Michael Kleiner, author of the award-winning memoir/autobiography Beyond the Cold: An American's Warm Portrait of Norway

Michael Kleiner, author of the award-winning Beyond the Cold: An American's Warm Portrait of Norway

Michael Kleiner takes the reader on a four decade journey of his developing relationship with the country of Norway, its culture and people. He lived in Norway for a year when he was 11 with his family, attending a Norwegian school, learning the language, new sports and about Norwegian culture. He has returned five times as an adult, including attending the International Summer School at the University of Oslo with 500 students from 70 countries, traveling around the country, including above the Arctic Circle. The book is unique in that it combines childhood memories — in vivid detail — and adult perspectives, showing the impact a year in another country has on a child. He has developed an affinity and passion for the country, its culture and people although he is not of Norwegian descent. Not only has he found a second home and family, but a country that is more than cold weather and that these intercultural experiences contributed to the person he has become. As Norway’s largest outdoor magazine says, “This is not a travel book, but a personal portrait of a country.” First Prize, Beach Book Festival, Honorable Mention Nashville, New England, London, Los Angeles and Do It Yourself Book Festivals; The Authors Show 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.


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