

Barringer’s must-have new books

Cover Books
Mina Stone: Cooking for Artists

Kiito-San, March 2015
“My friend Mina’s magnetic personality shines through in this collection of recipes, touted by art and food critics alike.”

Cover Books
Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus

David Zwirner Books, April 2016
“An ode to one of my favorite artists, this is the most extensive catalog of his work to date.”

Cover Books
Helmut Newton: Pages from the Glossies

Taschen, December 2015
“Find the best magazine work of fashion photographer Helmut Newton, with tons of iconic images.”

Photography credits: Pettibon: Courtesy of David Zwirner Books; Newton and Stone: Caroline C. Kilgore

This article originally appeared in our February 2016 issue under the headline “Fine Print.”