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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.
6 Classic Novels Set in Memorable Manor Houses
6 Classic Novels Set in Memorable Manor Houses
In literature (and life), a home is often seen as a reflection of a person's status, motivation and values — a nifty shorthand for conveying character. The stately manors in these six classics speak volumes.
5 Gothic Novels That Feature Moody Houses and Haunted Heroines
5 Gothic Novels That Feature Moody Houses and Haunted Heroines
From classics 'Jane Eyre' and 'Northanger Abbey' to Agatha Christie and Tana French, the creaky halls and haunted histories of manor houses are the ideal backdrop for secrets, ghosts, betrayal, and romance.
England's Peak District Gets Eerie in 'Help the Witch'
England's Peak District Gets Eerie in 'Help the Witch'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to England's Peak District. In this collection of short stories, you'll visit a maybe-haunted house and wonder if that's 'just the wind' or something else entirely.
An Epic Library, Hotel Hack, Walruses in the Arctic & More: Endnotes 25 October
An Epic Library, Hotel Hack, Walruses in the Arctic & More: Endnotes 25 October
Every Friday, we share our favorite reading- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a truly epic library, the case for checking your bag, the ruins in Palmyra, Syria, and accordion music in the Arctic Ocean.
Get in the Mood for Mayhem with our Halloween Playlist
Get in the Mood for Mayhem with our Halloween Playlist
We get it: No one, including us, needs to listen to 'Master Mash' again. Tune into this playlist for 13 unusual, atmospheric, and super-fun Halloween-inspired songs that will put you in the mood for candy and costumes.
Vampire-Fighting Pork Stew Inspired By Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'
Vampire-Fighting Pork Stew Inspired By Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'
Stoker's Dracula is the OG vampire: intelligent, cunning, and even a little sexy. But you do not want that bad boy visiting your bed chamber! Simmer a big pot of this delicious, vampire-repelling magic.
For the Love of Fangs: 6 of Our Favorite Literary Vampires
For the Love of Fangs: 6 of Our Favorite Literary Vampires
We've selected our favorite literary vampires according to a very sharply honed list of criteria. They're all remarkable versions of this ancient creature, and they populate stories worthy of their dangerous charms.
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