As the summer solstice approaches, our mind turns northwards to Norway, the Land of the Midnight Sun And indeed, we are not alone: the New Yorker recently published an article by Pulitzer Prizer winner Kathryn Schulz examining the historical pull of the Arctic.
Whether you want to visit Norway in person or simply escape the city heat with the power of your mind, here are our selection of best books on Norway currently in stock.
The Rough Guide to Norway. Rough Guides are known for specializing in outdoor activities and adventures, and Norway is the perfect place to connect with the great outdoors. This guide features a lighthouse-cum-hotel, the best spots for spotting polar bears, and advice for where to find the most picturesque fishing villages and sublime vistas. Guaranteed to make you want to buy a ticket now!
The Lure of the North. This slim volume collects several essays written by intrepid nineteenth-century travelers who headed to the then-perilous destinations of Norway and other countries in the Arctic Circle. Includes advice for “Unprotected Females,” which I think includes all females these days!
Letters Written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft. Unprotected female Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of future literary star Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, wrote these letters while on a quixotic mission to recover the silver from a ship that had disappeared. She had recently attempted suicide and hoped to collect the silver, which belonged to a lover whose affection was fading, in an attempt to win him back. Adventure and personal discovery followed.
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman. At just eighteen, Braverman moved from sunny California to arctic Norway. Her mission was to become a sled dog driver, and her difficult physical and emotional journey is the subject of this memoir. Wonderful choice for the valiant woman in your life. Unprotected females rule. Just saying.
The North Water by Ian McGuire. But enough about valiant women! This much-lauded new novel is amongst the most proudly macho we’ve ever read. And that’s not a bad thing! Set on a whaling ship in the 1860s, this novel evokes Moby Dick without conjuring up the soporific effect Melville has on some of us. From descriptions of fetid, violent battles between shiphands to descriptions of fetid, violent battles between whales and deckhands to descriptions of fetid, violent battles between bears and opium addicts…well…you get it. Adventure! And more descriptions of unpleasant smells than you might have thought possible.