What We’re Reading This Week: Passports, Thanksgiving, ‘Harriet the Spy’

Who knew a passport could be so stylish?  Apparently, the Norwegians. —Kristan Schiller, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Harriet the Spy, so I picked up a copy of the anniversary edition. I missed this coming-of-age story about 11-year old Harriet M. Welsch when I was a kid, but it is still a great read as an adult. It’s delightful for the spot-on depiction of a middle schooler’s feelings, her desire to know everything, her derring-do, and, her writerly and spying ambitions. As a New Yorker, I’m also enjoying the descriptions of the Upper East Side in the 60s. —Salwa Jabado, Senior Editor Countryside and Adventure

I’ve just finished Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, our selection for this month’s RandomReads book club.  The intertwining stories of love and war are unevenly handled, but there is no denying the visceral power of the horrific scenes that take place in the WW2 POW camps. The momentum picked up after about fifty pages and had me racing to the end, as the Australian prisoners are enslaved to build the Thai-Burmese death railway under unimaginable conditions. — Róisín Cameron, Associate Editor, Countryside and Adventure

I always love reading about Thanksgiving traditions around the country, so I got really excited when The New York Times Cooking published “The United States of Thanksgiving,” an interactive story with recipes that evoke traditions in each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico. I’ve already taken a few recipes to add to my own—a Thanksgiving feast can never be too big. —Megan Suckut, Digital Editorial Intern