Category: Books

Wendy Swallow

Searching for Nora

A novel sequel to Ibsen’s classic Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. Wendy Swallow is the latest in a long line of writers searching for Nora. Why this fascination to find Nora, a woman who...

The Trumpet of Nordland

Book review Andy Meyer The Norwegian American As a scholar of literature, I’ve long been susceptible to Romantic impulses, so it should come as no surprise that I am drawn to the northern reaches...

No surrender

No Surrender

Book review M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway No Surrender is a new translation into English of Vi ga oss ikke (literally “We didn’t surrender”), a first hand story told in 1945 by Hans Cappelen...

The Whisperer

The Whisperer by Karin Fossum

Book review Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. Karin Fossum continues to deserve the title of Norway’s Queen of Crime. Her latest novel, The Whisperer, is a riveting read. As usual, she reveals the perpetrator...

The Iron Chariot

Is this the greatest Norsk crime novel?

Our reviewer calls The Iron Chariot good but not a candidate for all-time best Thor A. Larsen Fishkill, N.Y. I have read many Norwegian mysteries, all written in the last 40 years. So when...

Beginner's Norwegian

Beginner’s Norwegian

Book review: Beginner’s Norwegian by Laura Ziukaite-Hansen Margo Sorenson Mukilteo, Wash. Anyone wanting to learn Norwegian probably has a really good reason to do so—mostly involved with family and ancestry—because since most Norwegians are...

North by Northwestern

Adventure and nostalgia aboard

Book review: North by Northwestern Doug Warne KKNW Scandinavian Hour For some readers, the book North by Northwestern will be a chance to get behind the scenes of the popular TV Discovery series The...

2019 summer reading guide

Summer reading guide 2019: staff picks

Need a book? Look no further: here are the 2019 summer reading guide recommendations from The Norwegian American staff! The Ice Laline Paull The Ice an eco-thriller set in Svalbard’s near future, asks what...

Sámi folktales now available in English

By the fire Jim Dietz-Kilen Des Moines, Iowa By the Fire is a compilation of Sámi stories collected by Danish artist and ethnographer Emilie Demant Hatt and her husband, Dr. Gedmund Hatt, in the...

Lily Huckleberry

A Huckleberry good adventure story

Book review Cynthia Elyce Rubin The Norwegian American Lily lives in a village where “flowers grow as big as trees.” Here she meets Freia, who celebrates midsummer by wearing a flower crown, eating strawberry...