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A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland

A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland

by T.K Derry

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 447 PAGES

Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds. (SCN03, $25.00)

Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga

Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga

by William Fitzhugh | Elisabeth Ward

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An extensively illustrated volume of Viking culture, history and exploration that focuses especially on voyages to North America. Published in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit, it features essays and 400 color photographs. (VIK11, $34.95)

Insight Guide Scandinavia

Insight Guide Scandinavia

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

From Denmark to Sweden, Norway and Finland, this guide introduces the region with outstanding color maps and photographs. (SCN22, $23.99)

Scandinavia Map

Scandinavia Map

by Michelin

  • 2012
  • MAP

With an index, area maps and table of driving times and distances, this handy, frequently updated map covers all of Scandinavia, including Finland, at a scale of 1:1.5 million on one side of the sheet. (SCN16, $12.95)

 
Culture Smart! Sweden

Culture Smart! Sweden


by Charlotte J. DeWitt

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This concise no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture includes a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (SWE45, $9.95)

Kitchen of Light: The New Scandinavian Cooking

Kitchen of Light: The New Scandinavian Cooking


by Andreas Viestad

  • FOOD
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

By a celebrated Norwegian food writer, this handsomely illustrated compendium pairs recipes with an engaging history of Scandinavian cuisine. (SCN51, $25.95)

A History of the Vikings

A History of the Vikings


by Gwyn Jones

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 504 PAGES

Jones integrates history and archaeology in this classic portrait of the Vikings. (VIK20, $18.95)

Countrymen

Countrymen


by Bo Lidegaard

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 396 PAGES

The remarkable story of how Denmark saved its Jewish population by allowing the Nazi forces to control the country's agricultural production in exchange for neutrality and respect for the Danish constitution. (DMK47, $28.95)

Cross and Scepter, The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation

Cross and Scepter, The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation


by Sverre Bagge

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

In his scholarly Scandinavian history from the Vikings to the Reformation, Sverre Bagge spends little time with myths, instead focusing on the development of northern European societies and their rise from the Dark Ages. (SCN81, $29.95)

How to Be Danish, A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark

How to Be Danish, A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark


by Patrick Kingsley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

Patrick Kingsley interviews a wide variety of Danes, from Copenhagen to a variety of places, including the so-called "happiest town in the world," introducing a homogenized yet highly intricate Danish culture. (DMK46, $16.00)

King Harald's Saga

King Harald's Saga


by Magnus Magnusson | Paulsson Herman | Snorri Sturlusson | Hermann Palsson

  • HISTORY
  • 1976
  • PAPER
  • 178 PAGES

A classic biography of the last Viking warrior King Harald and an account of the 1066 conflict between Norway and England. (NOR19, $14.00)

Norway to America, A History of the Migration

Norway to America, A History of the Migration


by Ingrid Semmingsen

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1980
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The story of Norwegian immigration to the United States, describing the lifestyles known to the first pioneers in the Midwest and on the West Coast and relating their experiences in light of their ties back home. (NOR33, $16.95)

Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings

Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings


by John Haywood

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

The history of the Vikings told through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. This book traces the routes of the ninth-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and onto the New World. (VIK02, $22.00)

Stockholm, A Cultural History

Stockholm, A Cultural History


by Tony Griffiths

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A literary, cultural guide to the art, architecture, traditions and history of Stockholm. (SWE57, $17.95)

The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia


by Michael Booth

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 448 PAGES
  • COMING IN JANUARY

Guardian journalist Michael Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history and his own experiences in Nordic regions in this searing cultural portrait. (SCN83, $26.00)

The Vikings

The Vikings


by Else Roesdahl

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

This well-written look at Norse civilization goes beyond the limited view of the ruthless Viking invaders, creating a full picture of the vibrant, artistic, agricultural and exploratory culture (VIK09, $18.00)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

The Fellowship of Ghosts, Travels in the Land of Midnight Sun

The Fellowship of Ghosts, Travels in the Land of Midnight Sun


by Paul Watkins

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 233 PAGES

Novelist Watkins tries his hand at travel, interweaving a memoir of his own experiences in Norway with those of early eccentric visitors. His solo wanderings also take into account the beautiful Norwegian countryside, with vivid descriptions of dramatic cliffs and expansive snowfields. (NOR35, $17.00)

We Die Alone

We Die Alone


by David Howarth

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Howarth's riveting account of determination and valor in Nazi-occupied Norway follows Jan Baalrud's extraordinary escape by ski across the Lyngen Alps. (NOR14, $16.95)

