Scandinavian Connections

By Fair Isle Books

By Fair Isle Books

Winter's Children: A Celebration of Nordic Skiing

Ryan Rodgers

$34.95 $32.15

The University of Minnesota Press celebrates this wonderful winter sport still enjoyed by so may on our island.

When We Were Vikings

Andrew David MacDonald

$27.00 $24.84

A new title with real facts about Vikings in this novel told through the voice of a young woman with fetal alcohol syndrom. It is witty and endearing - a great addition to the Nordic novel offerings out there.

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country

Helen Russell

$16.95 $15.59

This title is vetted by Deb's daughter Shelby who lived in Denmark during college - she says it's spot on.

Bakeland: Nordic Treats Inspired by Nature

Marit Hovland

$30.00 $27.60

Truly the most beautiful baking book I've seen, and Austin has tried many recipes and claims they are easier than they look!

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Jonas Jonasson

$16.99 $15.63

A pure burst of laughter for folks who could use one.

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

Michael Booth

$19.00 $17.48

A British man married a Danish woman and we got this book. Looks at the "family analogy" common in Scandinavia to describe the various cultures. Reads like a humorous Bill Bryson book with an insider's info.

Norwegian by Night, 2

Derek B. Miller

$15.99 $14.71

A mystery offering beloved by the masses and popular in the shop.

The Little Book of Fika: The Uplifting Daily Ritual of the Swedish Coffee Break

Lynda Balslev

$9.99 $9.19

Folks enjoy Fika - baked goods and coffee -at both the Island Cafe and the Red Cup - here's a way to bring it into your home.

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

Anu Partanen

$16.99 $15.63

Why are those countries always at the top of the happiness lists? This book lays it out.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

Meik Wiking

$19.99 $18.39

Capture the coziness the Dane's excel at - lots of ideas in this one, many of which Shelby continues to practice after her study in Denmark.

The Finnish Way: Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness Through the Power of Sisu

Katja Pantzar

$17.00 $15.64

Move over Hygge, Sisu is on it's way to taking your spot out of the headlines. Always good to have another option to replicate Scandinavian happiness!

The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman

Nancy Marie Brown

$17.99 $16.55

Those Vikings weren't all men - here's fascinating nonfiction for history buffs and all.

Norse Mythology

Neil Gaiman

$15.95 $14.67

Mythology captured by best selling author Neil Gaiman.

Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life

Niki Brantmark

$19.99 $18.39

The Sweedish version of happiness making.

Independent People

Halldor Laxness

$18.00 $16.56

Our island Icelandic heritage celbrated in this classic novel by the Nobel Prize winner.

Kristin Lavransdatter, I: The Wreath

Sigrid Undset

$16.00 $14.72

The Norwegian classic novel - this is the first of the 4 volumnes.

Treasury of Norse Mythology: Stories of Intrigue, Trickery, Love, and Revenge

Donna Napoli and Christina Balit

$24.99 $22.99

A contemporary exploration of Norse Mythology for kids.

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths

Edgar Parin D'Aulaire and Ingri D'Aulaire

$29.95 $27.55

A Nordic version of the famous Greek Mythology volume.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

Margareta Magnusson

$19.98 $18.38

A Scandinavian alternative to the famous Japanese cleaning book that urged us to watch for items that "spark joy"

The Summer Book

Tove Jansson

$14.95 $13.75

A wonderful summer read about life on an island with a grandmonther and granddaughter from the famous Swedish speaking Finnish citizen Tove Jansson.


Karl Ove Knausgaard


Another in the seasonal series by Knausgaard which was written to capture observations for his unborn child.


Karl Ove Knausgaard

$18.00 $16.56

Knausgaard is revered for his ability to describe detail and bring others into his world. He is a contemporary Norwegian author.