Cold, Colder, Coldest
Enter my obsession over books about Antarctica. I don't know that I'll ever get to visit there, but I do love to read about it, both in fiction and nonfiction. While there is a vast body of literature about Antarctic explorers such as Amundsen, Shackleton, and Scott, my reading about the cold continent tends to be about modern folks--scientists and other curious types--who have recorded their time there and are often studying the (few) animals that live there, along with other studies including climate change, the earth's history, and even the possibilities of life on Mars. I've also been particularly interested in women's stories of Antarctic travel, since, as short as our human history has been with the continent, women's history there is even shorter.
Here are some of my favorite books about Antarctica and other cold places:
Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent by Gabrielle Walker--I just started this one, and it's a great combination of history, current science, and personal experience.
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox--lots of interesting information about what our bodies do to survive in the cold.
Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey by Joan Myers--beautiful photographs!
No Horizon is So Far: Two Women and Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antarctica by Liv Arnesen & Ann Bancroft--an adventure story about skiing across the continent.
On the Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Gretchen Legler
Polar Obsession by Paul Nicklen
Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places by Bill Streever--covers lots of different cold places all over the earth.
The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Antarctica: An Encyclopedia from Abbott Ice Shelf to Zooplankton
Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler
This Wild Silence by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Whiteout, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, Greg Rucka--graphic novels with adventure and intrigue in the cold and darkness of Antarctic winter.
The White Darkness, Geraldine McCaughrean
So, instead of turning up the heat to warm up, try reading about someplace that's even colder than where you are!
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