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Winter’s Last Roar Reading List

Mississippi’s TurnRow Books shares some older books reminiscent of winter and a few new arrivals worthy of bundling up with before spring arrives. 

Black River by S.M. Hulse

One of the most memorable debut novels in recent memory, filled with delightfully unexpected turns and language as gorgeous and sparse as the wide open landscapes of the West.

12-black-wings-has-my-angelBlack Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze

An obscure pulp crime writer from Mississippi is enjoying a posthumous resurgence. TurnRow loves this newly reissued story of an ex-con and a clever dame who mount the perfect heist.

City of Thieves by David Benioff

This novel delivers it all – thrills, danger, comedy and two great characters, young cellmates who are given a chance at freedom if they can parse a besieged Leningrad and find a dozen eggs for the wedding of the Soviet colonel’s daughter.

Cold Skin by Albert Sanchez Pinol

Set after WWI, this smart, creepy and chilling sci-fi thriller describes a dissolute man’s journey to a remote Antarctic outpost where he is stationed for one year, only to discover he is not alone. A long-time Turnrow favorite.

featheredboneThe Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

Deceptively light, this new novel from an Oxford author takes a terrible scenario  child swiped during a field trip to New Orleans – and makes a compelling, hopeful page-turner you won’t stop recommending to friends.

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

Winter wouldn’t be complete without a harrowing true account of an ill-fated polar expedition, and this is one of the best, written by one of our favorite historical storytellers.

The Kept by James Scott

You’ll be hooked from the start of this story about a wife and mother in 1897 who hits the road to extract revenge for a horrible crime that occurs in the opening pages. Ideal for bleak mid-winter.

Winter-finalThe People’s Act of Love by James Meek

A Turnrow favorite from year one, this epic novel set in Siberia is full of adventure, terror, romance and stands boldly alongside the great Russian classics.

Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Set in Depression-era Alaska, this magical novel is about a homesteading couple whose lives are touched by a mysterious child arriving at their door in the middle of winter.

Winter by Marissa Meyer

This is the latest in the Lunar Chronicles, a popular teen series you may have missed. Start with Cinder, the first installment in an epic space-opera retelling of popular fairy tales.

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