Author Archives: Lucy Pollard-Gott

About Lucy Pollard-Gott

Author of The Fictional 100.

Sigrid Undset’s Other Masterpiece – The Master of Hestviken – Vol. 1: The Axe

The Axe (The Master of Hestviken, Vol. 1) by Sigrid Undset. Vintage, 1994. I wonder if any reader of Sigrid Undset comes to The Master of Hestviken first.  It seems that most find their way here after spending many precious hours, days, … Continue reading

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Review + Excerpt: Beatrice Ojakangas’ Food-Filled Memoir, “Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food”

Finnish-American chef and prolific cookbook author Beatrice Okajangas has gifted her loyal readers and new fans with a most beautiful and heartfelt memoir of her life in food–a well-told tale of family origins, inborn talent, opportunities seized, and hard work–flavored throughout by her own irresistible spirit. Continue reading

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Faroe Islands: “The Old Man and His Sons” by Heðin Brú #TTWIB

Brú, Heðin. The Old Man and His Sons (trans. John F. West). Telegram Books, 2013. Kindle edition. (Original work published 1940, English translation 1970) The Faroe Islands, situated in the North Atlantic halfway between Scotland and Iceland, still have a bit of … Continue reading

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“Independent People” by Halldór Laxness: First Impressions for #ReadNobels #TTWIB April Challenge

I have really enjoyed this month’s Travel the World in Books (#TTWIB) challenge, organized by Aloi of Guiltless Reading, who invited us to read one book by a Nobel prize-winning author. Her announcement post for April’s combined challenge has the linkups of those who … Continue reading

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#ReadNobels for Travel the World in Books in April @ Guiltless Reading

My esteemed co-host, Aloi of Guiltless Reading, is hosting our Travel the World in Books (#TTWIB) event for April, combining this ongoing challenge–to read our way around the world with diverse books–with her own fabulous challenge to read books by … Continue reading

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Travel the World in Books is Reading “An African in Greenland”

Our March 2016 Readalong selection is An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie.  I raved about this amazing travel memoir in November 2014 (see my review). Now I have the chance to share it with friends reading both fiction and nonfiction from many continents in the Travel … Continue reading

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An Estonian Tragedy–“Purge” by Sofi Oksanen

Purge, a novel by Sofi Oksanen (Trans. from the Finnish by Lola Rogers). New York: Black Cat, Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2010. (Original work Puhdistus published 2008) Purge depicts the bitter realities of Estonian life during the post-war Russian occupation and Stalinist … Continue reading

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“Babette’s Feast”: the Story and the Film

“Babette’s Feast” is a short story by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), the Danish author whose real life experiences managing a farm in British East Africa (colonial Kenya) led her to write Out of Africa (1937).  Anyone who has read that book, or … Continue reading

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2015 Reading Challenges–Nonfiction and Books in Translation (Perfect Together)

This blog is my place for visiting the “Northern Lights” countries of Scandinavia, including Iceland, by way of my dream reading list. I have books beckoning in each of my categories of literature, history, biography, travel, and food (see my … Continue reading

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“Scandinavian Christmas” by Trine Hahnemann–My first cookbook review!

Scandinavian Christmas by Trine Hahnemann, with photography by Lars Ranek. Sterling, 2013. One of the chief joys I anticipated when I started this blog devoted to a region of the world was the chance to review cookbooks! I like to … Continue reading

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