• Image about simon-garfield-author-americanway
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
By Simon Garfield
(Gotham, $28)

In this feisty, fun paean to the printed word, author Simon Garfield says that when Steve Jobs provided a range of newly invented typefaces on the first Macintosh, it caused “a seismic shift in our everyday relationship with letters.” Fonts, Garfield contends, have meaning: In a chapter on the world’s worst, he cheekily claims Trajan — used “on the posters of more bad films than any other font” — elicits memories of “grueling evenings with Russell Crowe.” Heavily illustrated and appropriately typeset, Just My Type promises to bolster the ranks of obsessive font fans who have signed an Internet petition to ban Comic Sans.