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The Strong Sense of Place Podcast Launches 20 January: Our First Four Episodes
The Strong Sense of Place Podcast Launches 20 January: Our First Four Episodes
Launch day is in one week! We're so excited to share our podcast with you. There are so many great books in these episodes — plus all the interesting details that make these destinations like nowhere else on Earth.
Ann Patchett's Reading Life, Bag-Free Travel, Best-Sellers By Year & More: Endnotes 10 January
Ann Patchett's Reading Life, Bag-Free Travel, Best-Sellers By Year & More: Endnotes 10 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got an ancient caravan stop, comfort-reading mystery novels, real estate listings for hobbit houses, the inside scoop on Fort Knox, and more.
Revel in Intrigue and Danger at Henry VIII's Court with 'Wolf Hall'
Revel in Intrigue and Danger at Henry VIII's Court with 'Wolf Hall'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to Tudor-era England with this literary thriller. But watch your pretty neck. With the capricious Henry VIII and wily Thomas Cromwell in charge, it's perilous times indeed.
Zucchini Noodles Aglio et Olio Inspired by 'The Gifts of Imperfection'
Zucchini Noodles Aglio et Olio Inspired by 'The Gifts of Imperfection'
This recipe for slinky, garlicky noodles is about as laidback and easy as it gets, the kind of food you make while wearing pajamas and losing yourself in an excellent book. They're basically a hug in a bowl.
This is What You Need to Know About Mary Kingsbury, the First School Librarian
This is What You Need to Know About Mary Kingsbury, the First School Librarian
Mary Kingsbury was the first professional school librarian in American history. She started as a teacher in Latin, math, geography, and zoology — not bad for a girl who's father thought she didn't need an education.
Eat Like a Popeiian, How to Read a Novel, Railway Dining Cars & More: Endnotes 03 January
Eat Like a Popeiian, How to Read a Novel, Railway Dining Cars & More: Endnotes 03 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a crash course on Emily Dickinson, jobs at a Scottish castle, tipping etiquette, the romance of the railroad dining car, and more.
Relax in the Sun and Sand of Cape Cod with 'Isabel's Bed'
Relax in the Sun and Sand of Cape Cod with 'Isabel's Bed'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to fabulous Cape Cod... playground of the rich, famous, and infamous. You'll stroll on broad beaches, wade in the bracing water, relax in a glass palace — and fall in love.
Mole Meatballs Inspired by 'Like Water for Chocolate'
Mole Meatballs Inspired by 'Like Water for Chocolate'
The pages of 'Like Water for Chocolate' burn with the various ways humans can love each other: passionately, platonically, painfully — and food is a full-fledged character in this lush, satisfying family saga.
8 Novels That Celebrate the Culture and the Beaches of Mexico
8 Novels That Celebrate the Culture and the Beaches of Mexico
Tropical coasts, lush jungles, ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins, majestic colonial architecture, fresh margaritas — Mexico is an inspired background for all kinds of stories about sun, fun, friendship, and family.
7 Literary Toasts to Ring in the New Year
7 Literary Toasts to Ring in the New Year
Raise a glass — or a teacup — to your near and dear at midnight and ring in the new year with these inspiring words from celebrated authors. Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy 2020 filled with books and adventure.
The Adventuresses’ Club, NYE in Prague, How Books Save Lives & More: Endnotes 27 December
The Adventuresses’ Club, NYE in Prague, How Books Save Lives & More: Endnotes 27 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a Phryne Fisher fan convention, the best places for 2020 travel, fast food around the world, how to be a better reader, and much more.
Ring in the New Year at an Isolated Scottish Lodge with 'The Hunting Party'
Ring in the New Year at an Isolated Scottish Lodge with 'The Hunting Party'
How idyllic! A group of old friends from Oxford gather in a remote hunting lodge in Scotland to relax by the fire, drink bubbly, and reconnect. Then their New Year's Eve celebration goes horribly, fabulously wrong.
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