Bår Stenvik: THE INFORMATION

Cover of "The Information"Informasjonen
Published by Tiden Norsk Forlag, 2018

Sven left Nora. Or did Nora leave Sven? Something went wrong between them  –but what? Sven should know. He’s an expert in interpersonal communications for the company Human Content, analyzing and counseling people on body language, coaching professionals. His relationship rupture coincides with a mysterious new project, where Sven is tasked with teaching emotional expression to the artificial intelligence SAM, an experimental digital coach. As Sven’s knowledge is transferred to SAM, man and machine grow closer. But how reliable are his assessments? Why does he experience blackouts? What does the company actually want from him? And what happened to Nora?

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Marianne G. Engedal: THE SAUSAGE BURGLAR

Pølsetjuven
Published by Samlaget, 2019

Exciting about an unwilling burglar

Bill is a nine year-old boy, born into a family of burglars. But Bill doesn’t want to be a burglar. One day he has to steal from his own friend, Sausage Sam. “But I don’t want to steal from Sausage Sam,” yells  Bill, “He’s my friend!” What does he get in response? “A real burglar has to be able to steal from anyone at all!”

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Ina Tin: SAUDI ARABIA. THE SWORD AND THE VOICES

Saudi-Arabia. Sverdet og stemmene

Published by Humanist Forlag, 2018

Countries in the West share close ties with Saudi Arabia, selling weapons and advanced surveillance technologies to its autocratic royal family. As oil prices fall, Saudi is beginning to diversify its economy, but the nation’s politics are becoming more and more authoritarian – its people have no political freedoms and no freedom of speech. In this book, a portrait of the Saudi nation emerges from the stories of people whom the royal family are doing everything in their power to silence. We hear the dissenting voices of Saudi Arabia. They use mobile phones, blogs and car keys. The regime responds with God, oil and force. Everything is at stake. Not just the freedom – and lives – of those speaking out, but also the future of the nation and its surrounding region.

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Ingelin Røssland: OMG

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OMG
Published by Samlaget, 2019

A dark Christmas drama about clenched fists, blood and passion
For Maria, life is an endless party. Then one day, when she is brought home in a police car, all her partying comes to a screeching halt. Mum can’t take it anymore and sends Maria to live with her grandma with an absolute ban on mobile phones.

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Øyvind Torp: SELF DEFENCE AGAINST CANCER

HEALTH – LIFESTYLE

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Selvforsvar mot kreft
Published by Spartacus, 2019

In the summer of 2016 family doctor Øyvind Torp is in his office studying his own MR-scans. In the waiting room there are patients waiting for him to call out their name, but he is unable to gather his thoughts. The MR-scans reveal tumours. In the blink of an eye, the doctor has become the patient. The survival instinct awakens; can anything be done to improve the prognosis, when bad luck strikes?

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Bjørn Berge: NOWHERELANDS

“A fascinating philatelic journey”
“Nowherelands is a real treat, and not only for the stamp collectors among us, for the rest of us as well. The idea is so good as to make one green with envy: writing a book about countries that no longer exist. And there are many of them! … The chapter titles are a joy in themselves: “Princesses in burkas”, “Bottle flies and a thirst for oil”, “Sea cucumbers for stone money”. But nothing surpasses the place names: Inini! Ryukyu! Iquique! … Four pages are dedicated to each country and shocking world history is reeled off. Poetic descriptions and peculiar details, spiced with well-chosen quotations from both fiction and travel writers … “Nowherelands” is an exceptionally beautiful book, printed on exquisite paper. Each country comes with a map, a stamp, tips for further reading and occasionally recipes, music and film suggestions.”
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Maria Parr: THE GOALIE AND THE SEA

Keeperen og havet
Published by Samlaget 2017

‘Who normally plays in goal?’
My jaw dropped. How could he possibly not know? Everybody in the area knew that Lena was the goalie in the boys’ team. She stepped into the circle wearing her goalkeeper’s gloves and looked up defiantly at the man in the black tracksuit.
‘Me.’
‘Is that it?’

The arrival of a new football coach means dark clouds are looming over twelve-year-old Lena Lid’s goalkeeping career. In the house next door, Trille is wondering how to impress the ladies. Meanwhile, as ever, Grandpa is out at sea, looking for the biggest catch of all time and trying not to worry about getting old.

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Anja Dahle Øverbye: THE LUCKY TOOTH

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Lykketanna
Published by Samlaget, 2019

The Scary School Start
Torbjørn is six years old. This autumn he is going to start school. Everyone is asking him whether he’s excited. After all, isn’t it always exciting to become a schoolboy? But Torbjørn is dreading it. He doesn’t want to stop going to preschool, and he doesn’t want to buy a schoolbag. Why can’t he just be happy like all the other kids?

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Kari Smeland: THE CROWDIVE FAMILY and the Sneeze in the House Next Door

Cover of 'The Crowdive Family'Familien Kråkestup og nyset i nabohuset
Published by Samlaget, 2012

Are you a curious snoop? The huge and boisterous Crowdive family lives in an old and dilapidated house. There is only one other house in the neighborhood, and no one has lived there since uncle Sigurd was a boy. But one day the youngest of the twins suspects that someone has moved in.

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Terje Tvedt: THE NILE. THE RIVER OF HISTORY

CULTURAL HISTORY/TRAVELOGUE

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Nilen. Historiens elv
Published by Aschehoug, 2012.
English edition 2020.

The Nile offers a rich account of a long and fascinating history. Professor Terje Tvedt’s new book is the most comprehensive book about the Nile ever written. The author travels upstream along the river’s mouth to its sources. The result is a travelogue through 5000 years and 11 countries, from the Mediterranean to Central Africa.

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