Norway to Washougal

An Unusual History Book Inspired by Homesteaders Anna and Engel Engelsen

Non-Fiction - Historical
340 Pages
Reviewed on 09/18/2021
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Author Biography

Susan Tripp, BA, MS Psy., is a wife, mother, grandmother, credentialed teacher, businesswoman, community volunteer, and past Mayor of La Mirada, California. Her interest in family history surprised her when she discovered her paternal grandmother was born and raised about ten miles from where she lived in 2017. From there to 2021, Susan researched her Engelsen family history and began visiting the town, Washougal, where her grandmother, Alice Engelsen, was born. Her grandmother's parents immigrated to American in 1866, moving west from Illinois to Iowa to Washougal, Washington in 1886. Born in Long Beach, California, Susan grew up in nearby Newport Beach. She graduated from San Jose State University, California. After teaching school, Susan and her husband combined their education and interest, and started businesses that offered animal behavior education and services. Susan's special interest is in early puppy and kitten development and training. She has authored articles, books and webpages at AnimalBehavior.net and Pet Happiness.net. After selling the La Mirada Animal Hospital, Susan became part owner of and wrote the training curriculum for Hannah the Pet Society, in Portland, Oregon. Susan and her husband, veterinarian, Rolan Tripp, moved to Vancouver, Washington in 2012.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Norway to Washougal: An Unusual History Book Inspired by Homesteaders Anna and Engel Engelsen is a work of non-fiction in the world heritage, history, and culture sub-genres, and was penned by author Susan Tripp. Looking into the author’s own past and ancestral family life as a springboard, this immersive and enjoyable work takes us back to the literal dawn of human civilization at first, slowly working from the roots of Norwegian heritage and the crossing to the Pacific Northwest of America. With all of the ancient and modern influences which make this connection so very special, what results is a comprehensive work on heritage with true heart and warmth at its core.

Author Susan Tripp delivers a comprehensive work that will see history buffs immersed in its many amazing pages for hours on end. In terms of layout and organization, the work is brilliantly planned to cover both the chronology and geography of the world in a concise and easy reference manner. I found the visual presentation to be highly engaging, with lots of illustrative diagrams and images to capture the attention of readers and draw them into the text. The reference list in the back also makes this an ideal starter book into this unique area of heritage and a perfect springboard for anyone wishing to look deeper beyond it. Tripp’s clarity and ideal lexical choices make the work easy to read and difficult to put down once you’ve started. Overall, I would highly recommend Norway to Washougal for enthusiasts of world history and culture everywhere.