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Scandinavian Readers

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, currently on Zoom. 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 more information.

We will not have a Readers meeting in June.

Our next meeting will be on July 19

Book: A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

"Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him? Stella's father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defense attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter, while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. 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?"-- Publisher's description

Previous book selections:

May: 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 hopeā€”the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.

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

March: 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.