South Lake Tahoe Library provides top books for winter reading |

South Lake Tahoe Library provides top books for winter reading

Autumn Whitney
It's officially winter. Check out these winter reading suggestions from the South Lake Tahoe Library.
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Winter officially started Thursday, Dec. 21, marking the time of year fit to curl up in front of the fireplace with a good read after spending a day on the mountain. And the staff at South Lake Tahoe Library has you covered for all your needs — from adult non-fiction to classic children’s literature, they’ve provided a list of suggestions to sink into this season.

All books are available at the library, located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.


“The Longest Winter; The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII’s Most Decorated Platoon” by Alex Kershaw — This in-depth examination of 18 men in the Intelligence and Reconnaissance platoon attached to the 99th Infantry Division is a story of courage and heroism. Kershaw takes the reader through the platoon’s experience in German POW camps and more.

“Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker; 110 Recipes for Flavorful, Foolproof Dishes (Including Desserts!), Plus Test-Kitchen Tips and Strategies” — Winter is the time for cooking, and this book is sure to help in your endeavors. From meat to soups and potatoes to cheesecake, this well-rounded collection of recipes is perfect for the holidays.

“Winter Hiking and Camping” by Molly Absolon — Whether you’re a novice or veteran outdoorsman, this guidebook aids in a variety of topics such as preparing for trips, choosing proper equipment, how to make snow shelters and cook winter foods, as well as staying safe in the backcountry and assembling repair kits.

“Snow-bound, and Other Poems” by John Greenleaf Whittier — The 19th century poet’s collection is named after his attempts to recreate the setting of his boyhood. Additional excerpts include “Sunset on the Bear Camp,” “The Tent on the Beach” and more.

“The Snowflake: Winter’s Secret Beauty” by Kenneth George Libbrecht — The Tahoe Basin is no stranger to this form of precipitation, and Libbrecht’s book takes readers up close with detailed micro images of snow crystals and informative text on physics and mythology of the element.

“The California Field Atlas” by Obi Kaufmann — Examine the unique topographies and ecologies in Kaufmann’s compilation. Bonus: The author presents the book at the South Lake Tahoe Library on Tuesday, Feb. 27 — so read ahead and prepare questions to ask the man himself.


“The Snowman” by Jo Nesbo — Nesbo’s mystery focuses on inspector Harry Hole as he tracks a Norwegian serial killer who places a snowman in the yard where a woman has gone missing. For those who’d prefer to see the story brought to life, the novel’s big screen counterpart released in October earlier this year.

“Winter Street” by Elin Hilderbrand — Kelley Quinn, the owner of an inn, is looking forward to spending Christmas with his family at the business. But when he sees his wife kissing another man, chaos ensues.

“Road to Christmas Past” by Kathi Daley — Local author Kathi Daley writes about Holly Thompson, a woman who searches for information about her unknown past after receiving a unique Christmas present. Along the way, she discovers more than she intended.

“Tahoe Ice Grave” by Todd Borg — South Shore-based writer Todd Borg’s Owen McKenna mysteries follow the detective as he solves various crimes throughout the basin. The series’ third book, which debuted in 2002, sets McKenna on a mission that has him searching through Mark Twain manuscripts and Washoe Indian customs, leading him to a mountain in the midst of a blizzard.

Children’s picks

“Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold” by Joyce Sidman — Newbery Honor-winning poet Sidman provides a collection of poetry in picture book fashion. Focused on how animals stay alive in the winter, it’s a fun, informational read for children of all ages.

“The Long Winter” by Laura Ingalls Wilder — This installment of the Little House on the Prairie series follows Laura, Pa, Ma, Mary, Carrie and Grace as they face blizzards and more in the winter of 1880. Kids who were fans of Tahoe’s own snowpocalypse last winter are sure to enjoy this chapter book.

“Before Morning” by Joyce Sidman — Sidman makes the list again with this picture book, which involves a child persuading the elements to bring a snow day to her town, allowing her family to spend a day at home together.

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