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Home Front: A Chip Off the Block 

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Chill out this winter with a heartwarming book about ice: "Cooling the South: The Block Ice Era: 1875-1975" (Wackophoto, $35) by block ice descendant Elli Morris. Travel with Morris along a "trail of abandoned ice plants," reading firsthand accounts of the block-ice era by ice plant owners and workers.

"I discovered an entire region profoundly affected by the manufacture of block ice and how valuable that industry was for our nation as a whole," says Morris, in this beautifully rendered homage to the small-town men and women of the ice industry.
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