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Sneak Into Tel Aviv, Vienna, London, Paris, and More With Super-Spy Gabriel Allon
Sneak Into Tel Aviv, Vienna, London, Paris, and More With Super-Spy Gabriel Allon
Let's go jet-setting around the world this weekend (from the safety of our couches, obvs). Yes, it's potentially dangerous, but when you're hanging out with the world's best assassin, excitement is to be expected.
Cuban Picadillo with Plantains Inspired by Leonardo Padura's Novel 'Havana Fever'
Cuban Picadillo with Plantains Inspired by Leonardo Padura's Novel 'Havana Fever'
This picadillo recipe is homey, earthy, a little bit exotic, and tastes even better when it's shared with the people you love. Fire up the stove, crank the timba music, pour a cuba libre, and dance in your kitchen.
SSoP Podcast Episode 11 — Cuba: Castro, Conga, Cars, and Cigars
SSoP Podcast Episode 11 — Cuba: Castro, Conga, Cars, and Cigars
Cuba has a tough history, but the island itself is welcoming, a candy-colored dreamscape of pastel buildings, lush greenery, sparkling beaches, and friendly people — plus rum cocktails and dancing in the streets.
Tea Around the World, Edward Gorey's Lists, Mrs. Dalloway & More: Endnotes 24 April
Tea Around the World, Edward Gorey's Lists, Mrs. Dalloway & More: Endnotes 24 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got moving comic set in Iceland, virtual tours of ancient Egyptian tombs, bookish confessions, UNESCO World Heritage sites & more.
Travel to Victorian Yorkshire and Meet the Remarkable Heroine of 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall'
Travel to Victorian Yorkshire and Meet the Remarkable Heroine of 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall'
This weekend, travel back in time in Yorkshire and meet Helen Graham, a surprisingly independent woman who finds herself stuck in the social mores of the Victorian age — until she forges her own path to happiness.
The Delightful (and Delicious) Swedish Coffee Break Called Fika
The Delightful (and Delicious) Swedish Coffee Break Called Fika
Fika is the leisurely consumption of carbs and caffeine that's a standard part of every day in Sweden. More than a coffee break, it's a pause to connect with people, recharge, and appreciate the good things in life.
Visiting the Codex Gigas (Devil's Bible) at the National Library of Sweden
Visiting the Codex Gigas (Devil's Bible) at the National Library of Sweden
A sinful but repentant monk, an assist from the devil, an 800-year-old book, potential madness, and a rivalry between Bohemia and Sweden. This story of the Codex Gigas, also known as The Devil's Bible, has everything.
SSoP Podcast: A Message from Coronavirus Self-Isolation in Prague
SSoP Podcast: A Message from Coronavirus Self-Isolation in Prague
It's a hard time to be an empathetic human right now. From us to you: hope and love and peace. In this brief episode, we talk about life in Prague with social distancing rules and send you safe-as-pie air hugs.
6 Literary Role Models to Help Us Endure Quarantine With Grace and Humor
6 Literary Role Models to Help Us Endure Quarantine With Grace and Humor
With most of us home 24/7 with a variety of real-life characters, now is an excellent time to turn to fictional friends. They're entertaining, inspiring, and very human. Basically, the perfect quarantine companions.⁠
A Literary Quiz, Drama in Pilsen, Keukenhof Garden, Library Love & More: Endnotes 17 April
A Literary Quiz, Drama in Pilsen, Keukenhof Garden, Library Love & More: Endnotes 17 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got stunning trains, fantasy fiction needlework, your IKEA name, a perfect cartoon about libraries, Pieter Bruegel's art & more.
Adventure in WWII Yugoslavia with Detective Bernie Gunther in 'The Lady from Zagreb'
Adventure in WWII Yugoslavia with Detective Bernie Gunther in 'The Lady from Zagreb'
This weekend, travel back to the 1940s with Bernie Gunther, a good detective and good man in bad circumstances. You'll visit Yugoslavia, go toe-to-toe with Joseph Goebbels, fall in love — and oh! solve a murder.
Swedish Meatballs Inspired by Mikael Niemi's Novel 'Popular Music from Vittula'
Swedish Meatballs Inspired by Mikael Niemi's Novel 'Popular Music from Vittula'
How about a delicious meal to go with your immersive reads?! This is just the recipe to give you a taste of Sweden. It's comforting with luscious contrasts between hot, cool, tart, sweet, and savory in every bite.
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