When it comes to summer books, we're always looking for the hot new thing. Turns out, however, that this year's hottest titles are surprisingly...cold. So while you're baking outside, cool off with one of these deliciously chilly antidotes to the scorching sun:
Stieg Larsson fans will find cold comfort in Norwegian Jo Nesbø's riveting thriller, The Snowman, which follows detective Harry Hole (think Blomkvist with an edge) in pursuit of a devastating serial killer who always leaves a snowman in his tracks. We shiver just thinking about it.
For a lighter, but equally icy adventure, we love The Frozen Rabbi, just out in paperback. Author Steve Stern has been compared to Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss and Michael Chabon, and with good reason: His quick-witted romp through Jewish folklore, via a rabbi frozen in 1889 and re-animated in 1990s America, is both hilarious and surprisingly poignant.
Meanwhile, nonfiction lovers should strap on their snowshoes for a polar jaunt with journalist Sara Wheeler. In Magnetic North, a worthy sequel to her 1998 Antarctic journey, she explores the other pole, visiting endangered reindeer herders in Lapland, studying Siberian radioactivity and traversing the Trans-Alaska pipeline--this time with an infant son in tow.