Category: Books

An atypical betrayal

Book review John Sealy’s The Betrayal of Norway, published this spring, is surprisingly less about Quisling in WWII than the historically fictional account of Captain Wilhelm Schmidt of the German occupation force, who arrived...

The Saboteur

The Saboteur

Book review Thor A. Larsen Fishkill, N.Y. The incredible feat in 1943 by Norwegian saboteurs to destroy the cylinders of “heavy water” being created at the hydroelectric power plant in Vemork, near Rjukan, has...

The Boy at the Door

Boy is a new must-read Nordic Noir

Book review Janell Pape Bradley Wadena, Iowa Alex Dahl’s first novel, The Boy at the Door, released this July in both Norwegian and English, has been described as a gritty novel of psychological suspense....

Norwegian American summer reading

Summer reading guide 2018: staff picks

Need a book? Arm yourself against boredom with summer reading recommendations from The Norwegian American staff! We recommend: The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt Artist Harriet Burden has had scant success in the New...

American by Day, Norwegian by Night

Miller’s linked mysteries compare and contrast Norway and America from both sides Christine Foster Meloni Washington Novelist Derek Miller has written two riveting novels that reflect his deep understanding of the Norwegian and American...

A brilliant concept, executed perfectly

Carl Frode Tiller’s Encircling trilogy features a protagonist in search of himself Erik Simon New York The conceit alone of Carl Frode Tiller’s The Encircling Trilogy is brilliant: David, thirtysomething, has lost his memory,...

The Almost Nearly Perfect People

Booth’s less than glowing exploration of Scandinavia is garnering mixed reviews M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway At home in Copenhagen in April 2006, British journalist and travel writer Michael Booth opened the day’s newspaper...

Only bad parenting

Anna Oksnevad Minneapolis I grew up in a large family with younger siblings who I helped babysit, and I’ve taken notes watching those around me become new parents. I thought I had an idea...

Mark Sandberg on Ibsen’s architecture

When a house is not a home Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Theatre for a New Audience has been producing theatrical masterworks throughout New York City for over 30 years, and in 2013 the theater...

Cod causes smiles

Book review David Moe Sun City, Calif. This is a humorous book written by a serious writer, Eric Dregni. In my home, we have it on our nightstand to read a chapter before we...