by Sarah Moss
Strangers in Iceland.
This book wasn't at all what I expected. It tells of Sarah Moss and her family's one-year transplant to Iceland. I was expecting it to be all about glaciers and volcanoes and the northern lights—all of which feature in this book—but Names for the Sea is far more about getting to understand the Icelandic psyche, and how Icelanders differ from us Brits.
It turned out to be a fascinating book—although hardly, as it is described on the cover, ‘hilarious’. (I'm pretty sure Moss never set out to be hilarious, although Names for the Sea, like most good books, contains plenty of humour.)
If you ever find yourself considering emigrating to Iceland, this is the book you should read.