It's what makes a wonderland out of Winter.




Uri Shulevitz


In this Caldecott honor book, illustrator and author Shulevitz begins with a humdrum town and a young boys hopes for something special.  He's not disappointed:  small surprises  subtly build upon one another as anticipation turns to the arrival of snow, flake by flake. The transformation that fully captures the fascination and imaginative joy a small child finds in the experience of a natural wonder.




By Orhan Pamuk


A Turkish poet named Ka returns to his homeland after 12 years, looking for a beautiful childhood friend.  But in the Nobel Prize-winning Pamuk's tale, this Proustian search takes a very different turn, as Ka witnesses (and takes part in) the clash of fundamentalist Islam and Western beliefs, while the town he visits disconcertingly gets cut off from the world by a snowfall that won’t cease.



The Children’s Blizzard

By David Laskin


The blizzard of 1888 in the upper Great Plains struck with an almost Biblical deadliness --  it not only killed as many as 500 people,many of them from homesteading European families, but took the lives of scores of children, trapping them as they were walking home from school. The impact was so overwhelming that Western movement of the U.S. was  slowed overnight.  Laskin unfolds the heartbreaking tale through the trials five affected families -- while using the story to illuminate the little-known history of America’s weather-prediction systems.



The Worst Journey in the World

By Apsley Cherry-Garrard


Robert F. Scott’s failed 1910 attempt to be the first man to the South Pole was one of the most audacious, and punishing endeavors of all time.  Apsley Cherry-Garrard was one of the few “lucky” folks who got to join the expedition with the famed explorer. His retrospective account is an indelible portrait of the dangerous -- and oh, so cold! -- Antarctic environment Scott charged into.




Kenneth Lebrecht


In his day job, Lebrecht heads up the physics department at Caltech, but his side gig --  putting together gorgeous books filled with color microphotography of actual snow crystals -- has won him a special kind of fame outside of the laboratory and lecture hall. These beguiling images of nature's fascinating constructs are complemented with literary quotes on the exquisite splendor of snow.


April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.