Hannukkah, NPR Best Books, Em-Dash Love, Glacier Express Train & More: Endnotes 03 December

Hannukkah, NPR Best Books, Em-Dash Love, Glacier Express Train & More: Endnotes 03 December

Friday, 3 December, 2021

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.

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Hanukkah (also Chanukah) is an eight-day Jewish celebration that means dedication in Hebrew. Often called the Festival of Lights, it’s commemorated by lighting the candles on a menorah, traditional food, gifts, and games. This year, Hanukkah began on 28 November and ends on 06 December. In this photo, people in Israel light candles during a Hanukkah celebration. Here are more photos of beautiful menorahs from around the world — and here’s more detail on Hanukkah and its history.

  • One of our favorite holiday traditions: NPR’s book picks for the year. (I can attest that the cookbook Eat, Habibi, Eat! is excellent, as is the novel The Sentence by Louise Erdrich. I just finished it; it blew my mind, broke my heart, then stitched it up again.)

  • Related: Here’s a Q&A with Louise Erdrich about her new book.

  • The Glacier Express is an eight-hour Alpine train route — protected by UNESCO! — that travels through the snowy wonderland between the Swiss towns of Zermatt and St. Moritz. ‘For more than 90 years, the Glacier Express has invited guests to glide through Valais, Uri, and Graubünden, skimming over 291 bridges and needling through 91 tunnels as they go. Bookended by the Matterhorn and Piz Bernina, it passes through world-class scenery: the Rhône Glacier, the vertiginous Oberalp Pass, the curvaceous Landwasser Viaduct, and the Rhine Gorge - the Grand Canyon of Switzerland.’

 

Wishing you peace, comfort, joy, cookies, merriment, tea, and cozy blankets.

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