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Cooling Down With Frosty Reads

Some like it hot… but not this hot. The muggy air and heat wave are so passé. Canadian, Siberian and French winter settings cool our summer fevers.

The Consolations of the Forest by Sylvain Tesson (Rizzoli, 2013)Sylvain Tesson exiles himself to a wooden cabin on Siberia’s Lake Baikal. A meditation on escaping the chaos of modern life and rediscovering the luxury of solitude, this book offers honest reflections upon both the beautiful and harsh conditions of the liminal space of mind and place.

La Saison froide by Catherine Lafrance (Editions de la presse, 2011)Heartbroken and tired of the heat wave, a woman from Montreal crosses Canada to find a new home in Yellowknife.  Here, she finds magic in the wilderness:  snow, the aurora borealis, bears, the midnight sun… as well as hope for a fresh start in life.

Bord de mer by Véronique Olmi (Actes Sud, 2003)A mother decides to take her two kids on an impromptu trip to the beach—only it’s in the dead of winter and the middle of the school week. In a simple yet riveting tale, Olmi closely follows this single-mother household’s journey through the night and rain storm, holding onto hopes of a sunny beachside escape.

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