Christina, Queen Of Sweden, The Restless Life Of A European Eccentric

Christina, Queen Of Sweden, The Restless Life Of A European Eccentric


by Veronica Buckley

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

A biography of the notoriously moody and flighty Queen of Sweden, Christina, who abdicated the throne, converted to Roman Catholicism and lived out the rest of her life immersed in the theater world of Rome. (SWE82, $15.99)

In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream

In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream


by Eric Dregni

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 195 PAGES

A Minnesotan of Norwegian extraction, Dregni writes entertainingly of Norwegian culture and the immigrant experience in this delightful account of a year living with his wife and infant son in Trondheim on a Fulbright scholarship. (NOR68, $22.95)

Isak Dinesen, The Life of a Storyteller

Isak Dinesen, The Life of a Storyteller


by Judith Thurman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 495 PAGES

A Danish aristocrat who wrote in English and lived for many years in Kenya, Isak Dinesen lived on the international stage. (DMK17, $23.00)

Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark


by Mary Wollstonecraft | William Godwin

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 129 PAGES

Groundbreaking feminist Wollstonecraft records her observations of a late 18th-century journey through Scandinavia in this small masterpiece, rich in detail of people and place. (SCN04, $16.95)

Missing

Missing


by Karin Alvtegen

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

Set in contemporary Stockholm, this tautly constructed tale marks the U.S. debut of Karin Alvtegen -- Sweden's Queen of Crime. Intricately poltted and emotionally complex. (SWE47, $14.95)

Mysteries

Mysteries


by Knut Hamsun | Sverre Lyngstad

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

An odd character settles in a small Norwegian village and charms the locals. First published in 1890, this book is an insightful look at life in Norway and our favorite of Hamsun's many novels. (NOR08, $16.00)

Norwegian Folk Tales

Norwegian Folk Tales


by Peter Asbjornsen

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1982
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES

This rich collection of stories, interpreted by a leading scholar on ancient traditions and tales, will delight both adults and children. (NOR06, $15.95)

Out Stealing Horses

Out Stealing Horses


by Per Petterson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 258 PAGES

A deliberate and astonishing novel. Looking back on his early childhood in rural Norway, Trond Sander fixates on a fateful childhood summer. In 1948, after the death of a child, his father's decision to abandon the family and the crippling guilt of his best friend, the course of Sander's life would be altered forever. (NOR66, $15.00)

Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow


by Peter Hoeg

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Set in Denmark and Greenland and aboard a secret ship, this page-turner, out in a 20th anniversary edition, includes an excellent portrait of modern day Copenhagen. Beneath its eerie surface, the novel wrestles with racism and the tangled relations between Denmark and Greenland. (DMK03, $17.00)

Stockholm, City of My Dreams

Stockholm, City of My Dreams


by Pers Anders Fogelstrom

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Young Henning Nilsson arrives in Stockholm on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, eager for success, love and a fully experienced life in this Swedish classic of historical realist fiction, happily now available in an English translation. (SWE22, $21.95)

The Saga of the Volsungs

The Saga of the Volsungs


by Jesse Byock

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 145 PAGES

A piece full of traditional lore, including runic knowledge, jealousies of princes, betrayals, unrequited love, the vengeance of a Barbarian queen, the greed of Attila the Hun and the mythic deeds of a dragon-slayer. (SCN05, $21.95)

The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen

The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen


by Hans Christian Andersen | Diana Crone Frank | Jeffrey Frank

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 293 PAGES
  • FAMILY

A newly refurbished collection of 22 tales, adroitly retranslated by Diana and Jeffrey Frank and with the original illustrations. (DMK27, $23.95)

Winter's Tales

Winter's Tales


by Isak Dinesen

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A collection of 11 haunting short stories by the Danish writer most famous as Karen Blixen. With their Nordic settings, the Gothic tales draw upon the folk tradition and myths of Denmark. Originally published in 1942. (DMK25, $16.00)

Through the Eyes of the Vikings, An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands

Through the Eyes of the Vikings, An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands


by Robert B. Haas

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

In this captivating collection of oversized aerial photographs, Haas (Through the Eyes of the Gods) reveals the surprising diversity of color and life in the arctic landscape, including Norwegian fjords, Alaskan tundras and Swedish waterscapes. (ARC270, $50.00)

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide


by Tony Soper | Dan Powell

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland. (ATL26, $25.99)

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