What We’re Reading This Week: New Hampshire, Airline Magazines, World War II

With only four major airlines in the U.S. today, it's easy to forget how many carriers have disappeared over the decades. I was reminded of this when reading about American Airlines' new first- and business-class amenity kits, which pay tribute to airlines that once were, including Piedmont, AirCal, Reno Air, and TWA. —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor, Fodors.com

All the Light We Cannot See is pulling me back and forth between World War II France and Germany. The dual narratives of both the characters and timeframes are done perfectly, offering subtle details that connect the stories of a time disconnected by war and occupation. Reminds me of The Book Thief  (on an even more epic scale, if you can imagine), not only for its WWII setting, but also for its unique characters and rare storytelling. —Megan Mills, Publishing Assistant

The first thing I do after settling into my window seat is reach for the in-flight magazine, so I wasn’t surprised to read on CNN.com that readership is holding steady despite all the on-board entertainment options now at passengers’ disposal. But I had no idea that 26 airlines’ magazines—including competitors United Hemispheres and American Way—are now published by the same UK-based company. With a global audience of 677 million captive travelers a year, Ink Global seems poised to become the Hearst of the skies. —Arabella Bowen, Editor-in-Chief

I just finished reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This domestic thriller, set in a London suburb, is a total page-turner. I highly recommend reading it or listening to it on your commute, just not at night, when everyone in the house is asleep. —Salwa Jabado, Senior Editor, Countryside and Adventure

Great hotels like New York's Waldorf Astoria have great stories, as I discovered in Luke Spencer's “The Long Lost Archives of the World's Most Glamorous Hotel” on Atlas Obscura. In the 1990s, renovations unearthed the hotel's archives, long buried in its walls. I loved the decades-old postcards, menus, uniforms, and photos of guests in the article and also looked at the digital archives being created to showcase both the romance and reality of a grand hotel. —Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

A friend sent me this article from The Onion; I grew up in New Hampshire, and even though this piece is satire, it’s not far from the truth! —Jennifer DePrima, Senior Production Editor