"Scandinavian Humor" not an oxymoron in this funny, well-researched book.

Each day leading up to the April 14 announcement of the Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today we feature 2012 General Nonfiction Finalist:

Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America
Eric Dregni

University of Minnesota Press

Category Sponsor: Minnesota AFL-CIO

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Eric Dregni explores the significant—and quite often bizarre—historic sites, tales, and traditions of Scandinavia’s peculiar colony in the Midwest. The author reveals the little-known tales that lie beneath the surface of Nordic America and proves by example why generations of Scandinavian-Americans have come to love and cherish these tales and traditions so dearly.

An excerpt from Vikings in the Attic:

Where are all the Scandinavian restaurants in the Midwest? If combined, the offspring of these Nordic settlers make up the largest ethnic group in the area; why isn’t shrimp smorbrod standard fair at Perkins? Only at church basement potlucks, Christmas hooplas, and ethnic lodge meetings does the real Scandinavian inventiveness show its Jello-O laden face.

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Eric Dregni is assistant professor of English at Concordia University in Saint Paul and the author of several previous works on Nordic and Italian heritage.

Reviews:

“Startling and funny… This is a hugely enjoyable book that has plenty of history decked out in entertaining fashion. And you know what? I don’t think you have to have Scandinavian heritage to appreciate it.
– Flyoverland

“A worthy follow-up to Dregni’s In Cod We Trust, this page-turner will give Scandinavian Midwesterners a new appreciation for their unique heritage.”
– Minnesota Book Awards judge

Video:

In this book trailer for Viking in the Attic, author Eric Dregni demonstrates how Swedish egg coffee – which includes the eggshell! – is made.

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Award winners will be announced at the 24th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Saint Paul Riverfront. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. New this year: a post-awards “Epilogue Celebration.” Tickets are available online or by calling 651-222-3242. Click here for more information.

Have you read Viking in the Attic? What are your thoughts? We welcome your comments!

 

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