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Winter by Adam Gopnik
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Dec 12, 11

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Read from December 01 to 12, 2011

This book was written in conjunction with five 2011 Massey Lectures broadcast in Canada by the CBC. I was happy to receive it as a "First Read." The author, Adam Gopnik, is a staff writer at "The New Yorker" and an essayist.

In this book, the author looks at winter from five themes--romantic, radical, recuperative, recreational, and remembering winter. The beginning of the book was densely filled with ideas of artists, writers, and intellectuals. Other winter observations were lighter such as the discussions about snowflakes, icebergs, artic explorers, and winter sports, especially his beloved ice hockey. He also looks at the origins of Christmas including the winter solstice celebrations. There were interesting sections about architecture and city planning where he wrote about the advent of central heating, the invention of the car, and the subterranean city of Montreal. With global warming advancing, winter may be changing in the future as more ice melts in the polar regions.

The book was well researched with an impressive bibliography. It also contained fourteen pages of artwork depicting various aspects of winter. I would recommend this book to any reader who enjoys the type of essays that you would find in "The New Yorker."
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