There’s a time and place for breezy beach reads, but let’s be honest: we flipped past that part of the calendar at least three months ago, and summer-vacation escapism isn’t nearly as appealing when frigid winds are howling at the window. Let heart-stirring tales of bold polar explorers fortify you before your next meal with extended family (hey, at least you’re not eating rotten seal meat on an ice floe). Welcome the darkest part of the year with a science journalist’s gusto. If necessary, imagine yourself on an armored polar bear. These reads will schuss you through the winter.
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