Mars Nordstrom's book is based on his interviews with ten Swedes--five men and five women--living in the Northwest for at least ten years. While much as been written about the great Swedish migration to America between 1845 in 1930, little attention has ever been given of the smaller numbers that have arrived in recent decades. These oral histories from around the year 2000 give a fascinating, balanced group portrait of representative recent Swedish immigrants in a particular region, describing their backgrounds, way of life, and attitudes toward both the old and new countries. The picture he gives rings true of others like them in other parts of the United States. It thus provides valuable "macrocosm in macrocosm."
Ten New Lives