Quick Picks from CMCL

January 14, 2014

Blurbs From the Branch: BRRRR

It’s cold out there! Well, maybe not as cold as it has been in the mid-west in recent weeks. Apparently, in Chicago someone put a bottle of room-temperature water outside and it froze in 7 seconds! (There are videos, seriously.) I feel very, very fortunate to not be in the middle of a snow, ice, or freezing-front right now. While warm in your bed, or in front of a fireplace, take a look at some of these books or movies and appreciate the power of nature and the physical and mental strength it can take to withstand elemental perils.

Non-Fiction

thinairInto Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer – Climb into this enthralling account of danger, death, and survival on Mt. Everest.

Pickets and Dead Men, by Bree Loewen – You will laugh at the hilarious – and often shocking – world of a female park ranger in Washington’s Mount Rainer National Park.

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing – Follow Sir Ernest Shackleton on his famous odyssey of exploration through brutal Antarctic waters and ice, and the expedition team’s epic struggle for survival.

One Man’s Wilderness: an Alaskan Odyssey, by Richard Proenneke and Sam Keith - Through journal entries and photographs, Keith pieces together and retells the day-to-day life and reflections of Proenneke’s thirty years of living in the Alaskan wilderness. Truly a reflective and contemplative look at wilderness, nature, solitude, and life.

Fiction

snowchildThe Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey – Based on a Russian fairy tale, this enchanting novel tells the story of couple in Alaska during the 1920’s who long for nothing more than a child to help them through the bitter cold and loneliness of their life on an isolated farmstead. This book was a runner up for the Pulitzer Prize.

Ice Station Zebra, by Alistair MacLean – Submarines! Chilling arctic waters! Thrilling suspense of sabotage and murder!

A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick – Enter the cold, relentless winter of Wisconsin in 1909 and into the chilling depths of a husband and wife’s plans of deceit and seduction.

The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Considered by many to be the best book in the Little House on the Prairie series, this story follows the life-threatening hardships of a family and community during a brutally long winter and the haunting experience of starvation.

And, if you want a quick and entertaining fix, try some of these fun, frosty movies:

marchofthepenguinsNon-Fiction

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2011)
March of the Penguins (2005)
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013)

Fiction

North Face: a True Story (2010)
The Day After Tomorrow (2007)
White Fang (1991)

Stay warm!

Leanna

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