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Winterlust

Finding Beauty in the Fiercest Season

by (author) Bernd Brunner

foreword by Mark Kurlansky

translated by Jane Billinghurst

Publisher
Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Nov 2019
Category
Popular Culture, Weather, Winter Sports
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781771643528
    Publish Date
    Nov 2019
    List Price
    $32.95

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“Mr. Brunner’s winning book is a reassuring, nostalgic reminder that winter is the season of both play and regeneration.”—Wall Street Journal

In Winterlust, a farmer painstakingly photographs five thousand snowflakes, each one dramatically different from the next. Indigenous peoples thrive on frozen terrain, where famous explorers perish. Icicles reach deep underwater, then explode. Rooms warmed by crackling fires fill with scents of cinnamon, cloves, and pine. Skis carve into powdery slopes, and iceboats traverse glacial lakes.

This lovingly illustrated meditation on winter entwines the spectacular with the everyday, expertly capturing the essence of a beloved yet dangerous season, which is all the more precious in an era of climate change

“Brunner masterfully does in words what resilient and adventurous people have done in their lives for centuries; he finds beauty in blizzards and ice and the crystallized enchantment of snow.”
—Dan Egan, Pulitzer finalist and author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

About the authors

Bernd Brunner's work has been published in Lapham's Quarterly, the Paris Review, the Wall Street Journal Speakeasy, Aeon, and the Huffington Post, and he has lectured at New York's Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts and Culture, the Bancroft Library of the University of California at Berkeley, and the Goethe Institute in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. He is the author of an eclectic array of books, including Bears: A Brief History and Inventing the Christmas Tree.

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Jane Billinghurst holds an M.A. in German and Philosophy from Oxford University and is the author of numerous nonfiction books, including Temptress: From the Original Bad Girls to Women on Top. She is also an editor and has been the director of Simon Fraser University's Summer Book Editing Workshop. She lives in Anacortes, Washington, where she can often be found tending her foxgloves and forget-me-nots or relaxing in a garden chair.

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Editorial Reviews

“Thoughtful and meditative… Brunner offers readers pining for summer something to look forward to instead.”
—Publishers Weekly

“In an age of climate change, any writing about the dazzling beauty of winter takes on a subdued—almost nostalgic—tenor. Such is the case with Bernd Brunner’s slim, thoughtful meditation.”
Literary Hub

“Part coffee table book, part deep dive into everything winter, Winterlust is a collector’s piece. Beautiful imagery combined with stoic storytelling weave a masterful, peaceful and, at times, thrilling embodiment of winter.”
Explore Magazine

“A wonder-filled journey through humanity’s multifaceted relationships with this most endangered of seasons. Brunner’s explorations reveal how we shape and are shaped by the environments in which we live.”
—David George Haskell, Pulitzer finalist and author of The Forest Unseen

“Brunner masterfully does in words what resilient and adventurous people have done in their lives for centuries; he finds beauty in blizzards and ice and the crystallized enchantment of snow.”
—Dan Egan, Pulitzer finalist and author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

“A wonderful read and fascinating study of the coldest time of the year—Brunner adds warmth to this subject. I only regret this invaluable book was not available during my own research.”
—Bob EcksteinNew York Times-bestselling author of The Illustrated History of the Snowman

"In prose as clear and glittering as lake ice, Brunner captures the many facets of winter, which he reveals to be an enchanting—and, in some ways, endangered—season."
—Robert Moor, On Trails

“Winterlust is a powerful book, evocative and informative in equal measure. I thoroughly enjoyed feeling chilled by the atmosphere and then warmed by fascinating facts.”
—Tristan Gooley, The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs

“Winterlust is a dazzling piece of writing that explores, in prose as clear as an ice-crystal, the complex cultural meanings of winter across human and natural histories.”
—Richard HamblynThe Invention of Clouds

“What a delight … [Winterlust]is a novel exploration of various components of winter. The illustrations are delightful and help convey how the idea of winter fully engages the human imagination.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[Winterlustoften feels, bracingly, like a stroll through a curiosity shop.”
—Christian Science Monitor

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