Letters from the Island
by Julie Lindahl
Time passes by and we wish we could catch it. Happiness is somewhere to be found but it can elude us because we look in places that are far away from ourselves. In Letters from the Island, author, columnist and veteran traveler Julie Lindahl takes us into the quiet space of her Swedish island where her thoughts catch the moment and find their inspiration in the soil under our feet. Month by month her reflections challenge us to truly see more of the world around us and to find our strength in sensitivity. For every reader who seeks an empathetic companion for living, this collection is a homecoming.
"With each spring that passes
I know more intensely
that the greatest joys in life
are things that cannot be owned.”
Read the Foreword
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ISBN 9789186555009, Senten.se/Nordstjernan, 2010,
145 pages, paperback.
Image by Karin Albinsson, karinalbinsson.com.
Published works by Julie Lindahl:
The Pendulum (Papilio, 2015)
Rose in the Sand (Gather Community Press/Author House, 2011)
Letters from the Island (Senten.se, 2010)
On My Swedish Island: Discovering the Secrets of Scandinavian Well-being (Tarcher Penguin, 2005)
Papilio's concept is to develop unique books of high quality which have the ability to inform, move and satisfy the reader. We publish some of these ourselves, some in Swedish and some in English. Letters from the Island was originally published in collaboration with Nordstjernan, Swedish America's oldest newspaper in which Julie's monthly column appeared. Papilio has republished it. For further information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Order
Order Letters from the Island online at nordicsampler.com.
For telephone orders call 1.800.827.9333. For orders by mail, post your order to Swedish News Inc., PO Box 1710, New Canaan, CT 06840. For queries contact email@example.com.
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”As always with your work you write from your personal experience of life in Sweden but it strikes a chord in all of us and even if just for a moment it makes us stop and think about the way we are, the way we do things and why we do them….As with On My Swedish Island you have succeeded in writing something that I want to return to again and again and in this use once and throw away culture that is a fine achievement. Please keep doing it.” – Sue Dugen, Word Order.co.uk
”A quick and often savory close to my days, ”Letters” held my interest month by month, and year to year. After a 25-year association with Sweden, including 12 years’ immersion, I was struck by how much I’ve missed of the true Sweden. This is a must-read for anyone in search of a fast-track to understanding the essence of Swedish-ness.” – Gary Baker, President, The American Club of Sweden and Managing Director, Baker & Associates
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”Finally had time to pick up ”Letters from the island”, and devoured 50 pages in one seating. Thank you. It is beautiful. The piece ”from 30000 feet” is very touching – we have done the travels in opposite directions, and I think we still hang there in 30 000 feet somewhere between these cultures.” – Paavo Turtiainen, USA
“I have been a devoted reader of your columns for several years. I still love your observations, and thoughts. So many of them coincide with mine. I marvel at the fact that you were not born to this existence, and wonder that you are able to so beautifully adapt to it.” – Elsie Swanberg, Nordstjernan Reader, USA