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Uncover Family Secrets and Find Peace with 'The Monsters of Templeton'
Uncover Family Secrets and Find Peace with 'The Monsters of Templeton'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to Templeton, NY — aka Cooperstown. IRL, there's the Baseball Hall of Fame and James Fenimore Cooper. In the book, there's a lake and old friends and — oh, yeah — a monster.
Audiobook Secrets, Uzbekistan in Photos, 2019's Best Books & More: Endnotes 22 November
Audiobook Secrets, Uzbekistan in Photos, 2019's Best Books & More: Endnotes 22 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite reading- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the best books of 2019, a photo album of Uzbekistan, secrets of audiobook narrators, the gifts of learning a new language & more.
Cranberry Waldorf Salad Inspired by Sam Sifton's 'Thanksgiving'
Cranberry Waldorf Salad Inspired by Sam Sifton's 'Thanksgiving'
This slender, charming books lays out all you need to know for your perfect Thanksgiving with maxiumum joy and minimum stress — and this non-traditional recipe is just the thing to liven up your table on turkey day.
This is the Best Used Bookstore in Boston: The Brattle Book Shop
This is the Best Used Bookstore in Boston: The Brattle Book Shop
The Brattle Book Shop has been in business since 1825, and today, the unassuming three-story brick building is packed with more than 250,000 used books, maps, prints, postcards, and other paper collectibles.
Celebrate the Best and Worst of Thanksgiving with 'Home for the Holidays'
Celebrate the Best and Worst of Thanksgiving with 'Home for the Holidays'
Thanksgiving should be so simple: Gather your favorite people, celebrate gratitude, eat an enormous feast, then waddle home. But in this charming short story, the real life holiday is a bit more complicated.
First Lines, Magical Castles, Wartime Letters, Airport Secrets & More: Endnotes 15 November
First Lines, Magical Castles, Wartime Letters, Airport Secrets & More: Endnotes 15 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite reading- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the best first lines in literature, preserving wartime letters, fantastical castles, airport secrets, Lake Baikal & more.
Spend a Spooky Thanksgiving in a Haunted Residence Hall with 'The Harrowing'
Spend a Spooky Thanksgiving in a Haunted Residence Hall with 'The Harrowing'
Sure, you could spend the weekend apple picking or wandering a pumpkin patch. But we offer an alternative: How about a spooky weekend in a (maybe haunted) college dorm with a Ouija board and a group of misfits?!
Moroccan Meatballs Inspired by 'A Street in Marrakech'
Moroccan Meatballs Inspired by 'A Street in Marrakech'
Twisty alleys, boisterous markets, trained monkeys, exotic spices, and world-class leather — Morocco feels both magical and mysterious. This fragrant recipe serves Moroccan intrigue at your table.
Everything You Need to Know About Morocco Leather and the Tanneries in Fez
Everything You Need to Know About Morocco Leather and the Tanneries in Fez
We're usually more interested in what's inside a book's covers, but volumes bound in Morocco leather are some of the most beautiful in the world. And it all starts at the Choara Tannery in Fez, Morocco.
Bad Vocab, the New Christmas Carol, an Austen Getaway, Foodie Travel & More: Endnotes 08 November
Bad Vocab, the New Christmas Carol, an Austen Getaway, Foodie Travel & More: Endnotes 08 November
Every Friday, we share the best reading- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the trailer for the new Christmas Carol, the meaning of zombies, foodie travel, bad vocab, mesmerizing architecture, and an Austen getaway.
Ah, Paris! Love, Romance, Books, and Danger with 'The Bookseller'
Ah, Paris! Love, Romance, Books, and Danger with 'The Bookseller'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to Paris: bookstalls along the Seine, the Eiffel Tower, sidewalk cafés — but also Nazi hunters, drug gangs, and motorcycle assassins. The City of Lights has a dark side.
Hainanese Chicken With Rice Inspired by 'Take-Out'
Hainanese Chicken With Rice Inspired by 'Take-Out'
This Chinese dish is almost a character in the short story 'Have you eaten'? by Rob Hart. We devoured the story, then created this recipe: tender chicken, spicy sauces, and savory rice. It's dangerously delicious.
The Splendor of the Morgan Library in New York City
The Splendor of the Morgan Library in New York City
It looks like the enchanted library of your dreams, but it's really the East Room of banker J.P. Morgan's 1906 Library, the heart of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. Commence swooning.
Airport Shopping, Country House Libraries, Mini-Books & More: Endnotes 01 November
Airport Shopping, Country House Libraries, Mini-Books & More: Endnotes 01 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite reading- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the French craze for guillotine haircuts, country house libraries, the best time to buy airline tickets, and miniature books.
Time Travel to Victorian England with 'A Curious Beginning'
Time Travel to Victorian England with 'A Curious Beginning'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to Victorian England. Meet a lady lepidopterist, celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, and — oh, dear! — get caught up in villainy, kidnap, and a little murder.
5 Thrilling Manor House Novels with Modern Setting and Ties to the Past
5 Thrilling Manor House Novels with Modern Setting and Ties to the Past
Set in Sweden, Scotland, England, Canada, and Salem, Massachusetts, these stories place memorable characters in dire circumstances so we can live vicariously — and safely — through them. Welcome home.
Victorian Seed Cake Inspired by 'Jane Eyre'
Victorian Seed Cake Inspired by 'Jane Eyre'
Our heroine Jane Eyre is much put-upon, but during her first day at Lowood School, the harsh privations of the place are tempered by the kindness of a teacher named Miss Temple and her secret stash of seed-cake.
7 Manor House Novels Set in the 20th Century
7 Manor House Novels Set in the 20th Century
These books — set between the two world wars — feature houses that could be a safe haven for the characters, if it weren't for all the tension, the close quarters, the haunted feelings, and oh, yeah... muuuurder.
6 Classic Novels Set in Memorable Manor Houses
6 Classic Novels Set in Memorable Manor Houses
In literature (and life), a home is often seen as a reflection of a person's status, motivation and values — a nifty shorthand for conveying character. The stately manors in these six classics speak volumes.
5 Gothic Novels That Feature Moody Houses and Haunted Heroines
5 Gothic Novels That Feature Moody Houses and Haunted Heroines
From classics 'Jane Eyre' and 'Northanger Abbey' to Agatha Christie and Tana French, the creaky halls and haunted histories of manor houses are the ideal backdrop for secrets, ghosts, betrayal, and romance.
England's Peak District Gets Eerie in 'Help the Witch'
England's Peak District Gets Eerie in 'Help the Witch'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to England's Peak District. In this collection of short stories, you'll visit a maybe-haunted house and wonder if that's 'just the wind' or something else entirely.
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