The Future of Ice by Gretel Ehrlich
A Journey Into Cold

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This book was written out of Gretel Ehrlich’s love for winter–for remote and cold places, for the ways winter frees our imagination and invigorates our feet, mind, and soul–and also out of the fear that our “democracy of gratification” has irreparably altered the climate.

Over the course of a year, Ehrlich experiences firsthand the myriad expressions of cold, giving us marvelous histories of wind, water, snow, and ice, of ocean currents and weather cycles. From Tierra del Fuego in the south to Spitsbergen, east of Greenland, at the very top of the world, she explores how our very consciousness is animated and enlivened by the archaic rhythms and erupting oscillations of weather. We share Ehrlich’s experience of the thrills of cold, but also her questions: What will happen to us if we are “deseasoned”? If winter ends, will we survive?

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About Gretel Ehrlich

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Gretel Ehrlich is the author of This Cold Heaven, The Future of Ice, and The Solace of Open Spaces, among other works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She lives in Wyoming.

Author Residence: Stevensville, MD

Author Hometown: Cora, WY
Published February 6, 2010 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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we go behind the scenes of our own lives”), though also communicative of cold’s fine urgency, a danger that can drive beauty to the bone, create brilliant cultures (not to mention colors), or nurture a fine menagerie, like the bumblebee “looking like a piece of fire” that flies into the maw of a ...

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But she does make you wonder whether your grandchildren will ever have the chance to make snow angels.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Gretel Ehrlich was living in a tent in Wyoming when her publisher suggested that she write a book about winter, climate change, and global warming.

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