The romance of rail travel is immune to declining patronage and decaying infrastructure. Of course, riding French trains immediately ups the excitement. Ina Caro transports us accross topography and history with twenty-five daytrips that embark from Paris and venture into France's glorious past. Arranged in chronological order, Caro conducts readers to Orléans, Versailles, the Place de la Concorde, and beyond.
This eloquent and timely travel book, by BNR columnist Brooke Allen, offers a fresh, informed, and often surpising portrayal of contemporary Syria and its people, with much welcome pondering of the richness of its past, from the ancient cities of Aleppo and Damascus to Crusader castles.
32 writers—including novelists Diane
Johnson and Edmund White, biographers Stacy Schiff and Judith Thurman, and
humorist Joe Queenan—contribute their private perspectives to this charming
celebration of the City of Light and its special way of illuminating lives.
May 25: On this day in 1938 Raymond Carver was born. Carver's poem "Luck," about a nine-year-old who wakes to an empty house and the leftovers of his parents' party, is all too autobiographical: "What luck, I thought. / Years later,…