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Wintery Reads to Keep You Cool

It’s been so hot lately winter weather sounds good. While these books won’t make you reach for your mittens, they will give you an imaginary chill. So grab a cup of cocoa and settle down in the A/C. Brrrrr.

Cold People by Tom Rob Smith

A suspenseful and fast-paced novel about an Antarctic colony of global apocalypse survivors seeking to reinvent civilization under the most extreme conditions imaginable.

A recounting of Dutch polar explorer William Barents’ three harrowing Arctic expeditions—the last of which resulted in a relentlessly challenging year-long fight for survival.

Snow by John Banville

The sinister and unnerving Snow has all the trimmings of a classic country house mystery - body in the library, closed circle of suspects, foul weather - all elevated by Banville's immaculate, penetrating prose.

Chill: The Cold Water Swim Cure by Mark Harper, MD. PhD.

In Chill, expert anesthetist and researcher Dr. Mark Harper delivers long-awaited evidence that cold-water swimming can, in fact, achieve powerful, tangible health benefits.

Snow Road Station by Elizabeth Hay

In the winter of 2008, as snow falls without interruption, an actor in a Beckett play blanks on her lines. Fleeing the theater, she beats a retreat into her past and arrives at Snow Road Station, a barely discernible dot on the map of Ontario.

The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

In 1937 in the snowbound city of Kyiv, wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son--but Hitler's invasion of Ukraine and Russia sends her on a different path.

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Set in South Dakota, Winter Counts is a tour-de-force of crime fiction, a bracingly honest look at a long-ignored part of American life, and a twisting, turning story that’s as deeply rendered as it is thrilling.

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