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Essays and Nonfiction

Swedish Immigrants Tell Their Stories

A new book by Oregon writer Lars Nordström examines Swedish immigration to the United States in the post-Vietnam War era. Ten immigrants — five women and five men — share their stories of how they came to leave their native country and settle in the Pacific Northwest.

Swedish Oregon

Author, editor and translator Lars Nordström has compiled Swedish Oregon, an overview of Swedish immigration to the state which includes first-person accounts, articles and poetry. For anyone interested in the Pacific Northwest or in Swedish immigration history. The book can be ordered directly from the publisher, Swedish Roots in Oregon.

The Key to IKEA

One of the basic texts of 20th-century Swedish design, Ellen Key’s Beauty in the Home (1899), has now been translated into English by Anne-Charlotte Harvey. This essay is included in Modern Swedish Design. Three Founding Texts, published by the Museum of Modern Art, 2008.