Book Review: Books in Cold Places

Winter is back (or maybe it never left?), which makes for great reading weather.  If you still have the winter spirit, curl up with one of Program and Outreach Manager Hannah’s favorite books that take place in cold places:

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

A city inhabited by only the recently deceased, an Anarctic research station, a doomed population. Everything is connected, and the story will linger in your thoughts long after.

Everland by Rebecca Hunt 

In 1913, three men set out on the first exploration of the Antarctic island of Everland, in what will become a famous and doomed mission. One hundred years later a second expedition is launched- with eerie and unsettling similarities. What really happened to the first mission? And is history doomed to repeat itself?

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

Icecaps are melting and the world prepares for the coldest winter on record. Dylan moves to Northern Scotland to a trailer his mother has willed him, and falls in love with his neighbors and the land. But the plot is secondary to the writing and the strength of the characters who you won’t be able to get off your mind.

Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

A secretive society of writers, a sudden disappearance of a beloved children’s author, a mysterious and sinister pastime known only as “The Game”- all that and a whole lot of fun besides.

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson

Usually Moomins hibernate all winter long, but this year Moomintroll wakes up early.  The most magical of winter stories.

Cold Earth by Sarah Moss

A team of archaeologists in Greenland loses contact with the outside world. As they struggle to survive the oncoming winter, they are also faced with ghosts from a Viking settlement that may or may not be real. Gripping and eerie.

Bellweather Rhapsody / Kate Racculia

A locked room mystery that takes place during a high school music festival in a hotel with some very infamous history that might be repeating itself. A clever, fun, and heartwarming murder mystery.

 

 

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