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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.