Two NYT Critics Love COLD

Now at #109 on Amazon, Bill Streever’s new book about life at polar and scientific extremes, Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places, is the happy beneficiary of two prominent New York Times reviews–and both critics love the book. Dwight Garner weighed in on Friday, July 24th in the daily Times, while Mary Roach, the much-praised author of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, reviews it for the cover of the New York Times Book Review on Sunday, July 26. According to World Cat, 126 libraries have Cold. But of the four major systems we checked, two didn’t have it, and the other two had substantial holds on fewer than 10 copies.

Streever’s travels to the coldest places on our warming planet spark reflections on hibernation, frostbite and life in a snowpack, among many other intriguing topics. Garner praises his writing as “flinty and tough-minded, with just enough humor glowing around the edges to keep you toasty and dry,” calling the book “an unusual and welcome addition to the literature of cold weather and the great north.”

Roach, meanwhile, heartily embraces Streever’s quirky science: “Streever reminds us that everything is molecules — bouncing energetically off one another in heat, sticking closer together and moving sluggishly in cold. As he makes clear, the sluggishness can spell trouble, whether it’s affecting your nerves (freezing digits go numb because synapses are too cold to fire), your blood, your car.”

And although Roach cautions that the book is “structured more like a blog,” with chapters that “aren’t united by easily discerned themes,” she declares “the book is so interesting it doesn’t matter.”

Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places
Bill Streever
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2009-07-02)
ISBN / EAN: 978-0316042918 / 0316042919


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