By Linda Åkeson McGurk

The Open-Air Life 

Could the road to health and happiness in fact be a narrow trail in the woods? In the Nordic countries, the answer is a resounding “yes.” For the better part of two centuries, people here have turned to nature to get away from it all – the factories, the cities, the noise, the crowds and, more recently, the enslaving pinging of their own smartphones. They do it in the name of friluftsliv – “open-air life” – a mindset and philosophical lifestyle that revolves around finding joy in nature in everyday life. At a time when more and more people are starting to appreciate why they should spend more time outside, this book will show you how, with a decidedly Nordic twist.


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Bringing Up Bébé meets Last Child in the Woods in this “fascinating exploration of the importance of the outdoors to childhood development” (Kirkus Reviews) from a Swedish-American mother who sets out to discover if the nature-centric parenting philosophy of her native Scandinavia holds the key to healthier, happier lives for her American children. 

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