I was just thinking about an earlier post I had written which listed some cooler book selections for readers who live in a hot climate and since today is a little cool for here, I thought I would flip that script and do warm books for those who live in a cooler climate and are looking to raise their body temps a little!:
- Agatha Christie’s Death Comes the End (1944) and Death On the Nile (1944), Murder in Mesopotamia (1935) and there may be some others out there… – set in Egypt. F.
- A Town Like Alice – Neville Shute (1950) F.
- Any of the series of “America’s Best Travel Writing” volumes. (See the 2019 and 2016 issues here and there are also several other volumes out in the blog if you’d like to delve a little deeper.) NF.
- The Orchid House – Phyllis Shand Alfrey (1954) F. Set in the Caribbean so tropical and lush.
- DK Eyewitness book: Africa (1995) NF.
- Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” – Zora Neale Thurston (1931) NF. A hard-hitting read about slavery times.
- The Thornbirds – Colleen McCullough (1977) F. Set in Australia and war.
- Mojo: Conjure Stories – Nalo Hopkinson (2003) – F/short stories. Some of the stories are set in hot places (such as the Caribbean).
- The New Moon’s Arms – Nalo Hopkinson (2007). See above.
- The Jaguar’s Children – John Vaillant (2015) F. Set in Mexico and Arizona. Vaillant also has a great NF about a man-killing tiger in India (The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival ).
- Aya volumes 1-3 – Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie. Graphic novel about African female character.
- Celia, a Slave – Melton McLaurin (NF about individual trapped as a slave in the south U.S.)
- Tirra Lirra by the River – Jessica Anderson (1978). Set in Australia (can be hot).
- Born a Crime – Trevor Noah (2016) NF/autobio. South Africa can be hot…
- The Tortilla Curtain – T.C. Boyle (1995) F. Set in hot place just outside LA.
- Monique and the Mango Rains – Kris Holloway (2007). Set in Mali (West Africa). NF/bio.
- Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going where Captain Cook has Gone Before – Tony Horowitz. NF. (2003). Bio/travel/history to Hawaii and surroundings.
- Farewell Summer – Ray Bradbury (2006) F. Memories from the author’s childhood summer days.
- Sozaboy – Ken Saro-Wiwa (F). Set in Nigeria.
- A Passage to India – E.M. Forster (1924). Set in India.
- The Wind – Dorothy Scarborough (1925). F about living in West Texas.
- The Boy who Harnessed the Wind – William Kamkwamba (2009). Set in hot country.
- The Devil’s Highway – Luis Alberto Urrea (2004). Set in the Arizona desert and about immigration (hot topic!). Urrea is a super writer for both F and NF, btw.
- India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking – Anand Giridharadas. NF/travel/auto/history. (2011). Set in India – hot and lush!
What do you think? Do you have any ideas of any other book titles to add that can spirit readers to a warmer place?
Great list! Barracoon and Born a Crime were both so good. I’ve had The Devil’s Highway on my list forever, it feels like, and never get around to it. Good to know you think so highly of his writing!
I think it’s right up (or is it ‘down’) your reading alley….
I actually read Dan Simmon’s The Terror in the midst of the coldest part of winter and because it took place somewhere even colder than I was I felt warmer because things could be so much worse! 😀
Interesting take! You might have a similar experience reading the diary of Antarctic explorers! I’m so impressed w your biking in cold temps!
Biking in cold temps is all about the layers!