Category: Books

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...

Shipwrecked Lives

Book review Rosalie Grosch Arden Hills, Minn. For the passengers on The Empress of Ireland, one of the prestigious passenger liners belonging to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), the ominous blasts of the ship’s...

Cabin Book from Hell

Norwegian comedian’s book details his reluctant attempt to love the outdoors M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Are Kalvø (1969- ) was born and grew up in Stranda, a municipality in the Sunn­møre region of...

No troll stories here

Book review: Norwegian Trolls & Rosemaling Doug Warne KKNW Scandinavian Hour Okay, I admit it: when I first noticed the title and then the cover of this book, I was hooked on the idea...

An interview with J. L. Oakley

Meet the author Christine Foster Meloni Washington Christine Foster Meloni: What sparked your interest in the Nazi occupation of Norway? J. L. Oakley: My interest in Norway actually goes back to a dream I...