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Roasted Carrot-Caraway Soup Inspired by 'Where the Wild Things Are'
Roasted Carrot-Caraway Soup Inspired by 'Where the Wild Things Are'
Being crowned king of the wild things and dancing at the wild rumpus can be exhausting. This comforting soup will fill your kitchen with a delicious aroma to restore your spirits and make you happy to be at home.
Treat Yourself to the Ultimate Bookish Staycation: Plan a 'Reading Day'
Treat Yourself to the Ultimate Bookish Staycation: Plan a 'Reading Day'
Imagine it: a day devoted to reading one great book. Squishy clothes, comfort food, and page after page of an utterly involving story. You can make it happen with just a little prep work; we'll show you how.
Literary Introverts, Travel & Empathy, New Library Podcast & More: Endnotes 06 December
Literary Introverts, Travel & Empathy, New Library Podcast & More: Endnotes 06 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a beautiful bookish poem, writing for 'The Paris Review,' the ways English is a funny language, nautical phrases, and more.
Head to Vermont and meet the Remarkable Heroine of 'The Inn at Lake Devine'
Head to Vermont and meet the Remarkable Heroine of 'The Inn at Lake Devine'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to a lake-side resort in Vermont... where you'll find yourself right smack in the middle of a romantic comedy with real, messy people who make real, messy mistakes.
Sweet & Briny Shrimp Salad Inspired by the Novel 'Death By Water'
Sweet & Briny Shrimp Salad Inspired by the Novel 'Death By Water'
It's never smooth sailing when the Honorable Phyrne Fisher is involved — but it is always a lot of dangerous and delicious fun. Dine on this delightful shrimp salad while catching up on Phryne's high seas adventures.
Cruising Around the World on Cunard's Luxury Liner RMS Laconia
Cruising Around the World on Cunard's Luxury Liner RMS Laconia
On 21 November 1922, a luxury liner embarked on a 130-day cruise around the world to 22 ports: Yokohoma and Shanghai, Rangoon and Bombay, Egypt, Cuba, and Naples. This is the true story of that grand adventure.
Spectacular Ceilings, Typewriter Art, Capitals Quiz & More: Endnotes 29 November
Spectacular Ceilings, Typewriter Art, Capitals Quiz & More: Endnotes 29 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, why books in translation matter, spectacular ceilings, IRL locations from The Crown, snowy vocab, paper sculptures made from books, and more.
Take a Chilling Trip to the Near Future with Rob Hart's 'The Warehouse'
Take a Chilling Trip to the Near Future with Rob Hart's 'The Warehouse'
This weekend, peek inside Cloud, the work-live space of the not-too-distant future. Sure, the pay is borderline and that wrist gadget tracks your every move, but it's cool in here, and Hey! We have cheeseburgers!
Typewronger Books in Edinburgh, Scotland Will Steal Your Bookish Heart
Typewronger Books in Edinburgh, Scotland Will Steal Your Bookish Heart
Typewronger Books in Edinburgh is the bookish retreat of our dreams: a cozy shop that only has the good stuff with a literary magician behind the counter. He looks into your soul and gives you the right book.
Vanilla-Maple Shortbread Inspired by 'The House Between Tides'
Vanilla-Maple Shortbread Inspired by 'The House Between Tides'
Every character in this vividly rendered historical novel needs a restorative cup of tea and homemade shortbread to help them chill out. Here's a killer recipe for shortbread, in case you need a sweet treat, too.
The Thoroughly Charming and Possibly Unreliable Story of the Lewis Chessmen
The Thoroughly Charming and Possibly Unreliable Story of the Lewis Chessmen
The Lewis Chessmen are 12th-century chess pieces carved from walrus ivory, and their origin story is shrouded in conjecture, academic rivalry, and murder. One undisputed fact: They are ridiculously cute.
2019 Holiday Gift Guide: All the Best Stuff for Readers and Travelers
2019 Holiday Gift Guide: All the Best Stuff for Readers and Travelers
Make your holiday shopping less stressful and more fun with these gifts for people who love to jet off to new locales and stay home with a good book. You might find something nice to add to your wish list, too!
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.
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