It's Cold Here: A Memoir of Modern Turkey
Ankara, Turkey is representative of the way in which most people in the twenty-first century live. It is a developing world city that is utilitarian rather than beautiful, polluted, hastily built. People who move there - Turkish migrants and foreigners alike - move for only one reason: work, as Holly Martins soon discovered when she moved there in 2008 for her husband's job with The World Bank.
Yet as Martins explored the timeworn Anatolian hilltop town that became modern Turkey's new capital city in 1923, she began to stumble on a long history underneath all the twentieth-century buildings, and a much bigger story than one rather forgettable city could tell.
In the tradition of Travels in Siberia, Martins follows her curiosity through time and space, interweaving her travelogue with vivid historical accounts of the region, telling stories of Baghdad's Golden Age and the Ottomans even as she adjusts to life in Ankara. In so doing, she relates the story of Islam and the West, and explores the connections between personal identity and the histories we all inherit.