Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, 2011, Commended, Winter.
These lectures, these chapters, these thematic notes rise and fall with the senses they evoke: not just the visual indulgences of art, the oral of poetry, the taste of warm dishes, the touch of snowflakes, the absent odor of frigid air: Gopnik outfits winter with art, literature, bodily experience, and history, such that the reader can recall the season in the context of culture as well as anticipate it as well.
- American Book Review
Few writers are as adept as Gopnik, a natural born essayist, at generating such thoughts and seeing them spiritedly advancing across the page, like the "secret ministry" of frost at midnight.
[Gopnik is] a wonderful essayist, erudite, elegant and incisive.
... beautifully written ...
... sensationally good ...
- Toronto Star
[Adam Gopnik] is adept at connecting disparate subjects and ideas in interesting and unusual ways.
- Canadian Geographic
Gopnik melds familiar and arcane without talking down to readers ... thoughtful ...
- Winnipeg Free Press
... pleasurably readable ... the Massey selectors made an inspired choice for 2011.
- Montreal Review of Books
... enlightening and full of discovery ... insightful ...
- Quill and Quire
... a stream of endlessly entertaining insights and ideas -- a treasury of people and places and art.
- Globe and Mail
... a book every Canadian needs to own.
- Chronicle Herald
...charming...[Adam Gopnik's essays] provide a timely reminder that we still have something to learn about the season.
- Montreal Gazette
...outstanding...[Adam Gopnik's] windows on winter illuminate varied aspects of the season, but, more profoundly, they also shed light on the human condition and our complex relationship with nature.
- Toronto Star
Winter is a soulful, studied meditation on the season that most captures our imagination . . . highly recommended.
- New York Review of Books