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10 Arctic Reads to Cool Off with During the Dog Days of Summer

Alice Martin is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Rutgers University, where she obsesses over nineteenth-century women writers, the history of the publishing industry, and writing practices. She’s also a regular contributor to Shelf Awareness and a freelance writer and editor. Her writing has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Appalachian Heritage, and Sixfold among other publications. You can find her talking about books, food, and basketball (in that order) on Twitter @AliceJeanMartin.

Tired of hazy sidewalks, sticky skin, and 100-degree days? Us, too. That’s why this weekend we’re staying in with a cold glass of water and cooling off with these excellent arctic reads. Wonderous, refreshing, breathtaking, and chilly, these stories are preoccupied by the sublime, the distant, the mysterious, and the icy. With the air conditioner on full blast, a breeze on your neck, and one of these books in your hand, you’ll almost be able to taste the snow.


The Great Alone
by Kristin Hannah

From the beloved author of THE NIGHTINGALE comes another story of the invisible wounds war leaves behind and the resiliency it takes to recover. A Vietnam veteran named Ernt moves to a remote region of Alaska with his wife and thirteen-year-old daughter in hopes of building a better future for his family. But as winter descends on their lonely cabin and Ernt’s mental state worsens, his wife and daughter realize they must survive the winter together without him.

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The Great Alone
Kristin Hannah

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By Alice Martin | August 22, 2019

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My Last Continent
by Midge Raymond

In MY LAST CONTINENT, two star-crossed lovers must find each other, against all odds, in one of the most dangerous places in the world. Deb and Keller rekindle their fragile romance for a few weeks every year while working as guides and researchers in Antarctica. This year, when Keller doesn’t arrive, Deb discovers he is on a cruise ship that has hit deadly waters, and it’s up to her to save him. Atmospheric, adventurous, and original, this debut will excite and awe its readers.

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My Last Continent
Midge Raymond

An unforgettable love story that pulls readers deep into one of the most remote places on the planet. Deb and Keller are researchers with a complicated history who spend a few weeks each year studying penguins in the Antarctic. When Deb discovers Keller is trapped aboard a sinking cruise liner, her role changes from researcher to rescuer as she sets out to save him.

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Misery
by Stephen King

In this all-time Stephen King classic, bestselling romance author Paul Sheldon finds himself trapped in an isolated home after a terrible accident. Watching over him is Annie Wilkes, a rabid fan of his, who is distraught that he killed off a beloved protagonist in his latest novel. She is determined to make Paul write a new novel that brings her favorite character back to life, and she’ll use whatever violent means necessary.

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Misery
Stephen King

When novelist Paul Sheldon is in a terrible car crash on a wintry night, he is rescued by nurse Annie Wilkes, who just happens to be his biggest fan. But when his latest novel isn't to Wilkes's liking, Sheldon becomes prisoner to her violent temper. The novel is gripping and nightmarish and the 1990 film features Kathy Bates at her creepy, demented best.

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Girl in Snow
by Danya Kukafka

Danya Kukafka’s debut novel explores the mysterious death of an idealized high school girl through the perspectives of three people drawn into her orbit: a young boy who’s been obsessed with her for years, a smart but bitter outcast whose envy has reached a new peak, and the investigating police officer who has secrets of his own. With crystalline prose and razor-sharp character insights, GIRL IN SNOW will delight fans of the literary thriller.

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Girl in Snow
Danya Kukafka

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1222
by Anne Holt

The latest installment in a bestselling crime series starring female inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen, 1222 is a thrilling mystery that takes place in snowstorm-swept Norway. After her train derails, Hanne and her fellow passengers are trapped with no hope of rescue in a historic luxury hotel. But when one of the passengers turns up dead and another barricades themselves in the hotel’s top floor to avoid recognition, Hanne knows it’s up to her to act before the murderer strikes again.

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1222
Anne Holt

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In the Midst of Winter
by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende is back with a dazzling love story, sparked in a wintery Brooklyn, that leads back to the recent past of 1970s Chile and Brazil. Sixty-year-old human rights scholar Richard and his 62-year-old tenant Lucia develop feelings for each other while attempting to help Evelyn, a young undocumented Guatemalan immigrant. The epic that unfolds displays the trademark scope and storytelling that has made Allende an essential writer of our era.

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In the Midst of Winter
Isabel Allende

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The Mountain Between Us
by Charles Martin

Before it was a major motion picture, THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US was a tender, powerful novel that explores the impact one life-changing and life-threatening experience can have on two seemingly disparate people. Ashley, en route to her wedding, and Ben, a doctor on his way to perform a series of surgeries, find themselves trapped in the deadly High Uintas Wilderness after their charter plane crashes. Together they must mend both their physical and emotional wounds to return to civilization alive.

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The Mountain Between Us
Charles Martin

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The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey

Lyrical, mystical, and enchanting, THE SNOW CHILD offers a contemporary fairy tale about an isolated couple’s attempt to connect with a mysterious orphan girl, Faina, who resides in the woods behind their Alaskan home. In 1920s Alaska, Jack and Mabel work hard to survive brutal winters in this beautiful but lonely landscape. As they get to know and love Faina, they learn what it really takes to survive both this place and the wider world that, at times, can be as equally brutal and lonely.

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The Snow Child
Eowyn Ivey

For fans of “Once Upon a Time”

If you’re over the age of 11 and still obsess over fairy tales, odds are you’re a loyal viewer of “Once Upon a Time.” In between episodes, you’ll love Eowyn Ivey’s retelling of a classic Russian fairy tale. During the season’s first snowfall, a childless couple builds a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone—and they glimpse a young girl running through the trees. As with all fairy tales, however, things aren’t always what they appear.

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The Bear and the Nightingale
by Katherine Arden

In this debut novel, Vasya, a young girl on the edges of the Russian wilderness, is raised by a nurse who delights her with stories of snow demons and winter creatures. When her new, strictly devout stepmother insists these stories stop, dark and dangerous forces begin to threaten the nearby village. Vasya realizes that she and her long-hidden gifts may be the only things that can stop them. Spellbinding and breathless, THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE reveals how the stories we tell ourselves are much more than just stories.

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The Bear and the Nightingale
Katherine Arden

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Us Against You
by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman, the author of A MAN CALLED OVE, returns with an underdog story that digs deep into questions of community and rivalry. Beartown, a small town carved into a harsh environment, doesn’t have much to brag about except their long-successful hockey team. But in recent years, the team has deteriorated. Now, as a few unlikely remaining players fight to regain their reputation, the community is left wondering what they are willing to risk—or, even, lose—in order to win.

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Us Against You
Fredrik Backman

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