Category: Books

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...

Occupied

Occupied tells a long-held wartime secret

“Sit with me…” Rosalie Grosch Arden Hills, Minn. “Age and perspective greatly influence how people remember things, and everyone’s parents tell embellished stories,” writes author Kurt Blorstad in the opening pages of his recent...

Helene Uri

Barbara Sjoholm interviews Helene Uri

Languages, histories & parents: Barbara Sjoholm Port Townsend, Wash. As the translator of Clearing Out, I’m delighted to introduce the Norwegian author Helene Uri and her marvelously written and moving novel to a North...

Ronia

Yell with Ronia

Book review Eric Stavney Mukilteo, Wash. Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter is a charming coming-of-age story written in 1981, 36 years after Astrid Lindgren launched her popular Pippi Longstocking books. Ronia is born to a...

Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt: Gazing back at men

Book review M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In Western thought, there’s a longstanding gap between the world of the humanities and that of the sciences. British scientist and novelist C.P. Snow saw that gap...