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15 Books That Capture the Magic and Mystery of Prague
15 Books That Capture the Magic and Mystery of Prague
Prague's stunning architecture and magical atmosphere make it one of Europe's must-visit cities. But we love it because it's full of stories. Everywhere you look, there's a tale to be told, a mystery to unravel.
Take an Exciting Trip to Bulgaria with 'The Shadow Land'
Take an Exciting Trip to Bulgaria with 'The Shadow Land'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to Bulgaria... where you'll visit the capital city, explore mystical hilltop monasteries, get caught up in the secret histories of two world wars, and fall in love.
Crime Writing Secrets, a Pushkin Theme Park, Unlikeable Characters & More: Endnotes 17 January
Crime Writing Secrets, a Pushkin Theme Park, Unlikeable Characters & More: Endnotes 17 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got inspiring travel journals, watchful Romanian houses, dinner in a London tube car, Dick Francis' heroes and heroines, and more.
Listen Now: Strong Sense of Place Podcast - Episode 0
Listen Now: Strong Sense of Place Podcast - Episode 0
The trailer for our podcast is live! In this mini-episode, we talk about what the phrase 'strong sense of place' means to us, why we started this show, our no-spoiler guarantee, and why we think you'll love the podcast.
Podcaster and Author Anne Bogel Recommends Six Books with a Strong Sense of Place
Podcaster and Author Anne Bogel Recommends Six Books with a Strong Sense of Place
Anne Bogel has excellent taste in books, and her podcast 'What Should I Read Next?' is a must-listen around our house. She took on our challenge and recommended six genre-spanning books for armchair travelers.
The Strong Sense of Place Podcast Launches 20 January: Our First Four Episodes
The Strong Sense of Place Podcast Launches 20 January: Our First Four Episodes
Launch day is in one week! We're so excited to share our podcast with you. There are so many great books in these episodes — plus all the interesting details that make these destinations like nowhere else on Earth.
Ann Patchett's Reading Life, Bag-Free Travel, Best-Sellers By Year & More: Endnotes 10 January
Ann Patchett's Reading Life, Bag-Free Travel, Best-Sellers By Year & More: Endnotes 10 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got an ancient caravan stop, comfort-reading mystery novels, real estate listings for hobbit houses, the inside scoop on Fort Knox, and more.
Revel in Intrigue and Danger at Henry VIII's Court with 'Wolf Hall'
Revel in Intrigue and Danger at Henry VIII's Court with 'Wolf Hall'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to Tudor-era England with this literary thriller. But watch your pretty neck. With the capricious Henry VIII and wily Thomas Cromwell in charge, it's perilous times indeed.
Zucchini Noodles Aglio et Olio Inspired by 'The Gifts of Imperfection'
Zucchini Noodles Aglio et Olio Inspired by 'The Gifts of Imperfection'
This recipe for slinky, garlicky noodles is about as laidback and easy as it gets, the kind of food you make while wearing pajamas and losing yourself in an excellent book. They're basically a hug in a bowl.
This is What You Need to Know About Mary Kingsbury, the First School Librarian
This is What You Need to Know About Mary Kingsbury, the First School Librarian
Mary Kingsbury was the first professional school librarian in American history. She started as a teacher in Latin, math, geography, and zoology — not bad for a girl who's father thought she didn't need an education.
Eat Like a Popeiian, How to Read a Novel, Railway Dining Cars & More: Endnotes 03 January
Eat Like a Popeiian, How to Read a Novel, Railway Dining Cars & More: Endnotes 03 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a crash course on Emily Dickinson, jobs at a Scottish castle, tipping etiquette, the romance of the railroad dining car, and more.
Relax in the Sun and Sand of Cape Cod with 'Isabel's Bed'
Relax in the Sun and Sand of Cape Cod with 'Isabel's Bed'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to fabulous Cape Cod... playground of the rich, famous, and infamous. You'll stroll on broad beaches, wade in the bracing water, relax in a glass palace — and fall in love.
Mole Meatballs Inspired by 'Like Water for Chocolate'
Mole Meatballs Inspired by 'Like Water for Chocolate'
The pages of 'Like Water for Chocolate' burn with the various ways humans can love each other: passionately, platonically, painfully — and food is a full-fledged character in this lush, satisfying family saga.
8 Novels That Celebrate the Culture and the Beaches of Mexico
8 Novels That Celebrate the Culture and the Beaches of Mexico
Tropical coasts, lush jungles, ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins, majestic colonial architecture, fresh margaritas — Mexico is an inspired background for all kinds of stories about sun, fun, friendship, and family.
7 Literary Toasts to Ring in the New Year
7 Literary Toasts to Ring in the New Year
Raise a glass — or a teacup — to your near and dear at midnight and ring in the new year with these inspiring words from celebrated authors. Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy 2020 filled with books and adventure.
The Adventuresses’ Club, NYE in Prague, How Books Save Lives & More: Endnotes 27 December
The Adventuresses’ Club, NYE in Prague, How Books Save Lives & More: Endnotes 27 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a Phryne Fisher fan convention, the best places for 2020 travel, fast food around the world, how to be a better reader, and much more.
Ring in the New Year at an Isolated Scottish Lodge with 'The Hunting Party'
Ring in the New Year at an Isolated Scottish Lodge with 'The Hunting Party'
How idyllic! A group of old friends from Oxford gather in a remote hunting lodge in Scotland to relax by the fire, drink bubbly, and reconnect. Then their New Year's Eve celebration goes horribly, fabulously wrong.
Gyoza Meatballs Inspired by 'The Great Passage'
Gyoza Meatballs Inspired by 'The Great Passage'
These tender pork meatballs are packed with umami — like gyoza without the noodle-wrapper. Dig into them while you read this lovely, poignant novel of love, friendship, and the power of words in Japan.
Who Needs a Love Hotel When There's a Book Hotel? Meet Book and Bed Tokyo
Who Needs a Love Hotel When There's a Book Hotel? Meet Book and Bed Tokyo
Pssst... how'd you like to sleep INSIDE a bookshelf?! That's exactly what you'll get to do at Book and Bed Tokyo, a collection of six hostels devoted to reading (and a little bit of sleeping).
Welcome Yule with 'The Shortest Day' by Susan Cooper
Welcome Yule with 'The Shortest Day' by Susan Cooper
The shortest day, the longest night, the transition to deep midwinter — the winter solstice is a powerful date on the calendar. This moving poem by British author Susan Cooper captures its magic. Welcome, Yule!
Travel checklist, secrets of Betty Crocker, fictional librarians & More: Endnotes 20 December
Travel checklist, secrets of Betty Crocker, fictional librarians & More: Endnotes 20 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got breakfast in 24 countries, a snowy train ride, 50 fictional librarians, Neal Gaiman reading 'A Christmas Carol,' and much more.
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