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The Not-So-Secret Garden

Buckingham Palace’s royal garden, home to the Queen’s famed garden parties as well as thousands of species of flower and tree, is ready for its close-up

Three-Ring Titans

Murder, They Wrote

Tell-Tale Poe

The See-and-Be-Seen Hotel

London’s Savoy hotel welcomed glamorous Hollywood actors, top-brass politicians, and its fair share of intrigue. Who was behind it all?

The Hypocritical Oath

Studies show Black patients react better to having Black doctors. So why is our whole medical system geared toward white doctors?

Short List

What to read this week, from the latest in Henry Porter’s captivating Paul Samson series to books revisiting the pandemic’s early days and the myth of the Alamo

A Real-Life Benjamin Button?

Brendan Bracken, founder of the Financial Times and friend of Churchill’s, faked a premature-aging condition to satisfy his taste for being caned by teenage boys

When Ol’ Blue Eyes Got Old

A Walk on the Wild Side

The Really Right Stuff

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, was the picture of calm during meetings with J.F.K. ahead of his journey. His archives reveal a human side

Animal Instinct

Marsel van Oosten’s photographs offer a tantalizingly close-up look at the world’s rarest wildlife

Helene Hanff’s Diary

The story of Helene Hanff, the Bridget Jones of the postwar literary set, whose uproarious 84, Charing Cross Road has never been out of print

Short List

Books to read this week, including fresh looks at Norman Jewison and Stephen Hawking, and an enlightened guide to parenting

Thinking Inside the Box

Floral Tribute

The pioneering photographer Anna Atkins is not nearly as well known as her contemporaries, such as Henry Fox Talbot. Her work reveals photography’s transition from science to art

The Toast of the Town

Ireland’s Fire

Street Cars Named Desire

Citroëns, Corvettes, and a bright-blue Fiat 500 get their due in a new book collecting the coolest classic cars

The New, New Food Thing

The Real Deal

As cultural workers have had their livelihoods crushed by the pandemic, the New Deal’s arts projects are suddenly relevant again

Hopping Around

Coming of age in the Roaring Twenties, the heirs to the Guinness-beer fortune favored dance and drink over careers and philanthropy

Background Check

The story of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s greatest detective, goes well beyond Christie’s own

The Measles of Middle Age