Category: Books

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...

Don’t miss this bio of author Sigrid Undset

New in English Eric Stavney Mukilteo, Wash. Some years ago I read Kristin Lavransdatter, that classic trilogy of historical novels written by Sigrid Undset. . I remembered being magically transported to Norway of the...

“The Ice Palace”

Tarjei Vesaas’s classic novel is a haunting tale of friendship and secrecy that lasts beyond death Christine Foster Meloni Washington Tarjei Vesaas is widely acknowledged as the greatest Norwegian writer of the 20th century....

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...