Category: Books

Jo Nesbø’s latest thriller is a classic

The Norwegian noir writer provides his take on Shakespeare’s MacBeth Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. The best-selling Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbø was the perfect choice to rewrite one of literature’s most famous tales...

Sandhamn murders

Why not sample Swedish crime?

Viveca Sten’s Sandhamn Murders—either as books or TV—make perfect påskekrim Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. Of course, our focus here at The Norwegian American tends to be on Norwegian writers. But Norway’s Nordic neighbors...

Dive Headlong into this 21-book series

Book review Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. Mystery buffs and Anglophiles: if you haven’t encountered Bill Slider yet, you have a feast of reading ahead of you. The prolific, tongue-in-cheek British author Cynthia Harrod-Eagles has...

“Here they can still tell stories”

Newly translated book of Sámi folktales makes wonderful—if sometimes eerie—reading Barbara Sjoholm Port Townsend, Wash. About 100 years ago, an adventurous young Danish artist decided to take a vacation in Lapland with her sister....

Historian Odd Lovoll on his Two Homelands

Book review Judith Gabriel Vinje Los Angeles, Calif. The first immigrants from Norway sailed into New York harbor on their sloop “Restauration” on Oct. 9, 1825, after a grueling voyage of 14 weeks. During...

Nana Scrappy

Must love dogs

Generations collide affectionately in the 2018 kids’ book Nana Scrappy Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American When Ryan Cochrane was growing up, he loved fairy tales, and he loved his grandmothers—a great combination for...

The Critical Phase

The critical phase

Book review M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In 2016, sociologist Arnfinn Midtbøen was invited to give a lecture on the history of research on employment immigration to Norway. He agreed. As a young researcher...

Wish again as Anja’s adventure continues

A family affair Book review by Tove Andersson Oslo The story of the little elf that became the main character from The New York Times bestseller The Christmas Wish continues. This year The Polar...

1000 ords historie

Book tells the history of a thousand words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway 1000 ords historie (The histories of 1,000 words) might classify as an etymology, because it is an account of the origins...

Amalie Skram

Amalie Skram meets the 21st century

Translations of the 19th-century Norwegian novelist introduce her to new audiences Barbara Sjoholm Port Townsend, Wash. Three Norwegian novels: A pretty, high-spirited singer at Copenhagen’s Tivoli captures the heart of a gentleman who hopes...