Scandinavian Book Club

Usually the 3rd Monday of the Month (See dates listed below)

Interested in books that depict historical and cultural aspects of Nordic life, including a few Nordic noir crime novels?   If so, you are invited to attend our meetings.  Read the book – then come and join in the discussion.  Books are selected by our members.

Here are the books and dates for our upcoming meetings:

21or06pfll-_bo1204203200_Apr 17, 2017 – Red Moon over White Sea by Laila Hietamies – White Sea Karelia, also called Viena, is located just south of the White Sea.  Viena is famed for its epic Kalevala poetry.  It has always straddled the divide between Russia and Finland, between East and West.  A son of Viena, once lost to emigration to Canada, returns a rich man to build a house never seen before in Viena.  His granddaughter grows into a beautiful woman whose future holds much promise.  However, the Russian Revolution in 1917 and Finland’s Civil War in 1918 bring radical change.

May 15, 2017 – Potluck at 6 pm followed by book discussion – Blackwater by Kristin Ekman – On Midsummer’s Eve, 1974, Annie Raft arrives with her daughter Mia in a remote Swedish village of Blackwater to join her lover Dan on a nearby commune.  On her journey through the deep forest, she stumbles upon the site of a grisly double murder–a crime that will remain unsolved for nearly twenty years, until the day Annie sees her grown daughter in the arms of one man she glimpsed in the forest that eerie midsummer night.

June, July, August 2017 – NO MEETINGS

Books read in the past include:

  • Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason
  • Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  • Kristin Lavransdatter, Book 2 – The Wife by Sigrid Undset
  • Kristin Lavransdatter, Book 1 – The Wreath by Sigrid Undset
  • Lucifer’s Tears by James Thompson
  • Snow Angels by James Thompson
  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
  • The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
  • Miss Julie by August Strindberg
  • The Shetland Bus by David Howarth
  • Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie by O. E. Rolvaag
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  • The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
  • The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum
  • Song of the Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown
  • Independent People by Halldór Laxness
  • Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
  • Pelle the Conqueror: Childhood by Martin Anderson Nexo
  • My Mother Gets Married by Moa Martinson
  • The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Nancy Marie Brown
  • To Siberia by Per Petterson
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
  • Hannah’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson
  • Sunpath by Michael Maryk
  • Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
  • The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg
  • Unto A Good Land by Vilhelm Moberg
  • The Settlers by Vilhelm Moberg
  • The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley
  • The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen
  • Royal Physician’s Visit by Per Olov Enquist
  • Seal Woman by Solveig Eggerz
  • God’s Mercy by Kerstin Ekman
  • The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness
  • The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen

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