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Verona, Pay Phones, Analyzing Macbeth, Gothic Lit, Gen-X Vocab & More: Endnotes 03 September
Verona, Pay Phones, Analyzing Macbeth, Gothic Lit, Gen-X Vocab & More: Endnotes 03 September
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got luxury hotels and golden age crime novels, a miniature model village, 10 magical short stories, The French Dispatch, and more.
Adventure, Introspection, and Fortitude on the Bering Sea with 'The Alaskan Laundry'
Adventure, Introspection, and Fortitude on the Bering Sea with 'The Alaskan Laundry'
This novel has heart and adventure as big as the state of Alaska. Our heroine Tara is both running away and running toward an indefineable something. It seems only challenges and danger can guide her toward home.
Ferris Wheels, a Powerful Poem, Tacos, Big Fall Books, Mud Murals & More: Endnotes 27 August
Ferris Wheels, a Powerful Poem, Tacos, Big Fall Books, Mud Murals & More: Endnotes 27 August
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the lost library of Russian tsars, Joséphine Baker, Phantasmagoria of the Enlightenment, a village frozen in time, and more.
In the Novel 'The Waiter,' Everyone is About to Have a Very Weird Day at Work
In the Novel 'The Waiter,' Everyone is About to Have a Very Weird Day at Work
Our sorta hero, the waiter of the title, is having a decidedly weird day. What's unsettling for him is so entertaining for us. He's accustomed to order and his authority; amusing things happen when it's all upended.
Costa Rican Ceviche Inspired by the Memoir 'Wide-Open World'
Costa Rican Ceviche Inspired by the Memoir 'Wide-Open World'
Bright lime juice, fresh fish, and a surprising secret ingredient combine in this simple recipe that will instantly transport you to a beach in Costa Rica. Fresh and flavorful, it's a tropical vacation in a bowl.
6 Must-Follow Instagrammers to Inspire Your Visit to Costa Rica
6 Must-Follow Instagrammers to Inspire Your Visit to Costa Rica
Brilliant green birds and sweet-faced sloths. Turquoise blue water and treetop hotels. Fried plantains and ceviche. The photos on these Instagram accounts are everything you need to fully understand the pura vida.
Miami Beach, The Tempest, Letters of Note, Travel Posters & More: Endnotes 20 August
Miami Beach, The Tempest, Letters of Note, Travel Posters & More: Endnotes 20 August
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got how fiction improves vocab, Ruth Ozeki's new novel, beautiful abandoned places, the onus of good book translations, and more.
A Mystery Reaches from British Columbia to Japan in 'A Tale for the Time Being'
A Mystery Reaches from British Columbia to Japan in 'A Tale for the Time Being'
This story travels back and forth in time and place with a pleasingly dizzying effect. Set in the forests of British Columbia, modern Tokyo, and a timeless monastery, it's challenging, entertaining, and impactful.
Pan-Fried Plantains & Lizard Sauce Inspired by Short Stories from Costa Rica
Pan-Fried Plantains & Lizard Sauce Inspired by Short Stories from Costa Rica
Costa Rican meals are usually a rainbow of fruits and veggies with rice and black beans making an appearance on almost every plate. This comfort food is gussied up with the ubiquitous elixir known as Salsa Lizano.
SSoP Podcast Episode 26 — Costa Rica: Cloud Forests, Coffee, and Capuchin Monkeys
SSoP Podcast Episode 26 — Costa Rica: Cloud Forests, Coffee, and Capuchin Monkeys
Costa Rica offers a sweet combination of chill (sunny beaches, pura vida) and action (volcanoes! ziplining! surfing!). Join us on a virtual trip to Central America and prepare to blow up your TBR with great books.
Yosemite, Color in Gothic Lit, Polish Tango, Campfire Stories & More: Endnotes 13 August
Yosemite, Color in Gothic Lit, Polish Tango, Campfire Stories & More: Endnotes 13 August
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got iconic poems, weird English spelling, UNESCO World Heritage sites, fictional magical schools, reading at the beach, and more.
There's Mystery and Murder Afoot at Summer Camp in 'The Box in the Woods'
There's Mystery and Murder Afoot at Summer Camp in 'The Box in the Woods'
Summer camp should be a time to make memories and lifelong friendships. But in 1978, Camp Wonder Falls was the site of a brutal murder in the woods. Now Stevie Bell is out to solve the cold case and a new murder.
Dick Allen's Poem 'If You Get There Before I Do' Captures Vivid Snapshots in Time
Dick Allen's Poem 'If You Get There Before I Do' Captures Vivid Snapshots in Time
By sharing his sharply-observed moments with a touch of poignancy, Dick Allen's poem invites you to wander through warm, nostalgic memories of your own. It's a meditation on the welcome weight of snapshots in time.
Istria, Camping Horror Novels, Road Trips, Flash Fiction & More: Endnotes 06 August
Istria, Camping Horror Novels, Road Trips, Flash Fiction & More: Endnotes 06 August
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got an ode to in-flight magazines, fiction from Erik Larson, Prague architecture, being a good hotel guest, blackhouses, and more.
Real life and fiction collide in the modern Gothic mystery 'The Stranger Diaries'
Real life and fiction collide in the modern Gothic mystery 'The Stranger Diaries'
This novel has all the elements of an ideal escapist read: Gothic atmosphere on a school campus, a mysterious diary, a creepy 19th-century story, possible ghosts, an intrepid detective, and an unreliable heroine. Yes.
16 Enthralling Family Sagas with a Strong Sense of Place
16 Enthralling Family Sagas with a Strong Sense of Place
We cannot resist an epic family saga: Secrets kept and revealed. Half-truths passed through the generations. Expectations and sacrifice. Tales of bravery, love, and loyalty that defy the odds. These books have it all.
Cat Islands, Butlers in Lit, Square Waves, Victorian Puns & More: Endnotes 30 July
Cat Islands, Butlers in Lit, Square Waves, Victorian Puns & More: Endnotes 30 July
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a 'confusing words' quiz, nighttime travel photos, Q&A with Matt Haig, summer sandwiches, rose windows, LeVar Burton, and more.
Meet Three Heroines with Moxie in 1918 Dublin in 'The Pull of the Stars'
Meet Three Heroines with Moxie in 1918 Dublin in 'The Pull of the Stars'
Time travel to Dublin, Ireland, during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 in the company of three remarkable women. This is historical fiction with a page-turning plot that hinges on quiet moments and heroic feats.
SSoP Podcast Mini-Episode: Dave's Emergency Surgery
SSoP Podcast Mini-Episode: Dave's Emergency Surgery
Our podcast has been MIA since May. In this mini-episode of our show, we explain where we've been and why. Unfortunately, it wasn't an exciting vacation. David had emergency cancer surgery — but don't worry: He's OK.
Madrid Bookshop, Austen Cookbook, Victorian Circus, Train Talk & More: Endnotes 23 July
Madrid Bookshop, Austen Cookbook, Victorian Circus, Train Talk & More: Endnotes 23 July
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Chuck Wendig's new haunted house novel, 'the pavement surgeon,' where lost luggage goes, nerding-out with rare books, and more.
The Seven Deadly Sins Have Checked-In at a Cornish Cliffside Hotel in 'The Feast'
The Seven Deadly Sins Have Checked-In at a Cornish Cliffside Hotel in 'The Feast'
Found on the southwestern tip of England, Cornwall is known for its dramatic stone cliffs, crashing surf, and hiking paths — a brilliant setting for this story of a summer holiday that's not all sugar and sunshine.
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