Category: Books

Death of the Demon book cover

Death of the Demon

Book review Christine Foster Meloni Washington While Jo Nesbø is usually considered the undisputed King of the Norwegian crime novel, Anne Holt and Karin Fossum are serious contenders for the female crown. Nesbø himself...

Ancient Scandinavia

Book review Terje Birkedal Anchorage, Alaska T. Douglas Price’s book, Ancient Scandinavia: An Archaeological History from the First Humans to the Vikings, published by Oxford University Press in 2015, is the first book in...

Amerikabrev

Letters home tell an immigrant’s story

Book review M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Amerikabrev offers a new view of the great emigration from Norway, when from 1832 through 1930 more than 900,000 Norwegians left their homeland to live and work...

Norse goddesses cry, “Me too, Neil Gaiman!”

Book review Rebecca Snow Nine Mile Falls, Wash. As some readers and critics insist, Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology stories might be best appreciated via the audiobook, in the voice of Gaiman himself. They began...

History of mystery

Did Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö forever change the crime genre? You be the judge Doug Warne KKNW Scandinavian Hour I enjoy a good crime story set in Scandinavia, and currently the head of...

Marit Lund Bødtker

The chronicle of a condemned man

A Norwegian penpal’s book about the Texas prisoner she came to know over 10 years M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway An early 1993 Amnesty International Norwegian branch member news bulletin included an appeal that...

Beyond the Truth

Beyond the Truth

Book review Thor A. Larsen Fishkill, N.Y. When I am looking to read a fast-moving modern mystery in a Norwegian setting, with very little if any violence, I turn to Anne Holt. Since 1993,...

A mystery på Norsk

Tårer fra en tapt tid weaves two realities John Erik Stacy The Norwegian American What if, one day, your daily grind was interrupted by emotions and images from another life? In Tårer fra en...