Top 10 Winter Reads

~posted by Andrea G.

During the dark days of winter, few things are as classically cozy as curling up on the couch with a blanket and a good book. If you want to reinforce that winter-y feeling, try reading one of these 10 books that are snowy and cold.

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Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich – On their way back from the funeral of their ex-husband, four ex-wives are stuck in a car during a blizzard and decide to pass time by telling the stories of their lives. Continue reading “Top 10 Winter Reads”

Snowing While Sunny

~posted by Anne C.

You might not think it, but some of the more interesting and challenging questions that come to the Business, Science and Technology desk at the Central Library actually have to do with language. Vagaries in definition, etymology, slang and dialect can be tough to resolve authoritatively, but are also fascinating to explore. Continue reading “Snowing While Sunny”

Cold Weather Music, Part One

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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the boom-box is so delightful…

I’m sure everyone has noticed: It’s getting A LOT colder outside. It’s getting bleaker and bleaker out there, and we’re all of course just trying to stay warm and awake. And as the holiday season sashays its way through our lives once again, Christmas music is everywhere, promising us tidings of good cheer as our light at the end of this very Pacific Northwest tunnel. Continue reading “Cold Weather Music, Part One”

Dark Reads for Dark Winter Days

In many ways, winter is an ideal setting for a story. Stark landscapes of vast white nothingness, silence punctured by the occasional chirp of a bird or a distant train whistle, and the sense of time standing still provide a fitting backdrop for tales of sorrow, solitude, suspense and ennui. Here are five fiction selections where the season and landscape of winter figure prominently in the narrative.

A Reliable Wife  by Robert Goolrich

In rural Wisconsin in the winter 1907, a rich, middle-aged widower awaits the woman who answered his newspaper personals ad to be his new wife. Quiet, austere Catherine Land arrives from Chicago. Not what she seems, long-alone Ralph appears blind to her true intentions. The isolation imposed by winter and geography add to the mystery of this peculiar novel that is reminiscent of Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca. Continue reading “Dark Reads for Dark Winter Days”

A Vitamin D Deficiency Rx: A Little “Light” Reading

As we approach the winter solstice with its abbreviated daylight, many of us in the Pacific Northwest find ourselves in need of a little light therapy. To infuse some much-needed luster into our lives, we’ve compiled an eclectic-and electric-selection of books, music, and videos. Cozy up in a chair and read by the radiant warmth of a fire, in the silvery rays of the sun, or by the incandescent glow of a full-spectrum bulb, and ponder the phenomenon of phosphorescence. And take heart, dear reader, as there is no better season for bibliophiles than winter.

Celebrations of Light: A Year of Holidays Around the World by Nancy Luenn; illustrated by Mark Bender

Author Nancy Luenn enlightens young readers on the role of light in many world cultures’ celebrations, including Candlemas, Bon Matsuri, Diwali, Hanukkah, Luciadagen, and Kwanza.

Eating the Sun : How Plants Power the Planet by Oliver Morton

In this energizing and informative book, Oliver Morton Continue reading “A Vitamin D Deficiency Rx: A Little “Light” Reading”