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Finding Beauty in the Fiercest Season

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  • ISBN: 9781771643528
  • Tags: Bernd Brunner, Literary Non-Fiction, Mark Kurlansky, Nature & Environment,
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.5
  • Published On: 11/05/2019
  • 224 Pages

Available November 5, 2019

A sweeping, beautiful survey of all things winter.

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.

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 Birdmania and Inventing the Christmas Tree.

Mark Kurlansky is a New York Times-bestselling author and a creative writing instructor. He has written plays, newspaper and magazine articles, and over thirty books, including Milk!, Salt, and Cod. A native New Englander, he is well acquainted with both the rigors and rewards of winter.


“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 Eckstein, New 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 Hamblyn, The Invention of Clouds