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Walk on the Beach and Confront Your Fears with Stephen King's 'Joyland'
Walk on the Beach and Confront Your Fears with Stephen King's 'Joyland'
This story has the ideal elements for a King horror tale — a creepy carny, a haunted ride, a fortune teller, and an unsolved murder — it's really a coming-of-age story that captures that breathless ache of summer.
Sing a Song of the Sailor: Everything You Need to Know About Sea Shanties
Sing a Song of the Sailor: Everything You Need to Know About Sea Shanties
Once you've heard a crew singing 'Roll the Old Chariot,' you'll not forget it. Sea shanties are infectious — and they served an important function aboard ship. We've got the backstory on this charming nautical art form.
A Classic Tom Collins Cocktail Inspired by 'The Last Cruise'
A Classic Tom Collins Cocktail Inspired by 'The Last Cruise'
The Tom Collins is the ultimate highball, a combo of gin, simple syrup, lemon, and bubbly water. This classic is effervescent and refreshing — the ideal go-along for a literary thriller set on a retro luxury liner.
Chart a Course for Adventure: 8 Thrilling Books Set on the Sea
Chart a Course for Adventure: 8 Thrilling Books Set on the Sea
It's anchors aweigh on these literary voyages that promise excitement of both the physical and emotional variety. You'll meet a lady pirate, a WWII freighter captain, the passengers of a luxury liner, Ishmael, and more.
SSoP Podcast Episode 06 — The Sea: Tales of Poets and Pirates
SSoP Podcast Episode 06 — The Sea: Tales of Poets and Pirates
From a luxury cruise to battered warships and open seas to exotic ports, the ocean is a compelling setting for stories of big adventure, quiet moments, human vs. nature, and the drama sparked by close quarters aboard ship.
The Librarian-Spy, Chocolate Sorcery, Miami Beach Colors & More: Endnotes 14 February
The Librarian-Spy, Chocolate Sorcery, Miami Beach Colors & More: Endnotes 14 February
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a global landmarks quiz, the logic of spoken English, delightful old book illustrations, high-stakes hotel security, and more.
Take a World Tour (and Fall in Love) with a Charming Author in the Novel 'Less'
Take a World Tour (and Fall in Love) with a Charming Author in the Novel 'Less'
Arthur Less is a medium-successful author with an OK life. But he's turning 50, his ex-boyfriend's in love — and Arthur is invited to the wedding. He does the only reasonable thing: he takes a trip around the world.
Wigtown Postcards: What It's Like to Run a Bookshop in Scotland's National Book Town
Wigtown Postcards: What It's Like to Run a Bookshop in Scotland's National Book Town
It's a readers' paradise: buttery scones and shortbread and tea, a windy landscape with the scent of the sea, and bookshops. Oh, the bookshops! Every genre, new and used, and a bookstore cat. What else could you need?
Victorian Mansions, Malaysian Food, Award-Winning Travel Photos & More: Endnotes 07 February
Victorian Mansions, Malaysian Food, Award-Winning Travel Photos & More: Endnotes 07 February
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got weird stuff left in Ubers, dining with nomads in Kyrgyzstan, crime novels with a strong sense of place, a notorious mansion, and more.
Get Caught Up in a Coming-of-Age Story in Pre-Revolution Iran with 'Disoriental'
Get Caught Up in a Coming-of-Age Story in Pre-Revolution Iran with 'Disoriental'
Take a suspenseful, surprising trip to pre-Revolution Iran with an unforgettable heroine. This gripping story travels from the green mountains of northern Iran to the city streets of Tehran and Paris of the 1980s.
Scotch Eggs Inspired by Val McDermid's 'Broken Ground'
Scotch Eggs Inspired by Val McDermid's 'Broken Ground'
Bake a batch of Scotch eggs and get caught up in a police procedural that travels from a peat bog in the Scottish Highlands to beautiful Edinburgh. Sure, there's murder afoot, but that's no excuse to go hungry.
12 Books That Capture the Fierce Spirit of Scotland
12 Books That Capture the Fierce Spirit of Scotland
Craggy islands, damp peat bogs, twisty lanes of cobblestones, vast swaths of green to make your heart soar — Scotland is a beautiful country with larger-than-life heroes (and heroines) and more than a few ghosts.
SSoP Podcast Episode 05 — Scotland: Wraiths, Rebels, and Royalty
SSoP Podcast Episode 05 — Scotland: Wraiths, Rebels, and Royalty
Stunning windswept landscapes, a rebellious national spirit, an affinity for smart tartan plaids, a predilection for ghost stories, and an appreciation of a wee dram o' whisky. Scotland is all this and so much more.
Vintage Bookshelves, Feasting in Zanzibar, Novel Fashion & More: Endnotes 31 January
Vintage Bookshelves, Feasting in Zanzibar, Novel Fashion & More: Endnotes 31 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a lush art nouveau house in France, vocab for book lovers, literary Airbnb reviews, why you should visit Bodø, Norway, and more.
Travel Between Modern-Day and '90s Croatia with 'Girl at War'
Travel Between Modern-Day and '90s Croatia with 'Girl at War'
This weekend, we recommend an emotional trip to '90s Croatia... where you'll meet Ana, a courageous heroine on a quest to reconnect with her heritage, her family, her old friends, and, ultimately, herself.
Postcards from Mexico: Mayan Ruins, Markets, Mountains, and More
Postcards from Mexico: Mayan Ruins, Markets, Mountains, and More
Beaches on the Pacific and the Caribbean, magical cenotes, mystical pyramids, amazing street food, and candy-colored architecture — these photos will have you booking a trip to Mexico asap. Sorry and you're welcome.
Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' was Published Today in 1845
Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' was Published Today in 1845
Poe's shadowy view of the world is as irresistible as it is spooky, due to his ability to weave a dark spell of words. In this poem, the winged messenger of the title is the only solace for our broken-hearted narrator.
Postcards from Japan: Bamboo, Temples, Monkeys, and More
Postcards from Japan: Bamboo, Temples, Monkeys, and More
These photos will take you beyond the neon and rhythm of Tokyo to peaceful shrines, brilliant green landscapes, and some really cute monkeys in the mountains. These snapshots that explore the diverse beauty of Japan.
Embark on a Big Adventure to the Andes in 19th-Century Peru with 'The Bedlam Stacks'
Embark on a Big Adventure to the Andes in 19th-Century Peru with 'The Bedlam Stacks'
This weekend, why not go exploring in the snow-capped mountains of Peru? You'll be swept up in local folklore, face your greatest fears, and find your truest friendship. You might also get caught up in a gunfight!
A Cathedral Library, Modern Anne Brontë, Kinder Travel & More: Endnotes 24 January
A Cathedral Library, Modern Anne Brontë, Kinder Travel & More: Endnotes 24 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got sweet Wes Anderson-inspired cafés, Armenian food in LA, the eerie boat-house from 'Rebecca,' easy travel journaling, and more.
SSoP Podcast Episode 04 — Mexico: Folklore and Beachy Paradise
SSoP Podcast Episode 04 — Mexico: Folklore and Beachy Paradise
Mexico is an inspiring background for stories that explore the joy (and challenges) of family and the magic of everyday experiences. In this episode of our podcast, we hit the beach and explore ancient cultures.
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