The Palace of the Snow Queen: Winter Travels in Lapland and Sápmi By Barbara Sjoholm

Review by Deborah K. Frontiera This nonfiction travelog/personal story The Palace of the Snow Queen by Barbara Sjoholm details her inward and outward journeys over three winter trips above the Arctic Circle in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Originally published by Counterpoint Press in 2007, the new edition by U of…

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From Lapland to Sápmi: Collecting and Returning Sámi Craft and Culture

From lapland to Sapmi.

Review by Deborah K. Frontiera Throughout human history, stronger civilizations have taken over weaker or indigenous peoples and have then attempted to erase their existence after claiming anything of value. Yet, many of these cultures managed to endure, redefine themselves and, often, demand their culture, artifacts, and rights be returned…

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Troll Magic: Hidden Folk from the Mountains and Forests of Norway by Theodor Kittelsen, translated by Tiina Nunnally

Troll magic hidden folk from the mountains and forests of norway.

Having reviewed other titles originally from Norway, a novel and another book of folk tales that I thoroughly enjoyed, I jumped on the chance to review Troll Magic: Hidden Folk from the Mountains and Forests of Norway. I’ve always believed that folk and fairy tales are not necessarily for children….

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Olav Audunssøn: II Providence by Sigrid Undset, translated by Tiina Nunnally

The cover of providence by olav audunsson.

Review by Deborah K. Frontiera To begin this review, it is important to keep in mind that classic novels are very different from modern novels. Classics are short on action and “showing” scenes and long on backstory, detailed descriptions and explanations.  In Olav Audunssøn, the lengthy details revolve around the…

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