Sweden Book

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​​The DMACC International Year: Sweden committee and the DMACC Library is pleased to announce the selection of an International Year, Sweden book.

The book is free and will be available through DMACC library. We hope that the faculty will incorporate the book into their classrooms for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The book Beartown is by a contemporary best-selling Swedish author Fredrik Backman (the author of the international bestseller A Man Called Ove)

Here is the book's review from Amazon:

"The number-one New York Times best-selling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream - and the price required to make it come true.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi​finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semifinal match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made, and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.​"

We hope the instructors will consider adopting the book for the semester course reading.

Here is the information from DMACC library on how to get FREE copies for your class.

Please fill out the form attached to request copies of Beartown. The library will use the form responses for ordering and will not buy any books up front.​ Wednesday 8/15/18 is the deadline for requests.​


If you have questions about ordering the book, please contact

Emma Clausen ​Public Services Librarian
Des Moines Area Community College
(515) 964-6573​