My boyfriend purchased the new Geraldine Brooks novel for my mom’s birthday. And it started a discussion about how much my mother loved People of the Book so I borrowed it. It was actually my surprise last-read of 2015. Brooks wrote Bosnia convincingly. She was there during the war as a journalist covering what was going on. She managed......
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I’m no Millions but here’s a YIR anyway.  I thought a year of emotional distress and living alone would bring me more time to read but I maxed out at 41 books this year. I don’t mind. They were what I needed at the time. And 40 was my goal anyway. Of the 41 that......
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This book shop has been on my list for ages. I think it is on every booklover’s list. A photo posted by Selena Hutchins (@themaybeescape) on Jun 30, 2015 at 8:21am PDT I know that the current location of Shakespeare and Co isn’t the original that Sylvia Beach opened up (that notable folks like Hemingway and......
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aka a non-Parisian girl’s guide to the best restaurant (she visited) in Paris I didn’t know if I’d fall in love with the food in Paris. I love macarons, but it isn’t quite the same as falling in love with the meals. I haven’t ever fallen in love with a Parisian-style restaurant in the states…......
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Sacré-Cœur has had my heart since before I saw it. I have a strange love of churches. I’m not a religious person and yet churches feel like a second home. They’re as easy to be in as a library or bookstore for me. I felt incredibly at peace within Sacré-Cœur. I wrote while I was within......
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I had every intention of renting a tiny studio in Paris. But when I mentioned the idea to my friend Yves, he offered to let me stay with him. I said yes. And thank you. I arrived in Paris on a Monday morning, itching to see everything despite the jetlag. Standing in line, waiting to get......
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I prefer to write about things in chronological order, so I haven’t been able to write about anything else until I could write this. Where do I start? I went to Paris in June. I know I’m not alone when I say that Paris was my ultimate destination – the place at the top of my travel......
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I’ve got a few hours before my flight to Tokyo starts boarding. Which means I’m sitting at the airport, dealing with the, at-best, intermittent wifi and watching the other flights board and depart. The S gates at Seatac Airport know me well – I’m here every few months though generally just in the nick of......
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When I was in Iceland, I got a text from a friend telling me that we should go to St. Petersburg and that I needed to book my tickets. So I did. That night. A few days in Russia sounded perfect....
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We stood in the cold, scouting out the best view to capture Geysir erupting. I had both my phone and my Canon out to try to get the action on both of them. We stood in silence with ten or twelve people around us even after the first eruption. Then we waited for the second......
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