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‘Days of Night’: Jonathan Stone’s Vivid Tale of Loneliness and Isolation in Antarctica

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From the title to the tone, Jonathan Stone’s latest thriller, Days of Night, lures the reader into life at the McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Antarctica, itself a character in the novel, immediately becomes vivid and arresting, foreboding and unfortunate. As a continent it is known as the coldest, unleashing temperatures that dip as low as -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Throughout the novel, we consider how easily one can freeze to death, how precarious it is to exist in this climate. Beyond that is the author’s creation of the culture at McMurdo Station. He cleverly details the social isolation and odd behavior of the crew—we imagine a character’s perverse proclivity that comes during the ‘winter-over’, when those living there haven’t a glimmer of daylight…

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Chill Out: Cold Vacation Destination Travel Books to Save You from the Summer Heat

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Everyone loves summer, right? From thigh sweat to sand in your shorts, it’s everyone’s favorite season. Ice cream making your hands sticky? No problem. Loud kids everywhere because they’re out from school? Bring it on! Mosquito bites galore after a late-night barbecue? Who cares….? If summer is weighing on you a bit, fear not – there are some fantastic vacation destinations that will bring you sweet wintry relief. We’ve got the low-down on the chilliest out-of-the-way vacation spots for your inner Yeti and the travel guides you’ll need along the way! You don’t need to melt to catch some sweet summer fun! Patagonia  Image Courtesy National Geographic   If you’re looking to visit the one place on Earth that’s closest…

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5 Gorgeous, endangered places to remember on Earth Day

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Happy Earth Day, global citizens! First celebrated in 1970 to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, this originally groovy holiday has evolved to become an international observance focused on the environment and the health of the planet. In fact, President Barak Obama spent his Earth Day in the Florida Everglades to call attention to their plight. To mark Earth Day, here are five of our most beautiful, but endangered, earthly vistas. We hope you’ll consider playing a role in their preservation so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. ANTARCTICA Why it’s a treasure: Its ice cap holds 90 percent of all water on Earth, making it crucial to our existence. Why it’s endangered: Rising temperatures is…

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