Winter Provides the Perfect Time to Delve into a Good Book, along with a Comforting Drink

With shorter daylight hours and colder temperatures, winter is the perfect time to snuggle under a cozy blanket with a good book and a hot drink. Unlike lighter beach reads, at this time of year readers want meatier, longer books to occupy their minds.

Left Bank Books provided the list of recommended winter reading. Local bartenders and baristas offered their warming beverages. So settle down with your favorites and take advantage of this season.

Fiction

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

“Now an HBO series, this is the first book in a series of four; an epic story about two women’s friendship in Italy growing up after World War II.”

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

“Stuck in a home because of a snowstorm, strangers navigate a difficult situation. Isabel Allende is a prolific Latin American author who experiments with magical realism.”

Nonfiction

Ruth Bader Ginsberg: A Life by Jane Sherron De Hart

“An inspiring biography, perfect for people who watched the documentary and want to know more, particularly the cases she’s worked on and the effect she’s had.”

The White Darkness by David Grann

“A biography of the Shackelton exploration to Antarctica by a man who was related to one of the participants in the original expedition. David Grann’s books are compulsively readable.”

Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic Beverages

From Mike Duffy’s Bar & Grill:

  • Hot apple cider, with or without rum
  • Hot toddy: Hot tea, bourbon, lemon and honey
  • Hot chocolate with Malibu rum or peppermint schnapps

From Kaldi’s Café in Chesterfield:

  • Kaldi’s popular winter drink is its brown sugar rosemary latte
  • Coffee with Ghirardelli chocolate sauce and a peppermint or cinnamon stick

From Bar Louie in Chesterfield:

  • Espresso Martini: Espresso, Godiva liqueur, drizzled with toasted marshmallow or pure cane sugar syrup