This weekend, take yourself off to Victorian London with a group of monstrously determined young women. You'll foil villains, beat back personal demons, and make a sound argument for why dresses must have pockets.
Ed Needham is the writer and editor behind the amazing book-review magazine Strong Words. Each issue of the magazine blows up our TBR lists, so when Ed took on our challenge, we knew we were going to get the good stuff.
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, undiscovered Europe, online Midsommar celebrations, 50 coolest neighborhoods, bookish face masks & more.
The summer solstice — a long day of sunlight and the setting for a chilling mystery. As revelers celebrate Midsommar in Sweden, danger creeps from the forest, suspects abound, and an intrepid reporter is on the case.
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got sci-fi/fantasy books by Black authors, an Uzbek wedding, food memoirs, a protest poem that will gut you in a good way & more.
Anne Frank was born on 12 June 1929. Her words are as essential now as they were when she committed them to the pages of the journal she received for her 13th birthday almost 80 years ago.
Sure, linen tablecloths can be nice. But a just-fried taco from a street cart that requires a pile of napkins is even better. Feast your eyes on these colorful photos and stories of street food from across the globe.
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a letter from Emily Dickinson, a magic portal, Scottish crime novels, the sounds of the Lapland, George Floyd street art & more.
Liberia was meant to be a new country in West Africa for freed slaves and free-born black people. It was both controversial and promising. This reimagining connects us to the people behind these historical events.
Since we started this project, we've been talking about two things: the magic of storytelling to transport us and the power of empathy to bring us together. This week, there's only one story that seems important.
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got reading nooks, what Jessica Fletcher is reading, California's Angel Island, Castles of Scotland, mustachioed monkeys & more.
Casiopea is a heroine you can believe in: smart, brave, sweet but scrappy. Each of her days is much like the one before and the one after, until she meets the Mayan god of death and has the adventure of her life.
The fictional Nadia's Café is the heart of its Arab community, and our heroine Sirine, the Iraqi-American chef, is its soul. These recipes bring some of that kitchen magic to your table to share with your favorite people.
There is no Strong Sense of Place without you, and we're curious about what's on your mind. Where shall we go next? What can we do better? We've put together a short survey so you can tell us just what you think.
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got David Bowie's fave sandwiches in NYC, a 'Rebecca' paper doll, '60s poetry hotline, great travel movies, Japanese Kit Kat & more.
Who could resist women on wheels, racing around the track and tackling each other with glee? Certainly not (anti)hero Hammerhead Jed, pro-wrestler-turned-P.I., who delves into Vancouver's dark side to solve a case.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'