Five Books to Read this Winter


Reading + winter go together like hot chocolate + marshmallows. As winter continues on, grab a cozy blanket and curl up with a new book. Here are five books we think you should read this winter!  

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The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

Suspense. Poignant story telling. Strong lady lead. This novel has everything we love. Twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - still the largest unsolved art theft in history - one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one -woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece-the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years - may itself be a forgery. Throw this book in your vacation beach bag with our favorite sunglasses, water bottle, and hat.

Northerly Update: If you're logging hours in the car this spring break, we recommend listening to The Art Forger via the Audible App.  


Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

This is a recent favorite historical fiction book set in World War II Italy (Becca’s husband liked it too!). The story follows Pino Lella, an Italian teenager who joins the underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, his parents force him to enlist as a German Soldier and he is recruited to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers. Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna, and for the life he dreams, they will one day share. If you liked All the Light We Cannot See or The Nightingale (two of our favorites), then this is the perfect book for you to get lost in under a cozy blanket.


The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Our February Northerly Book Club pick! This book follows the lives of four siblings that visit a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The prophecies inform their next five decades and probe the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. Chloe Benjamin is an amazing storyteller (and a Wisconsinite!) and brings each decade to life. It is the perfect book to bring to your favorite coffee shop and read the day away. We suggest the fireplace at Dixie’s Coffee House.


Wine. All the Time.: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking by Marissa A. Ross

We are huge Marissa A. Ross fans (her Instagram stories are hilarious), and her book will not disappoint. If you are looking for a new hobby to get you through the coldest winter days, this book will walk you through the ins and outs of wine culture, making you laugh along the way. It will teach you how to describe what you are drinking, to recognize your preferences, pick a great bottle of wine for a dinner party, and how to pair a wine to your next meal at home. We love that she is making wine accessible to everyone and that we can learn to choose wine not solely based on how pretty the label is. So in true Marissa Ross fashion, grab a bottle of wine and get lost in the pages. 


The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

A great thriller to curl up on the couch by the fireplace with our favorite cup of tea from Ann Marie’s. Anna Fox is an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house. As her world begins to crumble she struggles with the question of what is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems. This is a twisted, smart, Hitchcockian psychological thriller that will keep you up all night to find out what happens next (with all of the lights on in the house).


Looking for more good reads? Our book club members use the following resources to find a new page turner! 
+ Northwoods Reader 
+ NY Times Best Sellers List
+ Chicago Tribune Best Books of 2017