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17 Collections of Short Stories and Essays with a Strong Sense of Place
17 Collections of Short Stories and Essays with a Strong Sense of Place
Folklore, food, horror, small-town life, tales of magic and mystery. Think of these collections as appetizer platters to give you a little taste of Russia, Prague, Scotland, New Zealand, Hawaii, Ireland, and more.
Scarborough, Fictional Hotels, Poetry Fashion, Traditional Mysteries & More: Endnotes 13 January
Scarborough, Fictional Hotels, Poetry Fashion, Traditional Mysteries & More: Endnotes 13 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got an epic cache of retro menus, upside-down paintings, top children's book illustrators, a short story from Robin Sloan, and more.
Celebrate Everyday Joys with Pablo Neruda's Charming Poem 'Ode to My Socks'
Celebrate Everyday Joys with Pablo Neruda's Charming Poem 'Ode to My Socks'
In this delightful poem, Pablo Neruda — the Nobel-Prize-winning, Chilean, poet-diplomat word-wizard — celebrates a pair of 'magnificent' socks and, along the way, reminds us to recognize and celebrate everyday joys.
Tips to Read More, Ice Rinks, Book Towns, Goth Tea & More: Endnotes 06 January
Tips to Read More, Ice Rinks, Book Towns, Goth Tea & More: Endnotes 06 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got ranking the alphabet's letters, snowy Prague, international vending machines, a new Paris reading room, cake (!), and more.
16 Page-Turner Novels Set in Gloriously Cold and Snowy Places
16 Page-Turner Novels Set in Gloriously Cold and Snowy Places
It's quite cozy to read stories blanketed in snow. These books are all set in appropriately chilly environs, and there's a genre for every reader: adventure, thriller, mystery, horror, and a delightful caper.
Hello 2023, Victorian Traditions, Poetry Podcast, Food Movies & More: Endnotes 30 December
Hello 2023, Victorian Traditions, Poetry Podcast, Food Movies & More: Endnotes 30 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got New Year's Eve traditions, a Library of Congress restoration project, upcoming Dark Academia novels, tote bag mania, and more.
Austria, Candy Canes, Jane Austen Xmas, Homemade Snow Globes & More: Endnotes 23 December
Austria, Candy Canes, Jane Austen Xmas, Homemade Snow Globes & More: Endnotes 23 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Edwardian Christmas tree costumes, a Boxing Day explainer, covers of 'Last Christmas,' the best musical Scrooge, and more.
A Beautiful, Haunting Poem About Snow by Emily Dickinson
A Beautiful, Haunting Poem About Snow by Emily Dickinson
Poet Emily Dickinson grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the late 19th century. I can only assume she knew her way around snow. It couldn't have been easy to navigate drifts in low skirts and ankle boots with heels.
Marais, Xmas Comic, Krampus, Fictional Detectives, Cookies & More: Endnotes 16 December
Marais, Xmas Comic, Krampus, Fictional Detectives, Cookies & More: Endnotes 16 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Dorian Gray's skincare tips, spun-glass dresses, maple syrup cartel, looking back on NaNoWriMo, pandemic reading, and more.
Dave's Top 9 Books From Season Four of the Strong Sense of Place Podcast
Dave's Top 9 Books From Season Four of the Strong Sense of Place Podcast
On our show, we tell you about books we love. But some stories are so powerful, we want to put them into every reader's hands so they can experience the magic, too. Here are the books that made that impact on Dave.
Austrian Yaks, Art Books, Eggnog, Holiday Horror, Creepy Xmas Cards & More: Endnotes 09 December
Austrian Yaks, Art Books, Eggnog, Holiday Horror, Creepy Xmas Cards & More: Endnotes 09 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got holiday romance novels, the world's oldest restaurants, public domain 2023, snowflake photography, slow reading, and more.
Mel's Top 9 Books From Season Four of the Strong Sense of Place Podcast
Mel's Top 9 Books From Season Four of the Strong Sense of Place Podcast
On our show, we only tell you about books we love. But some stories are so transportive, they're not just recommended, they're life-changing and unforgettable. Here the books that had Mel feeling all kinds of ways.
Lion Rock, Antilibrary, Food in Fiction, Irish Castle, Book Nooks & More: Endnotes 02 December
Lion Rock, Antilibrary, Food in Fiction, Irish Castle, Book Nooks & More: Endnotes 02 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got gift guides from an excellent bookshop, the history of gingerbread, the bookish game Pentiment, an SAT words quiz, and more.
16 Gripping Novels That Feature Diaries, Journals, and a Strong Sense of Place
16 Gripping Novels That Feature Diaries, Journals, and a Strong Sense of Place
What's more seductive than reading the words that follow 'Dear Diary'?! These 16 books cross genres — adventure, classic lit, mystery, horror, and more — and feature a diary or journal that's critical to the plot.
Macy's Parade, Modern Manners, Chocolate, Holiday Poetry & More: Endnotes 25 November
Macy's Parade, Modern Manners, Chocolate, Holiday Poetry & More: Endnotes 25 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got how to adopt a book, Keita Morimoto's stunning paintings of everyday Japan, NPR's favorite books, a fun travel quiz, and more.
SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode to Wish You A Cozy and Happy Thanksgiving
SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode to Wish You A Cozy and Happy Thanksgiving
The fourth Thursday of November, a.k.a. Thanksgiving (in the US), is an annual excuse to gather our favorite people, devote a full day to feasting, and, maybe, work our way through serious family drama. Delicious!
Palermo, Sicily, Ode to Bookstores, Galatea, Travel Gifts & More: Endnotes 18 November
Palermo, Sicily, Ode to Bookstores, Galatea, Travel Gifts & More: Endnotes 18 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got great travel podcasts, Edward Gorey art contest winners, an unusual Christmas mystery, an ancient written sentence, and more.
Get Ready for European Adventures with These 7 Great Books
Get Ready for European Adventures with These 7 Great Books
We think people who love books and travel are the best people, and we love introducing you to nice people doing cool things. So today, we've got book picks from a couple who founded a Europe-based indie publisher.
Eltz Castle, Magpie Murders, Antique Travel Library, Kibbeh & More: Endnotes 11 November
Eltz Castle, Magpie Murders, Antique Travel Library, Kibbeh & More: Endnotes 11 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a new story from Robin Sloan, Emily Brontë biopic, the best BBC adaptations, unique advent calendars, iconic photos, and more.
16 Irresistible Recipes to Help You Feel Cozy This Fall
16 Irresistible Recipes to Help You Feel Cozy This Fall
A cup of tea is the classic pairing with a great book. But you can level up your reading experience with a crunchy snack, a sweet treat, or a comforting bowl of soup. If there's cinnamon involved, it's all the better.
Are you a Witch? Read this Poem by Elizabeth Willis and Find Out
Are you a Witch? Read this Poem by Elizabeth Willis and Find Out
For centuries, witches were painted with a black brush, punished for being all a woman shouldn't be: powerful, mysterious, untamed, seductive. But aren't those words really a compliment of the highest order?
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