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Pressed Coffee & Books is a Chic, Bookish Café in Pottsville's Historic Downtown
Pressed Coffee & Books is a Chic, Bookish Café in Pottsville's Historic Downtown
Tucked onto a side street in Pottsville's center is a gem of a coffee shop that serves books alongside its crepes and cappuccinos. The coffee is rich. The food is delicious. The music is chill. The vibe is welcoming.
Dominican Republic, Bookish Art, Dickinson's Hair, Lupin Fever & More: Endnotes 29 January
Dominican Republic, Bookish Art, Dickinson's Hair, Lupin Fever & More: Endnotes 29 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a movie locations quiz, books about books, Turkish women in Berlin, the history of the passport, British folklore, and more.
Explore an Edwardian Manor and Mysterious Fens in the Gothic Novel 'Wakenhyrst'
Explore an Edwardian Manor and Mysterious Fens in the Gothic Novel 'Wakenhyrst'
The heroine of this super-gothy Gothic novel is a combination of Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, and Wednesday Addams. There's also a secret diary, a maybe-haunted painting, and a murder. What more could you need?
Pennsylvania Dutch Whoopie Pies Inspired by the memoir 'An American Childhood'
Pennsylvania Dutch Whoopie Pies Inspired by the memoir 'An American Childhood'
Is it a cookie? Is it a cake? A whoopie pie is two large, soft chocolate cookies held together with a luscious buttercream filling. Its origin may be in dispute, but we can all agree that it's a truly American treat.
Photographer Janine Pendleton Captures the Broken Beauty of Abandoned Pennsylvania
Photographer Janine Pendleton Captures the Broken Beauty of Abandoned Pennsylvania
In the early 20th century, Pennsylvania experienced a gilded age of dramatic architecture and elaborate decor. These photographs of now-discarded and nearly-forgotten sites are a moving, melancholy, magical tribute.
SSoP Podcast Episode 23 — Pennsylvania: Political Player, Potato Chip Maker
SSoP Podcast Episode 23 — Pennsylvania: Political Player, Potato Chip Maker
Pennsylvania history features coal mining, farming, big industry, and political power. It also leads the nation in potato chip production, pretzel bakeries, mushrooms, and meatpacking. All hail the Keystone State.
SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode to Celebrate Our 1-Year Podcast Anniversary
SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode to Celebrate Our 1-Year Podcast Anniversary
We've been making our show for a year. Whew! Thank you for inviting us into your ears. In this mini-episode, we take a brief look back at our first two seasons and share a sneak peek at the future of Strong Sense of Place.
Llandudno Pier, Poet Amanda Gorman, Paper Dandelions, Anne Brontë & More: Endnotes 22 January
Llandudno Pier, Poet Amanda Gorman, Paper Dandelions, Anne Brontë & More: Endnotes 22 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a tough travel quiz, chilly winter thrillers, a guide to Persepolis, a Frankenstein book club, Vietnamese cuisine, and more.
Embark on a Quest from Yakushima Island to Tokyo in the Magical Novel 'Number9Dream'
Embark on a Quest from Yakushima Island to Tokyo in the Magical Novel 'Number9Dream'
This sweeping adventure will whisk you away with a charming hero to two remarkable destinations: Yakushima Island's dense cedar forests draped with lush moss and the kinetic energy of neon-and-karaoke Tokyo. Buckle up!
12 Vibrant Instagram Accounts That Will Make You Want To Visit Vietnam Right Now
12 Vibrant Instagram Accounts That Will Make You Want To Visit Vietnam Right Now
Treat yourself to some travel inspiration and explore Vietnam. From oh-so-green rice paddies to energetic cityscapes, these vibrant images of scenery and people will fire up your imagination and your wanderlust.
Epistolary Novels, Dinner Parties in Lit, Tiki Bars, Whaling Art & More: Endnotes 15 January
Epistolary Novels, Dinner Parties in Lit, Tiki Bars, Whaling Art & More: Endnotes 15 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got national costumes, sea shanty mania, 10 Jane Austen facts, the mysteries of Socotra Island, cafés around the world, and more.
There are Deadly Chills and Thrills in Fjällbacka, Sweden with 'The Ice Princess'
There are Deadly Chills and Thrills in Fjällbacka, Sweden with 'The Ice Princess'
'Tis the season of snow and ice, so let's embrace the frosty weather with this thoroughly chilling mystery set in a tiny fishing village on Sweden's east coast. Bad actors getting their comeuppance is so comforting.
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