Take a Virtual Trip with These Stories from Sweden

A Man Called Ove: a Novel by Fredrik Backman

Recommended by Laura Carlson

We meet Ove, possibly the crankiest man alive, after he has been forced to retire and has decided he’s got nothing to offer anymore, so he’ll commit suicide. While that premise is depressing, the story isn’t. The author does a great job of keeping you laughing while Ove learns the value of opening up to new experiences.

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Recommended by Beth Goodrich

On the evening of his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson climbs out the window of his room at a nursing home and walks off to adventures. He falls into possession of a suitcase full of cash, leading to encounters with a variety of criminals, a hot dog vendor and an elephant.

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

Recommended by Beth Goodrich

Nombeko is born in Soweto, South Africa and orphaned at the age of ten. She teaches herself to read and write and makes her way to a new life in Sweden. Unwittingly, she also brings a nuclear weapon and must find a way to get rid of it. In the end she saves the king of Sweden from anarchists intent on bringing down the monarchy. —Recommendations from librarians at the Hennepin County Library–Eden Prairie