Ice Dodgers

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There are seven routes through the North­west Pas­sage, and David Scott Cow­per has sailed all of them — four sin­gle-handed. The Frozen Fron­tier is the story of his fifth tran­sit, and it’s writ­ten by crewmem­ber Jane Maufe, the four times great-niece of Arc­tic ex­plorer Sir John Franklin, who died try­ing to find the North­west Pas­sage in 1847. Leav­ing Ire­land in Au­gust 2012 on the alu­minum 48-footer Po­lar Bound, a for­mer lifeboat, they be­came the first pri­vate ves­sel to nav­i­gate the most northerly route. (Blooms­bury, $28)

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