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13 Books We Love Set in the Library Because Libraries Are the Best
13 Books We Love Set in the Library Because Libraries Are the Best
For readers, the book-lined shelves of libraries and archives are a dreamy backdrop for stories that resonate. These novels and nonfiction titles explore the drama, adventure, and history of our favorite bookish places.
Global Picnics, Travel Trivia, SF/F Last Lines, Mongolia & More: Endnotes 25 September
Global Picnics, Travel Trivia, SF/F Last Lines, Mongolia & More: Endnotes 25 September
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Stephen King with cats, stunning lectures from Hilary Mantel, an alphabet made of trees, a free online Poe festival, and more.
Hunt for Gold and Make Lifelong Friends on a Big Adventure with 'Cryptonomicon'
Hunt for Gold and Make Lifelong Friends on a Big Adventure with 'Cryptonomicon'
Sometimes you just want to get lost in a cinderblock of a book, and when you do, we recommend this sweeping story of adventure, intrigue, WWII, lost gold, longtime friendship, and love in all its forms. Plus Einstein!
Reading is Even Sweeter with Salted Caramels Inspired by 'The Giant's House'
Reading is Even Sweeter with Salted Caramels Inspired by 'The Giant's House'
We love a character that's got a salty side to balance the sweetness, and that's just what we get in Peggy, the librarian. These caramels are a tribute to her ability to give her whole heart when it matters the most.
45 Awesome Instagram Accounts For People Who Love Libraries and Librarians
45 Awesome Instagram Accounts For People Who Love Libraries and Librarians
The stacks, backrooms, and archives in libraries all over the world are filled with countless treasures — rare books, photos, parchments, maps — that place us in history. Instagram lets us take a peek from where we sit.
SSoP Podcast Episode 15 — The Library: Endless Books, Reading Nooks, and Lots of Possibility
SSoP Podcast Episode 15 — The Library: Endless Books, Reading Nooks, and Lots of Possibility
In this ep, we discuss the magic of libraries and recommend library-centric books we love, including book-nerd-approved nonfiction, a lyrical literary cycle, a historical novel, and a joyous tale of a secret library.
Lit in Translation, Azulejos Tiles, Magic Books, Dracula & More: Endnotes 18 September
Lit in Translation, Azulejos Tiles, Magic Books, Dracula & More: Endnotes 18 September
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got stranger-than-fiction locations, dog-related vocab, a book-inspired bracelet, Hawaii stories, National Park photos, and more.
5 Great Books Set in Alaska That We Love
5 Great Books Set in Alaska That We Love
If you're looking for adventure, you need to seek no further than the 49th state. Alaska is defined by its beautiful but maybe deadly landscapes — deep, vast forests and snowy terrain that stretch beyond the beyond.
Escape the Reality of WWII in a Posh Hotel in Portugal with the Novel 'Estoril'
Escape the Reality of WWII in a Posh Hotel in Portugal with the Novel 'Estoril'
Get a different perspective on WWII with this sweet and affecting novel about life in a posh hotel in Portugal. You'll meet privileged exiles, aristocrats on the run, rich revelers, and one unforgettable little boy.
11 Instagram Accounts That Showcase Alaska's Native Beauty, Culture, and Cuisine
11 Instagram Accounts That Showcase Alaska's Native Beauty, Culture, and Cuisine
Food, wildlife, majestic vistas, quiet moments: the images in these Instagram accounts showcase what makes Alaska such a special place. It's rugged, colorful, somewhat dangerous, and celebrates an independent spirit.
Cormorant Fishing, Updated Shakespeare, Female Detectives & More: Endnotes 11 September
Cormorant Fishing, Updated Shakespeare, Female Detectives & More: Endnotes 11 September
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got living in a British village, a new writing competition, quirky museums, LGBTQ+ travel books, letter-writing supplies, and more.
Get Dramatic and Go Off Script with the Theater-Based Mystery 'If We Were Villains'
Get Dramatic and Go Off Script with the Theater-Based Mystery 'If We Were Villains'
The final year of college can be a sensitive time for anyone. But for these acting students, it's even more fraught — with Shakespearean revenge and betrayal, lust and love and broken hearts... both onstage and off.
Bake Like an Alaskan with a Rum Cake Recipe Inspired by 'The Whale and The Cupcake'
Bake Like an Alaskan with a Rum Cake Recipe Inspired by 'The Whale and The Cupcake'
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person desiring to experience the food of Alaska, must be in want of cake. For your consideration, we submit this cake: buttery, sweet, gooey, and rich with tradition.
How the Alaska State Library & Museum in Juneau Preserves & Celebrates Alaskan Culture
How the Alaska State Library & Museum in Juneau Preserves & Celebrates Alaskan Culture
This award-winning building is a work of art itself, with windows that frame the natural beauty of its setting on the waterfront. Inside, you'll find a lovely glass mural, history and art exhibits, and so many books.
SSoP Podcast Episode 14 — Alaska: Fresh-Caught Salmon, Cake Mix, and So Many Bears
SSoP Podcast Episode 14 — Alaska: Fresh-Caught Salmon, Cake Mix, and So Many Bears
In this show, we discuss the surprises of life in Alaska and recommend books that transported us there: a vivid memoir, two novels where snow is a character, a story set in commercial fishing, and two foodie books.
A Landmark Pub, Foghorn Tunes, Literary Houses, Capri & More: Endnotes 04 September
A Landmark Pub, Foghorn Tunes, Literary Houses, Capri & More: Endnotes 04 September
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Edith Wharton's private library, books set in Florence, a new version of Pride and Prejudice, Dino National Monument, and more.
What is Going on at the Eerie Blackwood School in the YA Classic 'Down a Dark Hall'?!
What is Going on at the Eerie Blackwood School in the YA Classic 'Down a Dark Hall'?!
An isolated school, a frustrated and misunderstood teenager, a rash of unsettling and inexplicable experiences. This novel from Louis Duncan, the queen of YA horror, is a timely, thrilling tale for readers of any age.
A Colorful Moroccan Salad Platter Inspired by the Crime Novel 'The Godmother'
A Colorful Moroccan Salad Platter Inspired by the Crime Novel 'The Godmother'
Look, if you're a strong woman ready to step into a man's world like our heroine Patience, you're gonna need to eat your veggies. These vibrant recipes from North Africa make getting vitamins and minerals a treat.
13 Must-Read Books If You Wish You Were in Paris Right Now
13 Must-Read Books If You Wish You Were in Paris Right Now
We've said it before, but it bears repeating: Paris is always a good idea. That's why we're recommending 13 books that are like a magic portal to Paris. Wouldn't you enjoy a virtual trip to the city by the Seine?
The Historic Librairie Galignani is our Favorite English-Language Bookshop in Paris
The Historic Librairie Galignani is our Favorite English-Language Bookshop in Paris
This landmark bookshop, run by the Galignani family since 1801, has a colorful history. After you take in the fine art at the Louvre, visit Librairie Galignani to pick up a great book for reading time at the café.
Egypt Oasis, Postcard Stories, Glamping, Travel Guide Love & More: Endnotes 28 August
Egypt Oasis, Postcard Stories, Glamping, Travel Guide Love & More: Endnotes 28 August
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we’ve got why fiction makes good leaders, novels about weather, Darwin200, a 16th-century book ring, 1970s Paris, Sonnet 18, and more.
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