"Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir"
ECW Press, $26.95
The dog days of summer often lead to thoughts about colder weather. In "Ice Diaries," Canadian author Jean McNeil offers a thoughtful rumination on her lifelong obsession with cold. She also discusses the different forms of ice and offers general thoughts on the concept of coldness. "Ice has a life cycle," she writes, "just as we do." On the other hand, she contends that ice is, in fact, immortal: "It never quite dies but is reincarnated, through melt, into water, into vapour."