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Border Collies, a New Library Pod, Stroopwafels, Santa History & More: Endnotes 26 November
Border Collies, a New Library Pod, Stroopwafels, Santa History & More: Endnotes 26 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got an anti-ableist glossary, Maurice Sendak's identity, holiday Hershey candy, the Library of Congress Cooking Club, and more.
Central Park, Christmas Markets, 24 Book Genres, Perfect Gravy & More: Endnotes 19 November
Central Park, Christmas Markets, 24 Book Genres, Perfect Gravy & More: Endnotes 19 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Goodreads Best Books voting, the history of small talk, Christmas murder mysteries, behind-the-scenes at a museum, and more.
Get Lost in the Pulitzer Prize-Winning American Classic 'So Big' by Edna Ferber
Get Lost in the Pulitzer Prize-Winning American Classic 'So Big' by Edna Ferber
The plot points of this epic American novel can be quite sad, but the experience of reading it is a life-affirming one, mostly because our heroine Selina Peake — hardy farmer, believer in beauty — will not be daunted.
Egyptian Ful Medames Inspired by the Novel 'The Last Watchman of Old Cairo'
Egyptian Ful Medames Inspired by the Novel 'The Last Watchman of Old Cairo'
Shake up your breakfast routine with this savory, comforting recipe from ancient Egypt. Tender fava beans are simmered with fragrant cumin, then dressed up with colorful additions and warm, yeasty pita on the side.
10 Inspiring Instagram Accounts That Will Make You Want To Visit Egypt Right Now
10 Inspiring Instagram Accounts That Will Make You Want To Visit Egypt Right Now
Indulge in travel inspiration to explore Egypt, past and present: the colorful urban landscapes of Cairo and Alexandra, ancient ruins amid caramel-colored sand, glowing golden antiquities and gem-encrusted jewels.
Golden Monkeys, Great Audiobooks, Columbo, Faberge Eggs & More: Endnotes 12 November
Golden Monkeys, Great Audiobooks, Columbo, Faberge Eggs & More: Endnotes 12 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got short stories about a 6-foot baguette, a fall reading horoscope, new UNESCO gastronomy cities, amazing street art, and more.
It's Gourmet Food and Danger in the Desert with Eric Peterson's 'Sunshine Chief'
It's Gourmet Food and Danger in the Desert with Eric Peterson's 'Sunshine Chief'
What's tastier than a twisty murder mystery set in the world of gourmet cuisine? This lighthearted cozy features an endearing found family, sunny desert scenery, vintage train cars, and lots of ice-cold bubbly.
Egyptian Koshari Inspired by the Novel 'A Pure Heart' by Rajia Hassib
Egyptian Koshari Inspired by the Novel 'A Pure Heart' by Rajia Hassib
Street food is the best food; we won't be convinced otherwise. With this recipe, you can bring koshari — a.k.a., amazing Egyptian street food, into your kitchen. Carby goodness, spicy tomato sauce, fried onions... YES.
SSoP Podcast Episode 30 — Egypt: Ancient Antiquities, Fiery Djinn, and the Lure of the Nile
SSoP Podcast Episode 30 — Egypt: Ancient Antiquities, Fiery Djinn, and the Lure of the Nile
There's plenty to unearth when you get curious about Egypt: the pharaohs and their Great Pyramids, the majestic Nile river, secrets buried under the sands of time. In our show, we explore all of that and more.
Cartagena, Literary Burns, Svalbard Sunset, Em-Dash Love & More: Endnotes 05 November
Cartagena, Literary Burns, Svalbard Sunset, Em-Dash Love & More: Endnotes 05 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got foodie manga, armchair vs. IRL travel, bots reading audiobooks, the tasty history of baklava, Simon Le Bon on travel, and more.
