Category: Books

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...

Staalesen

Staalesen still wows

Book review Thor A. Larsen Fishkill, N.Y. Gunnar Staalesen has been writing crime novels for more than 40 years. Private detective Varg Veum, protagonist of his first crime novel, is back in Big Sister....

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn

Book review Thor A. Larsen Fishkill, N.Y. Agnes Ravatn is a new Norwegian novelist for me and after reading her first novel translated into English, I look forward to future works by this up...

Badda’s Buddy

Book review Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Lois Tonnessen Andersen is a visual artist living in Concord, Mass. She works in a variety of media and most recently self-published a children’s book. The book, which...

Tales of Norway

Move aside, cotton-candy haired trolls

Tales from Norway: of Vikings, Gods, Giants and Trolls tells Norse mythology like it is Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. It is nice to have a children’s book dedicated to Norwegian mythology rooted in fact....

Jo Nesbø’s latest thriller is a classic

The Norwegian noir writer provides his take on Shakespeare’s MacBeth Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. The best-selling Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbø was the perfect choice to rewrite one of literature’s most famous tales...