Book Review: “Nørth”

Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. After the avalanche of recent books on how everything is better in Scandinavia, some of us may be feeling a certain angst: Are we really Nordic enough? Do our homes radiant sufficient hygge? How important are frozen weekend interludes at a remote hytte? How can we become more like the “almost nearly perfect people”? Fret no more: help is on the way, with this tongue-in-cheek volume (Nørth: How to Live Scandinavian) by Brontë Aurell, a Danish chef and writer who is married to a Swede and lives in London. (Hygge alert! What should we infer about their Scandinavianity from the fact that they’ve jumped ship to the stiff-upper-lip UK?) If nothing else, this book will make you laugh. We read about how to dress like Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes (hint: tight trousers, practical hiking boots, and lots of black, respectively). We also find that Sw
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Melinda Bargreen

Melinda Bargreen is a Seattle-based writer and composer whose career at The Seattle Times began in 1977. Her choral works include the “Norwegian Folksong Suite.” Melinda contributes to many publications and is the author of Seattle Opera’s forthcoming 50-year history book. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a doctorate in English from the University of California, Irvine.

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