The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen audiobook

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

By Anu Partanen
Read by Abby Craden

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A Finnish journalist, now a naturalized American citizen, asks Americans to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children. Moving to America in 2008, Finnish journalist Anu Partanen quickly went from confident, successful professional to wary, self-doubting mess. She found that navigating the basics of everyday life--from buying a cell phone and filing taxes to education and childcare--was much more complicated and stressful than anything she encountered in her homeland. At first, she attributed her crippling anxiety to the difficulty of adapting to a freewheeling new culture. But as she got to know Americans better, she discovered they shared her deep apprehension. To understand why life is so different in the U.S. and Finland, Partanen began to look closely at both. In The Nordic Theory of Everything, Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships--parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens. She debunks criticism that Nordic countries are socialist

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Summary

Summary

An O Magazine Best Book of Summer 2016

A Bustle Pick for Best Nonfiction Book of Summer 2016

A Finnish journalist, now a naturalized American citizen, asks Americans to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children.

Moving to America in 2008, Finnish journalist Anu Partanen quickly went from confident, successful professional to wary, self-doubting mess. She found that navigating the basics of everyday life--from buying a cell phone and filing taxes to education and childcare--was much more complicated and stressful than anything she encountered in her homeland. At first, she attributed her crippling anxiety to the difficulty of adapting to a freewheeling new culture. But as she got to know Americans better, she discovered they shared her deep apprehension. To understand why life is so different in the U.S. and Finland, Partanen began to look closely at both.

In The Nordic Theory of Everything, Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships--parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens. She debunks criticism that Nordic countries are socialist

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is a wonderful, hopeful book about what American society could be…The American dream was once an inspiration to the world. Anu Partanen shows us how to rediscover it.” Robert Reich, New York Times bestselling author
“An engaging fusion of reportage and memoir.” O, The Oprah Magazine
Partanen is good at blending the individual stories of her friends in the cold, hard facts of national statistics…Partanen is a careful, judicious writer, and she makes a careful, judicious case.” New York Times Book Review
“Meticulously researched…a clear, informative, fact-filled survey…It could be a game-changer in national conversations about the roles that governments should play in their citizens’ lives.” Seattle Times
“A passionate and intelligent argument.” Publishers Weekly
“This highly readable and entertaining work is timely, as the conversation about inequality and the role of social services in this country has never been more relevant.” Library Journal
“Partanen’s pride in her homeland and genuine concern for the struggles of middle-class Americans infuse her book with candor and charm, and her perceptions about American struggles feel spot-on.” Booklist
“Narrator Abby Craden proves an energetic and compelling guide as the author explodes myths of the high-tax and socialist north, using research and personal stories…She successfully distinguishes direct quotations by deepening her voice or adopting an accent.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Anu Partanen

Author Bio: Anu Partanen

Anu Partanen is a write whose work has appeared in the New York Times and the Atlantic. A journalist in Helsinki for many years, she has also worked at Fortune magazine as a visiting reporter through the Innovation Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. She lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 10.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English