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All Things Chilly

Here's our list of frigid titles ... freezing cold, but very fun: Arctic adventure, wintry tales, and snow-swept mystery. Ursula K. LeGuin's planet known as Winter, Jack London's wolf-dog, tamed by exposure to civilization, Henning Mankell's obsessive detective, Kurt Wallander ... there's something here for everyone! 

Dan Simmons
Greeted with excited critical praise, this extraordinary novel-inspired by the true story of two ice ships that disappeared in the Arctic Circle during an 1845 expedition-swells with the heart-stopping suspense and heroic adventure.
Craig Thompson
Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.
Ursula K. Le Guin
When the human ambassador Genly Ai is sent to Gethen, the planet known as Winter by those outsiders who have experienced its arctic climate, he thinks that his mission will be a standard one of making peace between warring factions. Instead the ambassador finds himself wildly unprepared.
David Roberts
This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.
Arnaldur Indridason
The Reykjavik police are called on an icy January day to a garden where a body has been found: a young boy is frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. The police embark on their investigation and soon unearth tensions simmering beneath the surface of Iceland’s outwardly liberal, multicultural society.
Stephen King
The Shining stands as a cultural icon of modern horror, a searing study of a family torn apart, and a nightmarish glimpse into the dark recesses of human weakness and dementia.
Jack London
"London is in and committed to his creations to a degree very nearly unparalleled in the composition of fiction." -James Dickey
Rick Moody
The year is 1973. As a freak winter storm bears down on an exclusive, affluent suburb in Connecticut, cark skid out of control, men and women swap partners, and their children experiment with sex, drugs, and even suicide.
Alec Wilkinson
In 1897, at the height of the heroic age of Arctic exploration, the visionary Swedish explorer S. A. Andrée made a revolutionary attempt to discover the North Pole by flying over it in a hydrogen balloon. Thirty-three years later, his expedition diaries and papers would be discovered on the ice.
Edward J. Larson
Published to coincide with the centenary of the first expeditions to reach the South Pole, An Empire of Ice presents a fascinating new take on Antarctic exploration. Retold with added information, it's the first book to place the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context.


Barry Lopez
Jon Krakauer
Eowyn Ivey
Richard Pierce
Henning Mankell
Peter Hoeg
Mark Helprin
Nancy Mitford
Dan Simmons