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  • Try this trio of dark tales from across the water

    Even the stereotypically cold, damp weather of Britain can sound divine next to Maryland's blistering summer temperatures. But as the following three dark British tales make clear, the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the pond.
  • Discoveries

    East of the West A Country in Stories Miroslav Penkov Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 226 pp., $24 Miroslav Penkov hit American shores in 2001 (he was 21) from his native Bulgaria, and he hasn't stopped writing (or winning prizes for his wild, homesick...

    Remarkable Person: Arlene K. Hoffman

    Remarkable Person: Arlene K. Hoffman
    Arlene K. Hoffman was a "Mad Woman" in the twilight of the "Mad Men" era, rising in just six years to head her own agency. Some of the ad campaigns she spearheaded became cultural touchstones: the Dannon commercial starring 100-year-old Russians; the...

    Beauty abounds at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, England

    Beauty abounds at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, England
    "Everybody knows Kent," Charles Dickens wrote in "The Pickwick Papers," "apples, cherries, hops and women." Almost 175 years after publication of "Papers," Kent, just 50 miles south of London, is still known as the garden of England and the larder of...

    Planning your trip to Sissinghurst Garden Castle

    THE BEST WAY TO SISSINGHURST From LAX, British, Air New Zealand, American, United and Virgin Atlantic offer nonstop service, and Continental and US Airways offer connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $731. Take the...