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Meet a Heroine Named Keiko and See the Beauty in Order in 'Convenience Store Woman'
Meet a Heroine Named Keiko and See the Beauty in Order in 'Convenience Store Woman'
A convenience store stocked with bottled water and take-away sushi might not seem like a rich environment for a story. This novel refutes that notion from the jump. Head to Tokyo and meet the unforgettable Keiko.
Havana, Big Plot Twists, Sweet Home Libraries, Gothic Fiction & More: Endnotes 28 May
Havana, Big Plot Twists, Sweet Home Libraries, Gothic Fiction & More: Endnotes 28 May
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got essays from Aminatta Forna, walrus sightings, Iranian hotels, a seafaring brooch, a funny homage to Anne Brontë, and more.
Befriend an Enigmatic Author and Uncover Buried Truths in 'The Thirteenth Tale'
Befriend an Enigmatic Author and Uncover Buried Truths in 'The Thirteenth Tale'
On the upside, if you were to find yourself at Vida Winter's isolated mansion, you'd get to spend a lot of time in the well-appointed library. On the downside, (deliciously) devastating secrets lurk within its walls.
15 Must-Read Novels Featuring Intrepid Heroines and a Strong Sense of Place
15 Must-Read Novels Featuring Intrepid Heroines and a Strong Sense of Place
An ideal traveling companion must have a sense of adventure, a mostly cheerful outlook, and be willing to lead with her chin when times are tough — which means all of these memorable heroines are excellent company.
CA Poppies, SciFi Librarians, Int'l Sandwiches, Book Fairies & More: Endnotes 21 May
CA Poppies, SciFi Librarians, Int'l Sandwiches, Book Fairies & More: Endnotes 21 May
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a steampunk carnival, book fairies, Atlas Obscura trips, an Imperial Russian train route, Dickinson's Herbarium, and more.
Swashbuckling Adventure and Thrilling Seduction in 1700s Scotland in 'The Winter Sea'
Swashbuckling Adventure and Thrilling Seduction in 1700s Scotland in 'The Winter Sea'
Let us just lay some descriptors on you: suspense and intrigue, romance and heartbreak, seduction and betrayal, secrets and declarations. Now imagine all of these things playing out in 18th-century Scotland. Sublime.
The 9 Amazing Books We Need to Be Made into a Movie or TV Series ASAP
The 9 Amazing Books We Need to Be Made into a Movie or TV Series ASAP
We might sometimes get a bit belligerent and argue that 'the book is always better.' But if we're totally honest, we enjoy a bad adaptation as much as a good one. The coulda/shoulda/woulda talk is so much fun.
9 Creative Instagram Accounts That Celebrate the Movie Magic of Hollywood
9 Creative Instagram Accounts That Celebrate the Movie Magic of Hollywood
While we might argue that the book is almost always better, we also love movies — and we love to get the inside scoop on how creative people do their work. These Instagram accounts go behind-the-scenes of movie magic.
Buenos Aires, Sanditon, Indie Bookshops, Gothic Cornwall & More: Endnotes 14 May
Buenos Aires, Sanditon, Indie Bookshops, Gothic Cornwall & More: Endnotes 14 May
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got best crime fiction series, Victorian bathing machines, Dickinson's love letters, Sweden in summer, jet-age airports, and more.
Determine the Right and Righteous Path with the Verse Novel 'Long Way Down'
Determine the Right and Righteous Path with the Verse Novel 'Long Way Down'
Hauntings are usually reserved for people who's had time to develop regrets. In this gripping verse novel, the ghosts arrive in plenty of time to help a young hero make a good, difficult choice before it's too late.
Hollywood Classic Cobb Salad Inspired by the Glamorous Mystery 'Valentino Will Die'
Hollywood Classic Cobb Salad Inspired by the Glamorous Mystery 'Valentino Will Die'
The smell of power and starlets' perfume wafted through the dining of The Brown Derby during the '30s and '40s. Everyone who was anyone ate there and brokered deals. And one night, they invented a timeless recipe.
SSoP Podcast Episode 25 — Hollywood: Gumption, Glamour, Heartbreak, and Hubris
SSoP Podcast Episode 25 — Hollywood: Gumption, Glamour, Heartbreak, and Hubris
Hooray! It's Season 3 of our show, and we're so excited to kick it off with this trip to the Hollywood of the past and the present. Let's get glamorous, darling, as we go behind-the-scenes of the entertainment biz.
Hong Kong, Period Dramas, Fancy Coffee, Rut-Busting Reads & More: Endnotes 07 May
Hong Kong, Period Dramas, Fancy Coffee, Rut-Busting Reads & More: Endnotes 07 May
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Medieval anchoresses, the tiniest bookshelf, best fictional hotels, top sights in every US state, travel planning, and more.
The Sunny Streets of Casablanca Sizzle with Menace in 'The Divers Clothes Lie Empty'
The Sunny Streets of Casablanca Sizzle with Menace in 'The Divers Clothes Lie Empty'
Your weekend plan has just been sorted: Read this page-turning, satisfying thriller set in Morocco, then pop a big bowl of popcorn and snuggle in to watch Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman smolder in 'Casablanca.'
27 Great Books In Translation to Crush Your Reading Challenge
27 Great Books In Translation to Crush Your 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.
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