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Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got an animated Cinque Terra, foodie books for Juneteenth, book-nerd humor, Moroccan design, history of the asterisk, and more.

Wynwood Walls, Summer Poem, Literary Walks, Tillie Walden, & More: Endnotes 18 June

Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got an animated Cinque Terra, foodie books for Juneteenth, book-nerd humor, Moroccan design, history of the asterisk, and more. {more}

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