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Scandinavian Readers - next meeting Monday, July 18th, 2022

Scandinavian Readers meet monthly to discuss a book of the month. The topic is usually Scandinavian fiction or nonfiction that has been translated into English, but other books are occasionally selected. The Readers group meets on the 3rd Monday morning of every month. If interested in Scandinavian books you're welcome to join us at any of our meetings. We welcome anyone with an interest in Scandinavian literature. Please contact Liv Ramstad at for the location and time of the meeting.

Next meeting: Monday July 18th, 2022 at IKEA Restaurant, West Chester, OH at 1 p.m.

We will talk about the book The Trouble With Happiness, and other stories, by Tove Ditlevsen

The Trouble with Happiness is a short-story collection from Tove Ditlevsen, the acclaimed author of the Copenhagen Trilogy

A newly married woman longs, irrationally, for a silk umbrella; a husband chases away his wife’s beloved cat; a betrayed mother impulsively sacks her housekeeper. Underneath the surface of these precisely observed tales of marriage and family life in mid-century Copenhagen pulse currents of desire, violence, and despair, as women and men struggle to escape from the roles assigned to them and dream of becoming free and happy—without ever truly understanding what that might mean.

Tove Ditlevsen is one of Denmark’s most famous and beloved writers, and her autobiographical Copenhagen Trilogy was hailed as a masterpiece on re-publication in English, lauded for its wry humor, limpid prose, and powerful honesty. The poignant and understated stories in The Trouble with Happiness, written in the 1950s and 1960s and never before translated into English, offer listeners a new chance to encounter the quietly devastating work of this essential 20th Century writer.

August 15: And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A novella by Fredrik Backman

July 18: Short stories from the Danish book The Trouble With Happiness, and other stories, by Tove Ditlevsen

June, 2022: Mirror Shoulder Signal, a Novel by Dorthe Nors (Danish) (at Wilmington library)

May 2022: Hotel Silence by Audur Olafsdottir (Icelandic)

April 2022: Bicycling with Butterflies by Sara Dykman

March 2022: The Sound of Language by Amulya Mallodi

February 2022: The Accidental Further Adventures of a 100 year old man by Jonas Jonasson (Swedish)

December 2021: Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas.
(The Hallmark movie based on this book is titled Christmas with Holly.)

November 2021: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

October 2021: Swedes Hollow by Ola Larsmo.

September 2021: The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon.

August 2021: The Story of More by Hope Jahren; Praise to the natural world and encouragement for others to follow, with consideration of climate change, by the esteemed author of the March 2021 book selection.

July 2021: A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson, a murder mystery; Publisher states: Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Family asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?

May 2021: Anxious People, a novel by Swedish author Fredrick Backman; Publisher Simon & Schuster says: Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.

April 2021: What Linnaeus Saw is a scientist's Quest to Name Every Living Thing by Karen Magnuson Beil, a biography of Carl Linnaeus

March 2021: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, an American of Norwegian descent is a scientist's memoir and expression of praise to the natural world. A geochemist and geobiologist, Professor Jahren now teaches and has established the Jahren Lab at the University of Oslo in Norway.

February 2021: Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford, historical fiction. This is not a Scandinavian book. It takes place in London, 1924, and involves the beginning years of the BBC.