• The cover of the book Terra Incognita

    Terra Incognita

    Sara Wheeler is one of the foremost travel writers in the world, and in this book, she takes on the seventh continent. Wheeler spent seven months in Antarctica, the first non-American to take part in the National Science Foundation’s Writers and Artists program, and in this narrative, she discusses Antarctic literature and how polar exploration has impacted British culture. It’s certainly an interesting and entertaining read, and Wheeler does an excellent job describing life in and the landscape of Antarctica.

     
  • The cover of the book In the Kingdom of Ice

    In the Kingdom of Ice

    Everyone was obsessed with Arctic exploration in the late 1800s, and in that vein, James Gordon Bennett, the owner of The New York Herald funded an expedition to reach the North Pole. As you might be able to guess from the title of the book, it never made it. Two years into the expedition, the pack ice won and the ship sank. The marooned crew began a desperate march across the ice in this harrowing tale of survival in the northernmost parts of our planet.

     
  • The cover of the book Arctic Dreams

    Arctic Dreams

    This modern classic, a National Book Award winner, is one of the definitive books about the Canadian Arctic, based on the author’s travels over the course of four years. Lopez accompanied geologists, biologists, archaeologists, and indigenous peoples’ hunting parties to come to terms with life and death in the frozen wilderness. If you want a sense of the vastness of this region, and how humans tie into it, this is a book you should pick up.

     
  • The cover of the book Up to This Pointe

    Up to This Pointe

    Harper Scott’s name earns her immediate respect in Antarctic circles—after all, she’s related to the famed explorer Robert Falcon Scott. But it’s ballet, rather than Antarctica, that consumes the teenager’s life. But when things don’t go according to plan, Harper decides she needs some time away from the world and worms her way into a spot at McMurdo Station. It’s an unlikely premise, to be sure, but Longo makes it work with her emotional prose and vivid descriptions of Antarctic life.