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Fall Under the Spell of the Mysterious, Sexy Fairytale 'The Governesses'
Fall Under the Spell of the Mysterious, Sexy Fairytale 'The Governesses'
This weekend, you'll find yourself languorously lolling around a sun-lit garden with three unusual girls. These are not your buttoned-up and bespectacled governesses of classic lit. It's sexy times in fairytale land.
SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode With Answers to Questions from Our Audience
SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode With Answers to Questions from Our Audience
We told you in our audience survey that you could ask us anything, and you're a curious bunch. In this mini-episode, we answer your queries, including how we choose books for the show and if we really love them.
Europe's Great Libraries, Galapagos Photos, Secret Books & More: Endnotes 17 July
Europe's Great Libraries, Galapagos Photos, Secret Books & More: Endnotes 17 July
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a shipwreck hotel in Africa, 'Holiday' magazine, an essay about how books ground us, an examination of Britishness, and more.
Raise a Glass to the Worst Wedding Ever in the Gleefully Sinister 'The Guest List'
Raise a Glass to the Worst Wedding Ever in the Gleefully Sinister 'The Guest List'
This weekend, you're invited to a destination wedding on an island off the coast of Ireland. Pretty people, blue skies, crashing surf, open bar, love in the air, and... oops! a little murder at the wedding reception.
Two English-Language Bookshops We Love to Visit in Stockholm, Sweden
Two English-Language Bookshops We Love to Visit in Stockholm, Sweden
One of our favorite ways to mingle with locals in new-to-us cities is among the shelves of a neighborhood bookshop — it's even better when they include English-language books. These two in Stockholm are must-visits.
Storytelling in Dublin, American Sandwiches, Trans-Siberian Railway & More: Endnotes 10 July
Storytelling in Dublin, American Sandwiches, Trans-Siberian Railway & More: Endnotes 10 July
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got new cartoons from Gary Larson, beautiful small towns in Europe, a library trivia quiz, free online literary festivals, and more.
Travel From Modern Savannah to WWII-Era Philippines with 'The Good Luck Stone'
Travel From Modern Savannah to WWII-Era Philippines with 'The Good Luck Stone'
Long-held secrets rise up like ghosts to haunt their keepers. The story of Audrey, our 90-year-old heroine, begins and ends in Savannah, but it's the middle bit in the war-ravaged Philippines that defines her life.
SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode About Survey Results & What We're Reading Right Now
SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode About Survey Results & What We're Reading Right Now
There is no Strong Sense of Place without you, and we're so grateful for the feedback you shared in our audience survey. In this mini-episode, we share some of the results and talk about the books we're reading now.
Dragon Bridge, Mexican Gothic, Vintage Train Travel, Bookshop Kittens & More: Endnotes 03 July
Dragon Bridge, Mexican Gothic, Vintage Train Travel, Bookshop Kittens & More: Endnotes 03 July
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the best-dressed characters in fiction, a Babylonian dinner, breathtaking pics of water lilies, Cincinnati's Book Bus & more.
Grab a Candelabra and Your Courage to Visit the Haunted Manor House of 'Mexican Gothic'
Grab a Candelabra and Your Courage to Visit the Haunted Manor House of 'Mexican Gothic'
This weekend, take an unsettling but stylish adventure to an isolated mansion in 1950s Mexico. Yes, the Doyle family is creepy and the house is quite sinister, but our heroine Noemí is a charming and feisty companion.
Secret Rooms and Gilded Gewgaws: A Brief Tour of 8 Majestic Libraries
Secret Rooms and Gilded Gewgaws: A Brief Tour of 8 Majestic Libraries
Let's take a virtual tour of stunning libraries from Europe to the UK and across the pond to NYC. It's a celebration of free-thinking, love of learning, and really tall bookshelves. No passport nor library card required.
Hiking Slovenia, Black Sci-Fi, Boxing Vocab, Postcard Collecting & More: Endnotes 26 June
Hiking Slovenia, Black Sci-Fi, Boxing Vocab, Postcard Collecting & More: Endnotes 26 June
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Queen Vic Market in Melbourne, remembering Carlos Ruiz Zafón, handmade maps of coronavirus lockdown, Jane Austen fest online & more.
Extraordinary Adventures in Victorian London with 'The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter'
Extraordinary Adventures in Victorian London with 'The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter'
This weekend, take yourself off to Victorian London with a group of monstrously determined young women. You'll foil villains, beat back personal demons, and make a sound argument for why dresses must have pockets.
Strong Words, Great Books: Editor Ed Needham Recommends Gripping Reads to Whisk You Away
Strong Words, Great Books: Editor Ed Needham Recommends Gripping Reads to Whisk You Away
Ed Needham is the writer and editor behind the amazing book-review magazine Strong Words. Each issue of the magazine blows up our TBR lists, so when Ed took on our challenge, we knew we were going to get the good stuff.
Windows Around the World, Bird Library, Pride Reads, Mexican Gothic & More: Endnotes 19 June
Windows Around the World, Bird Library, Pride Reads, Mexican Gothic & More: Endnotes 19 June
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, undiscovered Europe, online Midsommar celebrations, 50 coolest neighborhoods, bookish face masks & more.
Celebrate Midsummer in Sweden and Get Caught Up in a Mystery With 'Black River'
Celebrate Midsummer in Sweden and Get Caught Up in a Mystery With 'Black River'
The summer solstice — a long day of sunlight and the setting for a chilling mystery. As revelers celebrate Midsommar in Sweden, danger creeps from the forest, suspects abound, and an intrepid reporter is on the case.
Vintage Egypt, Agatha Christie Locations, Literary Destinations & More: Endnotes 12 June
Vintage Egypt, Agatha Christie Locations, Literary Destinations & More: Endnotes 12 June
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got sci-fi/fantasy books by Black authors, an Uzbek wedding, food memoirs, a protest poem that will gut you in a good way & more.
Celebrating Anne Frank Who Won the World's Heart With 'The Diary of a Young Girl'
Celebrating Anne Frank Who Won the World's Heart With 'The Diary of a Young Girl'
Anne Frank was born on 12 June 1929. Her words are as essential now as they were when she committed them to the pages of the journal she received for her 13th birthday almost 80 years ago.
International Street Food: Let's Eat Our Way Around the World
International Street Food: Let's Eat Our Way Around the World
Sure, linen tablecloths can be nice. But a just-fried taco from a street cart that requires a pile of napkins is even better. Feast your eyes on these colorful photos and stories of street food from across the globe.
Librarian Belle da Costa Greene, World Cuisine, Retro Metro & More: Endnotes 05 June
Librarian Belle da Costa Greene, World Cuisine, Retro Metro & More: Endnotes 05 June
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a letter from Emily Dickinson, a magic portal, Scottish crime novels, the sounds of the Lapland, George Floyd street art & more.
Fight for Freedom, Dignity, and Hope in Liberia with 'She Would Be King'
Fight for Freedom, Dignity, and Hope in Liberia with 'She Would Be King'
Liberia was meant to be a new country in West Africa for freed slaves and free-born black people. It was both controversial and promising. This reimagining connects us to the people behind these historical events.
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