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SSoP Podcast Episode 07 — Morocco: Couscous, Camels, and the Kasbah
SSoP Podcast Episode 07 — Morocco: Couscous, Camels, and the Kasbah
The breathtaking scenery and raucous markets of Morocco can seem like something conjured from a dream. In this episode, we share the books that transported us to this special place and talk Moroccan food with MarocMama.
Tea in Lit, International Lipreading, Drawing Room Drama & More: Endnotes 28 February
Tea in Lit, International Lipreading, Drawing Room Drama & More: Endnotes 28 February
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the history of the drawing room, the scoop on jet lag, underwater photography, books Erik Larson loves, Taco Bell poetry, and more.
Explore the Tropical Jungle and Try Not to Get Chomped with 'Jurassic Park'
Explore the Tropical Jungle and Try Not to Get Chomped with 'Jurassic Park'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to the lush landscape of Costa Rica: glorious sunshine, azure-blue water, and dazzling foliage. Pay no attention to the many ravenous, angry dinosaurs roaming the jungle.
The Delightful and Diabolical World of Edward Gorey
The Delightful and Diabolical World of Edward Gorey
In honor of what would have been American artist Edward Gorey's 95th birthday, we invite you to creep into his gleefully macabre world of Victorian manor houses, elegant characters, with plenty of murder and mayhem.
Novels in Translation, Nevada Road Trips, Nautical Terms & More: Endnotes 21 February
Novels in Translation, Nevada Road Trips, Nautical Terms & More: Endnotes 21 February
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the Phyrne Fisher movie, mid-century Gothic novels, Miss Havisham, Indian root bridges, the downside of solo travel, and more.
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.
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