These Northern reads make us want to cozy up to a good story as the temps drop and days shorten
September 28, 2018
The Anchorage museum book club resumes this winter with gatherings at the museum the first Fridays of November, January and March. Here’s what we’re reading:
Mountains of the Mind by Robert Macfarlane (Nov. 2 selection)
Combining accounts of legendary mountain ascents with vivid descriptions of his own forays into wild, high landscapes, Robert Macfarlane reveals how the mystery of the world’s highest places has come to grip the Western imagination and perennially draws legions of adventurers up the most perilous slopes.
The Greenhouse by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir (Jan. 4 selection)
A story about the heartfelt search for beauty in life, The Greenhouse is a touching reminder of our ability to turn the small things in everyday life into the extraordinary. For Lobbi, the tragic passing of his mother proves to be a profound catalyst. Their shared love of tending rare roses in her greenhouse inspires him to leave his studies behind and travel to a remote village monastery to restore its once fabulous gardens. While transforming the garden under the watchful eye of a cinephile monk, he is surprised by a visit from Anna, a friend of a friend with whom he shared a fateful moment in his mother’s greenhouse, and the daughter they together conceived that night. In caring for both the garden and the little girl, Lobbi slowly begins to assume the varied and complex roles of a man: fatherhood with a deep relationship with his child, cooking, nurturing, and remaining also a son, brother, lover and a gardener.
The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett (March 2 selection)
Capturing a crucial time in the history of Arctic exploration – the mid-19th century – Andrea Barrett’s compelling novel tells the story of a fateful expedition. Through the eyes of the ship’s scholar-naturalist, Erasmus Darwin Wells, we encounter the Narwhal’s crew, its commander, and the far-north culture of the Esquimaux. In counterpoint, we meet the women left behind in Philadelphia, explorers only in imagination. Together, those who travel and those who stay weave a web of myth and mystery, finally discovering what they had not sought: the secrets of their own hearts.
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