Enjoy a Spoof of Gothic Tropes with Jane Austen's 'Northanger Abbey'
Enjoy a Spoof of Gothic Tropes with Jane Austen's 'Northanger Abbey'
Sure, you could read a novel that takes the Gothic tropes seriously: shadowy manor house, unexplained bumps in the night, dark-as-pitch family secrets. Or you can revel in Austen's tongue-in-cheek approach instead.
Easy Five-Ingredient Stovetop Naan Inspired by 'The Dressmaker of Khair Khana'
Easy Five-Ingredient Stovetop Naan Inspired by 'The Dressmaker of Khair Khana'
Bread is often more than food. Yes, it's physical sustenance. But it can also be a symbol of comfort, prosperity, or warm hospitality — we literally break bread with others to connect and form bonds of friendship.
A Powerful, Evocative Poem: 'Not an Afghan Woman' by Roya
A Powerful, Evocative Poem: 'Not an Afghan Woman' by Roya
This work by Afghan poet Roya cuts to the bone with sharp imagery and four simple words: Not an Afghan woman. It's a plea and a protest and — most of all — an assertion of self-worth that shouts in quiet phrases.
Halloween Treats, Old English Insults, Hans Holbein & More: Endnotes 29 October
Halloween Treats, Old English Insults, Hans Holbein & More: Endnotes 29 October
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Wes Anderson films ranked, the origin of 'a dark and story night,' an island where walrus sing, Moby Dick Big Read, and more.
Ride the Rails in the Canadian Rockies with the Dick Francis Mystery 'The Edge'
Ride the Rails in the Canadian Rockies with the Dick Francis Mystery 'The Edge'
This mystery novel is the perfect entry into the works of beloved author Dick Francis: a salt-of-the-earth hero, a deliciously dastardly villain, the thrill of horse racing, a touch of romance, and grand adventure.
SSoP Podcast Episode 29 — Afghanistan: Poppies, Tribalism, and the Taliban
SSoP Podcast Episode 29 — Afghanistan: Poppies, Tribalism, and the Taliban
We usually focus our show on destinations you'd like to visit. Afghanistan is likely not one of those places. But with the withdrawal of the US military, now is a good time to be empathetic and curious about Afghans.
Golden Bridge, Quitting Books, World Cuisine, Dolls in Horror & More: Endnotes 22 October
Golden Bridge, Quitting Books, World Cuisine, Dolls in Horror & More: Endnotes 22 October
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got authors leaving Goodreads, flight attendant advice, realistic PIs in fiction, the beauty of Albania, Austen objects, and more.
Time Travel to Victorian London and Flirt with Seductive Danger in 'The Quick'
Time Travel to Victorian London and Flirt with Seductive Danger in 'The Quick'
Get lost in the pages of this novel. You'll hear footsteps behind you on the cobblestones while a chill mist seeps under the door. Victorian London comes to life in a plot that's filled with secrets and surprises.
Shepherd's Breakfast Bake Inspired by the Gothic Classic 'Frankenstein'
Shepherd's Breakfast Bake Inspired by the Gothic Classic 'Frankenstein'
Poor Frankenstein! (The 'monster,' not the doctor.) The poor creature deserves kindness and a hot breakfast to start the day. Like this savory bread pudding from 'A Gothic Cookbook.' It's monstrously delicious.
7 Dark Academia Novels to Get You Read(y) for a Perfectly Eerie Halloween
7 Dark Academia Novels to Get You Read(y) for a Perfectly Eerie Halloween
Writer Elizabeth Held has great taste in books. Her newsletter 'What To Read If' is a welcome arrival in our email each week. In this post, she recommends novels that combine boarding school with creepy happenings.
Louvre Ghost, Niche Bookshops, Creepy Castles, Upbeat Vocab & More: Endnotes 15 October
Louvre Ghost, Niche Bookshops, Creepy Castles, Upbeat Vocab & More: Endnotes 15 October
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Scotland on film, 11 romantic suspense novels, Wes Anderson's train car, presidential libraries, an ode to orcas, and more.
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