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27 Great Books In Translation for Your 2021 Reading Challenge
27 Great Books In Translation for Your 2021 Reading Challenge
If reading makes us more empathetic, then reading books in translation gives us super-empathy. In these beautifully translated stories, you'll meet unforgettable characters and expand your reading world.
Vintage Comics, Retro Signs, Emily Brontë biopic, Garden Gnomes & More: Endnotes 30 April
Vintage Comics, Retro Signs, Emily Brontë biopic, Garden Gnomes & More: Endnotes 30 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Sundays with Jane Eyre, Tito's posh private train, Krakow's fancy salt mine, Rick Steves' corny travel pickup lines, and more.
Walk the Cobbled Streets of Love and Memory in the Novel 'Haunting Paris'
Walk the Cobbled Streets of Love and Memory in the Novel 'Haunting Paris'
In this lyrical novel of love and loss, our heroine Sylvie embarks on a quest through the beautiful City of Lights to find a child gone missing during WWII and to lay to rest the ghost of the great love of her life.
SSoP Podcast Season 3: Announcing 12 Amazing Destinations
SSoP Podcast Season 3: Announcing 12 Amazing Destinations
Season Three of our podcast starts 10 May! Here are the 12 amazing destinations and themes we'll be exploring on our show. From Europe to North America, Asia to the Arctic, join us for adventure and great books.
Pisa, Paper Dolls, Judy Blume, Bad Trips, Cooking Melville & More: Endnotes 23 April
Pisa, Paper Dolls, Judy Blume, Bad Trips, Cooking Melville & More: Endnotes 23 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a look at Crimson Peak, pancakes from around the world, determining book length, spirit photos, a very lost walrus, and more.
Seek the Truth in 19th Century Scotland's Criminal Court with 'His Bloody Project'
Seek the Truth in 19th Century Scotland's Criminal Court with 'His Bloody Project'
Feudal Scotland would perhaps not be your first choice should a time machine appear in your vicinity. But this gripping novel — told through police statements and court transcripts — is an unputdownable sensation.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with 'Travel' by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Celebrate National Poetry Month with 'Travel' by Edna St. Vincent Millay
What better way to celebrate National Poetry month than a poem called 'Travel'?! Edna St. Millay's brief poem packs an emotional wallop, capturing yearning and the romance of escape in just three perfect stanzas.
Hiking Poland, Gorey Style, Victorian Travel, A.M. Reading & More: Endnotes 16 April
Hiking Poland, Gorey Style, Victorian Travel, A.M. Reading & More: Endnotes 16 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a 19th-century pool, governess facts, poetry to cure the Pandemic Blues, Art Deco treasures, tips for buddy reading, and more.
Get Caught Up in the Glitz and Grit of Jazz Age San Francisco in 'The Bohemians'
Get Caught Up in the Glitz and Grit of Jazz Age San Francisco in 'The Bohemians'
Dorothea Lange's iconic images of displaced farmers during the Great Depression are seared into our collective consciousness. This vivid coming-of-age novel tells her inspiring origin story in 1920s San Francisco.
The 2021 'Ask Us Anything' Episode: How We Pick Books, Choose Destinations & More
The 2021 'Ask Us Anything' Episode: How We Pick Books, Choose Destinations & More
We invited you to ask us anything, and you came through. In this special episode of our podcast, we answer your questions, including the inside story on sentimental books, the expat experience, and our cat Smudge.
Ettal Abbey, Book Dedications, Dining Cars, Literary Bucharest & More: Endnotes 09 April
Ettal Abbey, Book Dedications, Dining Cars, Literary Bucharest & More: Endnotes 09 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got international condiments, a new literary podcast, a poem set in a castle, Iceland fun facts, Dracula on a toy stage, and more.
Browse Secret Bookshelves in San Francisco and NYC in 'Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore'
Browse Secret Bookshelves in San Francisco and NYC in 'Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore'
Forget the hard sell. A few key phrases will probably prove this delightful adventure is right for you: 24-hour bookstore. Mysterious library. Secret society. Loyal friendship. Flirty romance. Extreme bookishness.
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