Audrey Camp

writer. lover. climber.



About Audrey


I specialize in personal essays, travel writing, technical writing, book reviews, and other works of creative non-fiction.

You'll find me with pen in hand in cafés, parks, museums, and on trains. I'll write anywhere! However, my current studio is the second bedroom of my attic flat in Oslo.


To kindle a kinship with my readers, to answer their questions (all of which are also my own). Writing helps me to organize my thoughts and to make sense of things.


Writers spring from a common soil, enriched by all the beautiful, precise, and rousing writing that has come before and that continues to grow around them.


Red Door Reviews

In Brief: Tweet-sized offerings on book content and quality. Title, review, link, star rating. A rapier wit as space and context allow.

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Jennifer Egan
A Visit from the Goon Squad
A rock album: each chapter a song. Non-linear, fresh, a new standard in literature.
Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
A human heart rolled in the dust, still beating. An unapologetic story of self-salvation, earned by the mile.
Truman Capote
In Cold Blood
The unmotivated slaughter of a family. More disturbing: Capote's proclivity for the criminal psyche.
John Grisham
A football story, told in Grisham's frank, knowledgeable brand of prose. But he should have stuck to crime.
Daphne du Maurier
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again." A graceful haunting. #FridayReads #bookreview #classics
Kay Ryan
Say Uncle
A diamond of patience, to steal this poet's turn of phrase and apply it to her art. #NationalPoetryMonth
Pam Houston
Contents May Have Shifted
Innovative use of short form. A mosaic of human errors & triumphs. A globe. #bookreview
Ann Patchett
Bel Canto
A plunge into the kind of plot which captivates in total, then ends both exquisitely and too soon.
Kathryn Stockett
The Help
Two beloved heroines; one necessary pie. Weighed down by dialect. Still, a good, quick read. #bookreview
Han Nolan
Send Me Down a Miracle
Thou shalt make no graven image. A Southern yarn, a modern parable. #YA #bookreview
Jill Ker Conway
The Road from Coorain
In a dusty Australian landscape, this autobiography blooms with language and feminist insight.
Lynn Freed
The Servants' Quarters
A poor girl receives a wealthy neighbor’s bizarre commission, unravels her fate. #bookreview
Betty MacDonald
The Egg and I
Betty v. The Olympic Mountains and 10,000 chickens: an epic battle of wits/wittiness. #bookreview
Edward Abbey
Desert Solitaire
Abbey’s “bloody rock.” An uncompromisingly artful elegy to America’s national parks. #bookreview
Tim O'Brien
In the Lake of the Woods
A “sleight-of-body” work proving war can hide a man’s mind from itself. #bookreview
Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild
Krakauer tracks the impetus, adventures, and tragic death of an uncommon wayfarer. #bookreview
Melanie Benjamin
Alice I Have Been
A retrospective, tables-turned Lolita. Celebrity & waning-memory the looking glass. #bookreview

Audrey Camp is a freelance writer and American expat living in Oslo, Norway. She received her BA in English from UC Davis, her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, and her MA in English and American Literature at the University of Oslo. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines, literary journals, and anthologies, and she received the Irrgrønn Flash Fiction Award at the Irish Literature Festival in Oslo in 2014. She is the co-author of Startup Guide Oslo (October 2016) and Startup Guide Vienna (March 2017), each a comprehensive overview of the entrepreneurial scene in a fast-growing European capital. Audrey has blogged about writing, climbing, travel, faith and motherhood for more than ten years at The Girl Behind the Red Door, and she has also written about expat life in a monthly column for The Foreigner. In 2017, Audrey was elected Chair of Democrats Abroad Norway.

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