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Eyewitness Guide Norway

Eyewitness Guide Norway

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

This handsome, illustrated guide covers nature, culture, history and attractions. (NOR29, $25.00)

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)

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)

Norway Map

Norway Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

A handsome map of Norway at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with a place index and shaded relief. (NOR05, $12.95)

 
Insight Guide Norway

Insight Guide Norway


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 391 PAGES

Featuring concise essays on natural history, politics and culture, hundreds of photos and maps, and some limited practical information. (NOR03, $23.95)

Rough Guide Norway

Rough Guide Norway


by Jules Brown

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

This compact guide includes an excellent historical and cultural overview of Norway, with special attention to its legends and myths. It's otherwise an opinionated, thorough travel guide with region-by-region descriptions. (NOR07, $22.99)

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)

The Vikings, Lords of the Seas

The Vikings, Lords of the Seas


by Yves Cohat

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations. (VIK01, $15.95)

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)

Assault in Norway, Sabotaging the Nazi Nuclear Bomb

Assault in Norway, Sabotaging the Nazi Nuclear Bomb


by Thomas Gallagher

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES

A small team of Norwegian ski commandos on a mission to destroy the Vemork heavy water plant -- and stop the Germans from getting the atomic bomb. A gripping true story of bravery and endurance against all odds, featuring hair-raising escapades -- some of which are so outrageous they seem lifted from an action novel. Non-fiction. (NOR62, $18.95)

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)

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)

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil


by Knut Hamsun

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

The epic tale of a homesteader in the mountainous Norwegian interior, which helped win Hamsun a Nobel Prize in 1920. (NOR36, $16.00)

Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath, The Wife, The Cross

Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath, The Wife, The Cross


by Sigrid Undset | Tina Nunnally

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 1184 PAGES

A masterful historical epic by the Nobel Prize-winning author, first published in 1927. This omnibus edition follows the life of one woman from birth to death in devoutly Catholic 14th-century Norway. A cornerstone of Scandinavian literature, the trilogy is a powerful introduction to the medieval society. (NOR40, $27.00)

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)

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)

The Body in the Fjord

The Body in the Fjord


by Katherine Hall Page

  • MYSTERY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

A Faith Fairchild mystery, distinguished by its intricate plot and its setting along the fjords of Norway. Hall Page, as usual, includes a section of recipes at the end (part-time sleuth Faith Fairchild is, after all, a caterer). (NOR34, $7.99)

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 Wreath

The Wreath


by Sigrid Undset | Tina Nunnally

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 305 PAGES

A romantic masterpiece by the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian author, first published in 1927. The first volume in Undset's trilogy of historical novels recreating a woman's life during the Middle Ages in devoutly Catholic Norway. Also available are the other two parts of the trilogy, "The Mistress of Husaby" (NOR16) and "The Cross" (NOR17). (NOR10, $16.00)

Glacier Ice

Glacier Ice


by Austin Post | Edward R. LaChapelle

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 145 PAGES

A classic book of extraordinary black-and-white aerial photographs of mountains and glaciers by two devoted men of ice. Ed LaChapelle's text is paired with Austin Post's stunning aerial photographs of glaciers from Alaska and Chile to Switzerland and the Himalayas. (SCI07, $35.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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