6 books to beat the winter blues

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3. "The Call of the Wild," by Jack London

Famed writer Jack London’s most-read novel, The Call of the Wild, takes place on the frozen lands of Alaska during the Yukon gold rush. When the book opens, shepherd dog Buck is happily domesticated in California. His life, however, becomes quite the opposite when he’s kidnapped, sold to a pair of Canadians, and trained as a sled dog. He’s horribly mistreated until a kindhearted outdoorsman comes to the rescue. The classic book, published in 1903, explores ageless themes such as the relationship between a dog and his owner and the primordial pull of nature.

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