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Postcards from the Circus: Around the World Under the Big Top
Postcards from the Circus: Around the World Under the Big Top
If you've ever daydreamed about running away with the circus, this post is for you. Take a dazzling virtual tour of the world with these circuses from Canada to Europe, Africa to Australia, and everywhere in between.
Author Deanna Raybourn Recommends Her Favorite Books with a Strong Sense of Place
Author Deanna Raybourn Recommends Her Favorite Books with a Strong Sense of Place
Deanna Raybourn is the author of the irresistible Veronica Speedwell and Lady Julia Grey series of romantic suspense novels. She took on our challenge and recommended her favorite books with a strong sense of place.
A Real Hobbit House, Booksellers Documentary, Online Austen Exhibit & More: Endnotes 15 May
A Real Hobbit House, Booksellers Documentary, Online Austen Exhibit & More: Endnotes 15 May
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the Andy Warhol/Jane Eyre connection, words coined by women writers, vintage travel posters, Egyptian street food at home & more.
Gourmet Meals, Champagne, and Adventure Aboard a Vintage Train in 'The Dining Car'
Gourmet Meals, Champagne, and Adventure Aboard a Vintage Train in 'The Dining Car'
Is there anything quite so romantic as the notion of riding the rails? This weekend, embark on a madcap adventure across the United States while you relax in the velvet-linen-and-teak luxury of a vintage train car.
Easy Homemade Caramel Popcorn Inspired by Erin Morgenstern's 'The Night Circus'
Easy Homemade Caramel Popcorn Inspired by Erin Morgenstern's 'The Night Circus'
The enticing aroma and salty-sweet crunch of caramel popcorn is literally the taste of the circus. You can easily make a batch in about half an hour — plenty of time to escape into the magic of 'The Night Circus.'
SSoP Podcast Episode 12 — The Circus: Found Family and Daring Feats
SSoP Podcast Episode 12 — The Circus: Found Family and Daring Feats
The circus is an enchanted place where people can fly and a big red nose is a happy sight. Where the smell of popcorn and peanuts mingles with sawdust. Where the unimaginable becomes completely possible before our eyes.
Dramatic Translations, Night Trains, Spring Flowers, Pretty Bookshelves & More: Endnotes 08 May
Dramatic Translations, Night Trains, Spring Flowers, Pretty Bookshelves & More: Endnotes 08 May
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got online literary festivals, your best road trip, re-reading favorite books, witch trial transcripts, charming bookmobiles & more.
Salem is Bewitching and Beguiling in 'The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane'
Salem is Bewitching and Beguiling in 'The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane'
Who could possibly resist the allure of secret family history, a crumbling mansion, a hidden 17th-century book, and an antique key?! Certainly not our heroine Connie Goodwin, which makes for a great story, indeed.
Author A.J. Devlin Recommends Eight Action-Packed Books with a Strong Sense of Place
Author A.J. Devlin Recommends Eight Action-Packed Books with a Strong Sense of Place
Buckle up for armchair travel that delivers plenty of suspense. These books will take you from Vancouver, Canada to the world of pro wrestling, sunny (and sinister) Los Angeles, NYC, East Texas, and more.
Sourdough Library, Jane & Rochester as Dogs, Bunnyhenge & More: Endnotes 01 May
Sourdough Library, Jane & Rochester as Dogs, Bunnyhenge & More: Endnotes 01 May
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got cycling in Transylvania, IKEA meatball recipe, short story recommendations, the Grand Canal in Venice, anti-censorship & more.
Sneak Into Tel Aviv, Vienna, London, Paris, and More With Super-Spy Gabriel Allon
Sneak Into Tel Aviv, Vienna, London, Paris, and More With Super-Spy Gabriel Allon
Let's go jet-setting around the world this weekend (from the safety of our couches, obvs). Yes, it's potentially dangerous, but when you're hanging out with the world's best assassin, excitement is to be expected.
Cuban Picadillo with Plantains Inspired by Leonardo Padura's Novel 'Havana Fever'
Cuban Picadillo with Plantains Inspired by Leonardo Padura's Novel 'Havana Fever'
This picadillo recipe is homey, earthy, a little bit exotic, and tastes even better when it's shared with the people you love. Fire up the stove, crank the timba music, pour a cuba libre, and dance in your kitchen.
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