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10 Unputdownable Novels Set in Hotels, Resorts, Inns, and Pensions
10 Unputdownable Novels Set in Hotels, Resorts, Inns, and Pensions
There are so many things to love about hotels: Bellhops! Room service! Tighter-than-a-drum sheets! Lobby bars! Plus the intriguing possibilities of all those strangers inside the same walls, together but separate.
Wynwood Walls, Summer Poem, Literary Walks, Tillie Walden, & More: Endnotes 18 June
Wynwood Walls, Summer Poem, Literary Walks, Tillie Walden, & More: Endnotes 18 June
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got an animated Cinque Terra, foodie books for Juneteenth, book-nerd humor, Moroccan design, history of the asterisk, and more.
It's a Mysterious and Thrilling Train Ride in the Noir Classic 'The Lady Vanishes'
It's a Mysterious and Thrilling Train Ride in the Noir Classic 'The Lady Vanishes'
The action begins so innocently with a sunny holiday in Eastern Europe: fresh air, green mountains, friendly banter. But when our heroine Iris boards the train to London, her journey home goes spectacularly awry.
Budapest, Historical Lit, Victorian Piers, Piranesi Book Club & More: Endnotes 11 June
Budapest, Historical Lit, Victorian Piers, Piranesi Book Club & More: Endnotes 11 June
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got flying Concorde, a fab South Korean library, a new fave summer drink, Tangier crime novels, castles in period films, and more.
The Past is Alluringly Haunting in Kate Morton's 'The Lake House'
The Past is Alluringly Haunting in Kate Morton's 'The Lake House'
This sun-drenched and somehow still Gothic-tinged novel has so many things we love: an abandoned mansion, intertwining timelines, family secrets, true love, betrayal, redemption. Basically, it's all the good stuff.
15 Thrilling Nonfiction Books That Read Like Suspense Novels
15 Thrilling Nonfiction Books That Read Like Suspense Novels
Travel to Chicago, Cuba, Ireland, Scotland, Vietnam, and more with these well-researched, compellingly told tales of adventure. The pages practically turn themselves, and the people who populate them? Unforgettable.
Iceland, Black Tudors, a Poignant Scrapbook, Secret Paris & More: Endnotes 04 June
Iceland, Black Tudors, a Poignant Scrapbook, Secret Paris & More: Endnotes 04 June
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the potato chip capital of the world, Prague's literary cafés, Atlantis Books in Greece, history of the seashore, and more.
Meet a Heroine Named Keiko and See the Beauty in Order in 'Convenience Store Woman'
Meet a Heroine Named Keiko and See the Beauty in Order in 'Convenience Store Woman'
A convenience store stocked with bottled water and take-away sushi might not seem like a rich environment for a story. This novel refutes that notion from the jump. Head to Tokyo and meet the unforgettable Keiko.
Havana, Big Plot Twists, Sweet Home Libraries, Gothic Fiction & More: Endnotes 28 May
Havana, Big Plot Twists, Sweet Home Libraries, Gothic Fiction & More: Endnotes 28 May
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got essays from Aminatta Forna, walrus sightings, Iranian hotels, a seafaring brooch, a funny homage to Anne Brontë, and more.
Befriend an Enigmatic Author and Uncover Buried Truths in 'The Thirteenth Tale'
Befriend an Enigmatic Author and Uncover Buried Truths in 'The Thirteenth Tale'
On the upside, if you were to find yourself at Vida Winter's isolated mansion, you'd get to spend a lot of time in the well-appointed library. On the downside, (deliciously) devastating secrets lurk within its walls.
15 Must-Read Novels Featuring Intrepid Heroines and a Strong Sense of Place
15 Must-Read Novels Featuring Intrepid Heroines and a Strong Sense of Place
An ideal traveling companion must have a sense of adventure, a mostly cheerful outlook, and be willing to lead with her chin when times are tough — which means all of these memorable heroines are excellent company.
CA Poppies, SciFi Librarians, Int'l Sandwiches, Book Fairies & More: Endnotes 21 May
CA Poppies, SciFi Librarians, Int'l Sandwiches, Book Fairies & More: Endnotes 21 May
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a steampunk carnival, book fairies, Atlas Obscura trips, an Imperial Russian train route, Dickinson's Herbarium, and more.
Swashbuckling Adventure and Thrilling Seduction in 1700s Scotland in 'The Winter Sea'
Swashbuckling Adventure and Thrilling Seduction in 1700s Scotland in 'The Winter Sea'
Let us just lay some descriptors on you: suspense and intrigue, romance and heartbreak, seduction and betrayal, secrets and declarations. Now imagine all of these things playing out in 18th-century Scotland. Sublime.
The 9 Amazing Books We Need to Be Made into a Movie or TV Series ASAP
The 9 Amazing Books We Need to Be Made into a Movie or TV Series ASAP
We might sometimes get a bit belligerent and argue that 'the book is always better.' But if we're totally honest, we enjoy a bad adaptation as much as a good one. The coulda/shoulda/woulda talk is so much fun.
9 Creative Instagram Accounts That Celebrate the Movie Magic of Hollywood
9 Creative Instagram Accounts That Celebrate the Movie Magic of Hollywood
While we might argue that the book is almost always better, we also love movies — and we love to get the inside scoop on how creative people do their work. These Instagram accounts go behind-the-scenes of movie magic.
Buenos Aires, Sanditon, Indie Bookshops, Gothic Cornwall & More: Endnotes 14 May
Buenos Aires, Sanditon, Indie Bookshops, Gothic Cornwall & More: Endnotes 14 May
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got best crime fiction series, Victorian bathing machines, Dickinson's love letters, Sweden in summer, jet-age airports, and more.
Determine the Right and Righteous Path with the Verse Novel 'Long Way Down'
Determine the Right and Righteous Path with the Verse Novel 'Long Way Down'
Hauntings are usually reserved for people who's had time to develop regrets. In this gripping verse novel, the ghosts arrive in plenty of time to help a young hero make a good, difficult choice before it's too late.
Hollywood Classic Cobb Salad Inspired by the Glamorous Mystery 'Valentino Will Die'
Hollywood Classic Cobb Salad Inspired by the Glamorous Mystery 'Valentino Will Die'
The smell of power and starlets' perfume wafted through the dining of The Brown Derby during the '30s and '40s. Everyone who was anyone ate there and brokered deals. And one night, they invented a timeless recipe.
SSoP Podcast Episode 25 — Hollywood: Gumption, Glamour, Heartbreak, and Hubris
SSoP Podcast Episode 25 — Hollywood: Gumption, Glamour, Heartbreak, and Hubris
Hooray! It's Season 3 of our show, and we're so excited to kick it off with this trip to the Hollywood of the past and the present. Let's get glamorous, darling, as we go behind-the-scenes of the entertainment biz.
Hong Kong, Period Dramas, Fancy Coffee, Rut-Busting Reads & More: Endnotes 07 May
Hong Kong, Period Dramas, Fancy Coffee, Rut-Busting Reads & More: Endnotes 07 May
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Medieval anchoresses, the tiniest bookshelf, best fictional hotels, top sights in every US state, travel planning, and more.
The Sunny Streets of Casablanca Sizzle with Menace in 'The Divers Clothes Lie Empty'
The Sunny Streets of Casablanca Sizzle with Menace in 'The Divers Clothes Lie Empty'
Your weekend plan has just been sorted: Read this page-turning, satisfying thriller set in Morocco, then pop a big bowl of popcorn and snuggle in to watch Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman smolder in 'Casablanca.'
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