Category: Books

Book cover: Snowblind

A classic whodunnit in small-town Iceland

Book review: Snowblind Christine Foster Meloni Washington Snowblind is a spellbinding thriller by Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jónasson. It is the first novel in the author’s Dark Iceland Series, which is set in the...

Yggdrasill

Scholar examines roots of Yggdrasill

Norwegian author Maria Kvilhaug views Norse myths anew, in English-language book M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Yggdrasill, from the Old Norse, is a gigantic, mythical ash tree that interconnects the nine realms of Norse...

Rett Vest book cover

On the Road, Norwegian Style

Book review: Rett Vest, Cape Cod til Big Sur M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In the spring of 2008, Norwegian author Morten A. Strøksnes drove across the continental USA, tasked with “researching America and...

My European Family

My European Family

Book review Judith Gabriel Vinje Los Angeles The age-old question—How did we get here?—fueled a Scandinavian science editor’s search for her roots as she explored the genetic, social, and cultural threads that connect and...

Exile Air Book Cover

Exile Air tells the story of Little Norway

Book review Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’Alene, Idaho “We Norwegians who are present have no more homes—our dear ones whom we left behind in Norway live under tyrants. But we stand here today resolved...

Ali's Bees

Learning from Bees

Book review: Ali’s Bees Rosalie Grosch Arden Hills, Minn. After Ali loses his parents in war he goes to live in America with his grandfather, Mohammad Salam. As an awkward middle-school student who has...

Seeds on Ice

More than a coffee table book: Seeds on Ice

Book review Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. At first glance one would take Seeds on Ice to be a coffee-table book, given its format and gorgeous, glossy color photos. But while skimming through the...

Dictionary of Newfoundland English

Dictionary of drift

The Dictionary of Newfoundland English shows how languages can evolve M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Contact early in the histories of languages spoken on the shores of the North Sea led to similarities in...

A Man Called Ove

Don’t wait; meet Ove

Book review: A Man Called Ove Doug Warne KKNW Scandinavian Hour The last couple of years I’ve been hearing references to this man called Ove, but I hadn’t taken the time to look him...

Cover of "Nørth."

Book Review: “Nørth”

Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. After the avalanche of recent books on how everything is better in Scandinavia, some of us may be feeling a certain angst: Are we really Nordic enough? Do our homes...