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Our recommendations for some quick summer reads, fun and brilliant, to enjoy whether you're on staycation or finally getting out of the house and far away! read more
Here we offer up pairings of new books and immersive virtual travel options. read more
Travel the world from your laptop with these February 2021 virtual events. read more
Here we round up some fun events that will take you around the world without having to leave! Virtual events for those staying safe at home during quarantine. read more
Some fun, surprising holiday gift ideas for the traveler and language learner in your life! read more
Our October 2020 roundup of language and cultural events, including yoga in French, virtual tours in Italian, and German pretzel-making! read more
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Check out what we're reading in 2021 for Season 2 of our Women in Translation Book Club, where we read books from authors around the world. read more
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- Financial Times
"Best language classes in New York"
- New York Magazine
"In [this] cozy mezzanine-level space, the classic travel texts of guidebooks, maps and phrasebooks are grouped with literary fiction, memoirs, [and] novels."
- The New York Times
“Idlewild could be considered the Murray’s Cheese of bookstores. Catering to the taste of literary travellers, books are organized by country, with guidebooks, nonfiction, and fiction served together, the way they should be, like cheese and crackers.”
- The New Yorker
“Chatty and conversational” classes taught in a “sunny storefront” by “gregarious native speakers.” “If you need to hold your own at a party in Paris, Idlewild takes the gâteau.”
- New York Magazine