Nancy Marie Brown

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.

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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)

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