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7 Favorite Winter Reads from the Remodelista Editors

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7 Favorite Winter Reads from the Remodelista Editors

February 3, 2023

Just in time for six more weeks of winter, here are our team’s favorite books to hunker down with—from nonfiction to novels (new and not so new), cookery to poetry—ideally with a cup of tea and nowhere to be.

Alexa

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Above: “I recently read the short but captivating Cold Enough for Snow by Australian author and editor Jessica Au. Her descriptive scenes of hiking through the Japanese countryside and old wood bathhouses haven’t left me a month later.”

Annie

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Above: “The winter book: Wintering: The Power of Rest in Difficult Times by Katherine May. I read it the first time through last winter; this year, I find myself returning to passages again on dark nights when I get into bed early. It feeds some kind of hunger for diving deep into winter—and prompted me to adopt the practice of cold-water dipping, getting into the Atlantic Ocean here in Maine all winter long.”
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Above: “Alternatively, I climb into bed with a slim volume of poetry or two. Sometimes it’s Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude by the poet (and avid gardener) Ross Gay, each poem breathless and barely holding within it tiny delights (figs, ants, drinking water from cupped palms). His new book of essays, Inciting Joy, is also on my to-read list.”

Margot

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Above: “I adore Barbara Pym’s novels, and her descriptions of quiet lives and everyday comforts. A perennial favorite is Excellent Women.” The comedy of manners holds up since it was first published in 1952.
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Above: Another of Margot’s picks: “How to Cook a Wolf by MFK Fisher, written during WWII shortages and ration cards. “She spit Puritan restraint out like a dull wine and made a life of savoring the sensual pleasures of the table,” wrote The New York Times.

Julie

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Above: “I’ve been rereading Alec Wilkinson’s debut nonfiction memoir, Midnights, recently reissued by Godine. It’s well worth a revisit.” The opening lines: “When I was twenty-three years old, five months out of college, with a degree in music, and without any idea of what to do with myself, I took a job as a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts,” writes Wilkinson. “‘Music, huh?’ the police chief said during the job interview. ‘That’ll be a big help.’”

Nell

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Above: “I’ve just read The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell, the fictionalized story of Lucrezia de’ Medici, a young girl who was forced into marriage and died aged 39 in 1560. The descriptions of the Italian ‘delizia’ (a country villa that is designed purely for ‘delight’) are transportive.”
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