My second book The Open-Air Life: Discover the Nordic Art of Friluftsliv and Embrace Nature Every Day was published by Penguin Random House in 2022. So far, it is on track to be translated into five languages.
My first book There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge) has been translated into six languages and continues to make waves around the world. It’s been an Amazon and Audible bestseller multiple times and has a 5 star rating based on hundreds of reviews.
What readers are saying about There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather:
“This book has been life changing for my family.”
“I can’t say enough good things about this book!!! Every parent should read this!!”
“This book has inspired me to get outside with my children regardless of the weather. The writing style is informal without being patronizing. I love this book and have talked about it to almost everyone I have met since I purchased it!”
“Charming glimpse into the author’s life. As an American, the book inspired me to look at our world through a different lens.”
”I am a better mother because of this book.”
“Awesome book! A must read for parents or teachers!”
On the back cover of There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather:
When Swedish-born Linda McGurk moved to small-town Indiana with her American husband to start a family, she quickly realized that her outdoorsy ways were not the norm. In Sweden children play outside all year round, regardless of the weather, and letting young babies nap outside in freezing temperatures is not only common—it is a practice recommended by physicians. In the US, on the other hand, she found that the playgrounds, which she had expected to find teeming with children, were mostly deserted. In preschool, children were getting drilled to learn academic skills, while their Scandinavian counterparts were climbing trees, catching frogs, and learning how to compost. Worse, she realized that giving her daughters the same freedom to play outside that she had enjoyed as a child in Sweden could quickly lead to a visit by Child Protective Services. The rules and parenting philosophies of her native country and her adopted homeland were worlds apart.
Struggling to fit in and to decide what was best for her children, McGurk turned to her own childhood for answers. Could the Scandinavian philosophy of “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” be the key to better lives for her American children? And how would her children’s relationships with nature change by introducing them to Scandinavian concepts like friluftsliv (“open-air living”) and hygge (the coziness and the simple pleasures of home)? McGurk embarked on a six-month-long journey to Sweden to find out. There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather is a fascinating personal narrative that highlights the importance of spending time outdoors, and illustrates how the Scandinavian culture could hold the key to raising healthier, resilient, and confident children in America.