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Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America by [Dregni, Eric Dregni]
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"While reading Vikings in the Attic, I solved two family mysteries and added at least ten new jokes to my act." —Louie Anderson


"Dregni’s survey is a serious and interesting exploration of why Scandinavians settled in the Upper Midwest." —Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune



"Vikings in the Attic, for all its humor and laughter generating incongruities, is a serious book, raising important issues of national identity." —Nordic Notes

About the Author

Aside from barely edible fish and rhubarb malts, Eric Dregni has other obsessions ranging from futuristic jet packs and oversized fiberglass town monuments to Zamboni ice resurfacers. He has turned his fixations into sixteen books, including four previous titles with the University of Minnesota Press: In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream, Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary Capital, Midwest Marvels, and Minnesota Marvels. He lives in Minneapolis, is dean of the Italian Concordia Language Village, and is assistant professor of English and journalism at Concordia University in St. Paul.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8307 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (April 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JXHARE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Vikings In The Attic" is full of fun stories, history, and information. It's a great read, especially if you didn't grow up Scandinavian and then acquire some by marriage. If you did grow up Scandinavian, you will still learn a lot and have quite a few laughs along the way. Wish I'd had this book when my brother first married a Johnson girl.
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I gave the book 4 stars with the assumption that the reader will have a Scandinavian relationship. I am from Iowa with Norwegian ancestors. If the reader is a Midwesterner of Scandinavian descent then the book will be a hoot, a really good read with lots of interesting detail and stories. It is a light, fun read.
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I laughed while reading this wondering to myself if Eric had ever met my own Swedish relatives! It's lighthearted but with such honesty and truthfulness that if you have any Scandinavian ancestors you will surely appreciate these tales. A bit long in parts, but I guess that's what makes it thorough and believable. A good read to pass around the family and share.
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Quite an interesting book describing the impact that the Scandinavian immigrants had on life in America.

Of particular interest are the parts about how the coop movement, imported from Scandinavia, impacted many fields from food shops to schools and hospitals.
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Very informative. Glad I bought it, it was in very good shape. Lots of information I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT. I will sahring information with friends.
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I loved this book. I learned many facts I did not know about my Norwegian heritage and what Norwegians experienced coming to American. The descriptions are priceless!
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If you are or know or love someone whose background is Scandinavian, you know there is a special something, a different whimsy in the sense of humor that separates the Scandinavian from the rest. You will snicker, chortle, belly laugh and sigh, occasionally shed a sentimental tear and thoroughly enjoy this engaging read. Excellent bedtime reading after a stressful day. It may make you want to write down those family anecdotes you bring out everytime the family gathers together becuse you have "Vikings in the Attic", too.
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This is a great read for anyone with relatives from Minnesota or lives there. I have snorted out loud, laughing at the food section alone. Thanks for the informative book on my crazy viking family!
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