Greetings from Antarctica, my blog family. Okay, so I’m not in Antarctica right now, although it looks like it and feels like it in the DC metro area.
We’re currently still digging ourselves out from Snowmageddon: The Sequel. We’ve had one major snowstorm and about two or three minor ones, with temperatures to match. I’m thankful to say that the snowplow people have done an amazing job on our roads.
There is a HUGE icicle growing underneath the deck from meltwater. I measured it yesterday — it’s 36 inches long and still growing.
All of this snow reminds me of books I’ve read where snow and/or ice plays a major part in the book. So for your amusement today, I’m compiling a list of various snow-related books:
1) The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It’s one of the books in Wilder’s series about her life as a pioneer in the West. The Ingalls family endured some tough times during that winter, but managed to survive through a combination of persistence, ingenuity and hope.
2) Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, by Piers Paul Read. This book is a true and touching story of a 1970s rugby team from Uruguay whose plane crashed in the Andes. I marvel that any of them survived and got out alive. (If you ever see the movie with Ethan Hawke, it has some of the most terrifying and realistic plane crash scenes ever filmed. Be warned.)
3) Endurance, by Frank Worsley. It describes the survival of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the members of The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition after their ship was crushed by ice in the Antarctic. For details, read my previous blog post about this book.
4) Snow Falling On Cedars, by David Guterson. I haven’t gotten to this book yet, but I saw the movie and enjoyed it. I’m glad that it talks about the evacuation of Japanese-Americans during World War II; I think Manzanar and other “detention centers” are an often-overlooked part of American history.
5) Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow (also known as Smilla’s Sense of Snow) by Peter Høeg. Again, it’s a case of saw-movie-first-read-book-sometime, but I’m hoping it’s as good as the movie. It’s a murder mystery — a young child falls to his death from a building’s snow-covered roof and it’s declared an accident by the police. His neighbor and friend Smilla Jaspersen doesn’t buy it, since the kid was terrified of heights.
6) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. It has lots and lots of snow and four British kids running around having adventures in it.
7) and 8) And do I even need to mention Stephen King’s The Shining and Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale? Enough said.
Blog readers, got any more contributions to snow books? Let’s see how long we can make the list.
And did you think I was going to let you out of this blog post without a “Snow” video? LOL.