For a general book about Central and Inner Sogn, we can highly recommend 52 Opplevingar (Experiences/Adventures) i Sogn by the journalist Frode Aga and the photographer Olav Øygard published by Skald in Leikanger in 2008. This book is in Norwegian with excellent summaries in English and covers five main subjects: Nature, History, Taste of Sogn, Culture and Activities. Even for a veteran Sogning, this book has left me with a long list of things to do and experience on my next trip to Sogn!
In English & Norwegian
More than 300 authentic recipes gathered from throughout Norway. 208 pages, 16 pages in full color, hardback. Appetizers, main courses, breads, lefser, flatbread, soups, salads, desserts, pastries, cakes, cookies and candies. Special Help chapter, Party chapter, source section, temperatures, weights and measures conversions. English and Norwegian headings with seperate index.
In English & Norwegian.
A fun collection of travel journals, poetry and short stories, celebrating Norway, nature and the charm of the early North Dakota prairie.
Kings of Norway and its accompanying 3 CDs feature bilingual text, bilingual audio, and full colored illustrations of 57 kings and one queen who ruled Norway from circa 875 to present. Utilizing visual art along with both written and audio storytelling allows the non-fiction book to be used as a unique language-learning tool. Appealing to readers of all ages on both sides of the Atlantic, the dual English and Norwegian language format is ideal for first-year Norwegian classes, language camps, and heritage and cultural programs. New off the press in 2006, the 128-page, full-colored, hard-cover book includes the bilingual text and singing of both Astri, My Astri and Astri, Mi Astri by Klang Male Chorus.
In English & Norwegian. (includes 3 audio CDs)
The complete and astounding true story behind the epic classic We Die Alone.
"I remember reading We Die Alone in 1970 and I could never forget it. Then when we went to Norway to do a docudrama, people told us again and again that certain parts were pure fiction. Since I was a Norwegian that was not good enough; I had to find the truth. I sincerely believe we did,” writes author Astrid Karlsen Scott. Defiant Courage is the true story of what Jan Baalsrud endured as he tried to escape from the Gestapo in Norway’s Troms District.
In late March 1943, in the midst of WWII, four Norwegian saboteurs arrived in northern Norway on a fishing cutter and set anchor in Toftefjord to establish a base for their operations. However, they were betrayed, and a German boat attacked the cutter, creating a battlefield and spiraling Jan Baalsrud into the adventure of his life. The only survivor and wounded, Baalsrud begins a perilous journey to freedom, swimming icy fjords, climbing snow-covered peaks, enduring snowstorms, and getting caught in a monstrous avalanche. Suffering from snowblindness and frostbite, more than sixty people of the Troms District risk their lives to help Baalsrud to freedom. Meticulously researched for more than five years, Karlsen Scott and Haug bring forth the truth behind this captivating, edge-of-your-seat, real-life survival story. 100 black-and-white photographs and maps.
Winner of two National Awards, History of the Norwegian Settlements provides an engaging and enthusiastic depiction of the struggles as well as the triumphs of pioneer life. The 63-chapter non-fiction book lets readers trace the trails of 3,800 indexed immigrants through Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and the Dakotas as they explore new frontiers and build new communities. Along the way lurk killer diseases, grasshopper plagues, prairie fires and loneliness. New off the press in 2006, the 512-page hard-cover book includes old 1901 maps, lithographs and a 32-page full-colored insert containing 18 fylker (district) and 433 kommuner (municipality) maps of Norway.
In this book Johs. B. Thue invites you to join him on his voyage on the express boat from Bergen northwards along the coastline before speeding east into the Sognefjord itself. There you can become acquainted with modern industrial towns, isolated hamlets, and vertical mountainsides. He would also like to show you stave churches and fairy-tale hotel buildings, and also give you the chance to taste local traditional food. Through seven richly illustrated chapters the writer shares with you his subjective travel experiences from personal, local, and historical perspectives.
This is not merely a family chronicle, but a very interesting account of Margie’s ancestors coming to America. Her family name is from the Lia farm in Lesja, upper Gudbrandsdal, but she had a great-great grandmother, Ranghild Kappadal, who came from one of Norway’s most inaccessible mountain farms in Aurland. Brekke Tours had a large family group to that farm in 2002--to be featured in Norwegian-American Weekly this month, March 2012. Margie’s great-great grandfather, Ragnhild’s husband, was Johannes Hansen Fedje, from Feios, Vik in Sogn.
Norwegian & English Summary.
This book is the culmination of 40 years of landscape and interior paintings of Sigmund Aarseth's genre paintings of Norway. He paints mostly alla prima or plein air throughout the countryside near his home in Valdres, Norway, or throughout Europe. His paintings plein air of open air museums which are one of Norway's most precious assets are some of his most valuable and beloved works. He paints quickly with large brushes and a sure hand which illuminates quick and beautifully his choice of season and the influence of old Norway in his work. His paintings range from lively florals with the beautiful old log houses and stabburs in the background, to the cold and icy winters with a log cottage, its grass topped roof filled with soft piled up snow and smoke curling from its chimney. The Norwegian who is lucky enough to experience this ambiance will love its chronicle in paint. The home-sick Scandinavian will love having this reminder of home on their coffee table to remind them of another age and another place when life was simpler, less hectic and more magical. An important book chronicling the history of Norway through one artist's eyes.
In English & Norwegian
North Dakota is one of the most rural and agricultural states in America. It is also the state with the highest percentage of Norwegian-Americans. Nearly 30% of the population claim ethnic roots in Norway. Norwegian Footprints was created on the prairies of North Dakota by photographer Jan Johannessen and journalist Espen A. Hansen. Through photographs taken and texts written during seven visits to the state, the two have created a snapshot of Norwegian Americans in North Dakota at the turn of the century.
In English & Norwegian.