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Got them winter blues?

It’s been snowing for weeks, the sun is constantly being filtered through gray clouds, and it’s completely dark by 4:30.  Hurrah for January!  The winter blues (and their extreme cousin Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D.) can really bring you down during these dark winter months.  But don’t despair brothers and sisters, for this is the time of year to drink chamomile tea, curl up in a blanket and absorb monumental amounts of media. 

Here are a few picks to help you kick those winter blues to the curb:

Winter’s End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat ; translated by Anthea Bell – The title is perfect, right?  This is an amazing adventure tale featuring (but not limited to) these elements: murdered parents, sadistic boarding schools, mutant dog-men, tyrannical governments, and four best buds on the lam.  Seriously, a totally awesome story.  Great for fans of Hunger Games, etc.

Hellie Jondoe by Randall Platt – It’s 1918 and Hellie is a street smart thirteen year-old tomboy picking pockets and running with her brother Harry’s gang in New York City.  (He’s the only one who even knows she’s a girl.)  When Harry gets shot he uses the opportunity to fake his death and send his sister out west on the orphan train for a fresh start out west.  But when he hears Hellie is an indentured servant in Oregon, Harry heads off to find her.  Great dialogue and a compelling story make Hellie Jondoe a great piece of winter escapism.

The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia – If you’re at all interested in history, this is a really fun resource to get your hands on.  One large volume with information on more historical events than you can shake a stick at (that’s a lot).  Wonderful illustrations, timelines, and biographies of historical figures make The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia another great choice on a snowy day.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – self-titled CD – If you like happy, jangly, indie pop like I do, you won’t regret giving this record a spin.  The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will keep you dancing around your house at least until spring.  (Bonus points for lyrics about teen romance and libraries.)

Corey Wittig – CLP, Main

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