From the Depths of Winter

"Winter Moon" courtesy of National Geographic

“I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood.”

~ Bill Watterson

Not that we all need to be especially ornery in the winter, but like Watterson (who is the creator of Calvin and Hobbes) states, something happens in the gloom of these dreary days.  To prevent you from getting too far into the doldrums, here are a few good reads – all with winter in the title.


The Birds of Winter by Kit Harrison – Winter birdwatching tips

The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team by Wayne R. Coffey – Herb Brooks and the “Miracle” Team

The Center of Winter by Marya Hornbacher – Triumph (and humor) amidst loss, depression, and suicide

Cherries in Winter: My Family’s Recipe for Hope in Hard Times by Suzan Colon – Recipe memoir linking the Great Depression to the current recession

Hard Winter: A Western Story by Johnny D. Boggs – Friends, rivalry,cows, and snow in Montana

In the Land of Winter by Richard Grant – A young, single mother is transformed by witchcraft

Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan by Ann Jones – Policy and Post(?)war Afghanistan

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Children’s classic about one winter on the prairie

Mrs. de Winter by Susan Hill – Sequel to DuMaurier’s Rebecca

The Palace of the Snow Queen: Winter Travels in Lapland by Barbara Sjoholm – A look at the people of the Arctic Circle and the building of the Ice Hotel

Winter Brothers: A Season at the Edge of America by Ivan Doig – Journey across the Pacific Northwest through the eyes of James Gilchrist Swan

Winter Count by Barry Lopez – Short stories with lots of imagery

Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems by Mary Oliver – Essays and poetry on nature

Winter in Madrid by CJ Sansom – Thrills and espionage in Civil War Spain

The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck – Classic dealing with ambition and morality

The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly – Crusading young female doctor in 1900’s London

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher – Five people, one house, the shortest day of the year

One response to this post.

  1. Hello, and thanks so much for including my book in your great list! If you and your visitors are interested in finding out more about Cherries in Winter, please visit my website,
    All the best,
    Suzan Colon


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