San Diego was 75 degrees while it was minus 16 degrees here in Minnesota! I wrote to thank my son's new in-laws for a fine time and decided to give them the formula for how many other Minnesotans and I plow through the frozen tundra that we often must experience.
The deep freeze dictates what is hot in Common Good Books. A good book, comfort food, or, perhaps, a drink and a roaring fire are what we recommend. A warm fuzzy cat or a loyal dog at one's feet also guarantees an inner warmth no matter how hard the wind is blowing outside your frosty windows.
Three Cups of Tea by Mortenson and Relin will surely warm your heart--a story of what just one ordinary person can accomplish in this troubled world of ours.
Kevin Kling's The Dog Says How is guaranteed to make you smile whether or not you even like dogs.
The Florist's Daughter by Patricia Hampl will take you on a most pleasant, nostalgic journey through Saint Paul in addition to exploring the many facets of love between aging parents and a daughter.
Recess at 20 Below by award winning author Cindy Lou Aillaud will enthrall your children. A contemporary photo book, they will learn about kids just like them and lots about Alaska, and they will have a school adventure very unlike their own, all at 20 degrees below zero!
Add some sunshine with the warm company provided by any one of these books. Keep tuned for the next set of the most pleasurable reads for cold nights.