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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.
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