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6 Literary Role Models to Help Us Endure Quarantine With Grace and Humor
6 Literary Role Models to Help Us Endure Quarantine With Grace and Humor
With most of us home 24/7 with a variety of real-life characters, now is an excellent time to turn to fictional friends. They're entertaining, inspiring, and very human. Basically, the perfect quarantine companions.⁠
A Literary Quiz, Drama in Pilsen, Keukenhof Garden, Library Love & More: Endnotes 17 April
A Literary Quiz, Drama in Pilsen, Keukenhof Garden, Library Love & More: Endnotes 17 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got stunning trains, fantasy fiction needlework, your IKEA name, a perfect cartoon about libraries, Pieter Bruegel's art & more.
Adventure in WWII Yugoslavia with Detective Bernie Gunther in 'The Lady from Zagreb'
Adventure in WWII Yugoslavia with Detective Bernie Gunther in 'The Lady from Zagreb'
This weekend, travel back to the 1940s with Bernie Gunther, a good detective and good man in bad circumstances. You'll visit Yugoslavia, go toe-to-toe with Joseph Goebbels, fall in love — and oh! solve a murder.
Swedish Meatballs Inspired by Mikael Niemi's Novel 'Popular Music from Vittula'
Swedish Meatballs Inspired by Mikael Niemi's Novel 'Popular Music from Vittula'
How about a delicious meal to go with your immersive reads?! This is just the recipe to give you a taste of Sweden. It's comforting with luscious contrasts between hot, cool, tart, sweet, and savory in every bite.
SSoP Podcast Episode 10 — Sweden: So Happy, So Murdery
SSoP Podcast Episode 10 — Sweden: So Happy, So Murdery
Sweden is one of the happiest places on Earth. It gave us ABBA, IKEA, and some of the darkest crime fiction on the bookshelves. In this ep, we discuss all of that and share five great books that transported us there.
Secrets of the NYPL, a Jane Austen Musical, Istanbul Cats & More: Endnotes 10 April
Secrets of the NYPL, a Jane Austen Musical, Istanbul Cats & More: Endnotes 10 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Weeki Wachee mermaids, cozy British villages, the Save Our Bookstores app, Irish Gothic novels, the cats of Istanbul & more.
It's Music, Mystery, and Murder at an Isolated Hotel in 'Bellweather Rhapsody'
It's Music, Mystery, and Murder at an Isolated Hotel in 'Bellweather Rhapsody'
An isolated hotel. A brutal snowstorm. A mysterious death. And a high school music festival?! This novel has everything! It's a thrill ride, and we love when an author bends our favorite literary tropes to her will.
We're Delighted to Announce That We're Now Supporting Bookshop.org
We're Delighted to Announce That We're Now Supporting Bookshop.org
Bookshop.org is a new online book retailer that shares its revenue with local, independent bookstores. It's bridging the significant gap between online sales and the neighborhood bookshop (you love) down the street.
Alcott's Thrillers, Posh Estates, Fairy Tales, Paris Cocktails & More: Endnotes 03 April
Alcott's Thrillers, Posh Estates, Fairy Tales, Paris Cocktails & More: Endnotes 03 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the best hangouts in Chicago, streaming shows from UK National Theater, a short story from Andrew Sean Greer, and more.
Travel from Old Czechoslovakia to Sunny L.A. with the Magical Novel 'The Trick'
Travel from Old Czechoslovakia to Sunny L.A. with the Magical Novel 'The Trick'
Let this story enthrall you as it travels from you from WWII-era Czechoslovakia to modern Los Angeles with a family of unforgettable characters. It will make you believe in the pure, unstoppable magic of love.
Chicago-Style Hot Dogs Inspired by Erik Larson's 'The Devil in the White City'
Chicago-Style Hot Dogs Inspired by Erik Larson's 'The Devil in the White City'
Treat yourself to a recipe for homemade Chicago-style hot dogs! It's an all-beef dog 'dragged through the garden' with colorful toppings for a taste explosion, inspired by Erik Larson's brilliant romp through history.
Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago is a Love Letter to Offbeat Lit
Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago is a Love Letter to Offbeat Lit
If you're looking for a zine about awesome pizza, indie magazines, or a Q&A with your favorite graphic novelist, Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago is your kind of place. Fulfilling all your weird book needs since 1991.
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