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Floral Tribute

A dazzling new coffee-table book explores the flower in contemporary photography

Teacher’s Pet

Kids Those Days

Crimes of the Mind

How a journalist turned screenwriter stumbled onto the unbelievable but true story that became Rogue Agent

Carrying on Abroad

Playing for Both Teams

Murder, They Wrote

This month, trade your beach reads for something more challenging—and satisfying—in the way of mystery novels

A Different Sort of Café Society

A Parisian waiter details the less glamorous side of French dining

Hell’s Angel

Facing the Music

Balancing the Books

Millennial authors and TikTokers are reviving forgotten literary gems written by women

Ego Trip

Within weeks of becoming the American ambassador to the U.K., Joseph P. Kennedy proved that his confidence far surpassed his talent

Heat Wave

Michael Mann’s new book, which serves as both a prequel and a sequel to his classic 1995 film, brings back the heat

The Lowell Bequest

The “It” Factor

A new book revisits the life of Elinor Glyn, one of Hollywood’s early influencers

The Draper Touch

The 20th-century decorator Dorothy Draper transformed the interiors of Manhattan’s Carlyle hotel, West Virginia’s Greenbrier, and more with her signature Hollywood Regency style

To the Right

Putin Confidential

Eight questions with Philip Short, the author of a new Putin biography, on the Russian president’s early years—and what Bill Browder got wrong

Bad Moon Rising

Touch of Evil

French Exit

Five titans of the Parisian literati have left one of the city’s most distinguished publishing houses, amid accusations that Sarkozy is now pulling the strings

A History of Cool

Slick Rick, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J … Janette Beckman photographed them all, chronicling New York’s creative set from the 80s to today

Staff Picks

This week, don’t miss the tale of one hospital’s pandemic triumphs and screwups; a searing account of Kabul’s fall; and a history of the Getty dynasty

Arsenic and Old Lace