Hot Enough for Ya?: 10 Heatwave Reads
This heat wave is no joke. The National Weather Service has placed KC under an excessive-heat warning through this weekend, and the city is encouraging area residents to take solace in cooling centers, such as public libraries. All this begs the eternal (and infernal) question, What to read?
Here are 10 books, both fiction and non-, that we found especially appropriate for these sweltering summer climes.
Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford – Can’t stand the heat? Visit Buford’s kitchen.
Into the Inferno by Earl Emerson – Seattle firefighter investigates a mysterious illness that has decimated his department.
California Fire & Life by Don Winslow – Claims adjuster investigates a series of arsons.
Inferno by Dante Aligheri – You thought Kansas City was the 13th circle?
In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems 1961-1991 by M. Scott Momaday – Bask in Kiowan poetry from the Southwest.
Fire by Kristin Cashore – Follow 17-year-old Fire on her promethean quest to save her native land.
Jump at de Sun: The Story of Zora Neale Hurston by A.P. Porter – Soar above the scorching pavements with this hope-filled biography of the great African-American writer.
Desert Queen: Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallach – The brain to Lawrence of Arabia’s military brawn, Bell was at one time the most powerful woman in the British Empire
Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson – The hottest gang in town.
Temperatures Rising by Sandra Brown – Body heat and summer romance.
And if you’re well and truly sick of the heat try this:
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer – Climbing Mount Everest during the worst blizzard in its recorded history. That oughta cool you off.
Your turn: What are you reading right now to beat the heat? Share it in the comments.
-- Kaite Mediatore Stover & Jason Harper