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:

Nov 20, 2017 – A Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell – This fascinating novel is largely set in Mozambique during the early years of the 20th century.  It starts in Sweden when a young girl is sent away from her isolated rural home because her family faces famine.  She ends up on a steamer and jumps ship at a Portuguese city on the African coast where her adventures really begin.

Dec 18, 2017 – 6 pm, Dinner meeting at members home – Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck – This is a compelling historical thriller set in the 1700s in Swedish Lapland.  A family arrives from their native Finland, hoping to forget the traumas of their past and put down new roots in this harsh but beautiful land.  This is a new brand of literary northern noir that explores a world where utopia and dystopia coincide and it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.

Jan 15, 2018 – The Half-Drowned King: A Novel by Linnea Hartsuyker – An exhilarating saga of the Vikings that conjures a brutal, superstitious, and thrilling ninth-century world and the birth of Scandinavia.

Books read in the past include:

  • The Lion’s Mouth by Anne Hold
  • Blackwater by Kristin Ekman
  • Red Moon over White Sea by Laila Hietamies
  • 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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