My books combine extremes: Science and sagas. Science and faith. History and fantasy. They ask, What have we overlooked? Whose story must not be forgotten?
For 20 years, I worked as a science writer at Penn State University. Now I write from a farm in Vermont, where the days are quiet and cool. Icelandic horses graze outside my windows, and every summer I travel to Iceland in search of adventure–and inspiration.
Author website: https://www.nasw.org/users/nmb/index.html
Books in order of publication:
A Good Horse Has No Color: Searching Iceland for the Perfect Horse (2001)
Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist’s View of Genetically Modified Food (with Nina Fedoroff, 2004)
The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman (2007)
The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages (2010)
Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths (2012)
The Saga of Gudrid the Far-Traveler (2015)
Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them (2015)
The Real Valkyrie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women (2021)