Ever wanted to just disappear into a secret garden of earthly delights, of twists and turns of evocative ruin, exuberant tropics, the Zen of a Japanese teahouse?
Consider Chanticleer, in Wayne, Pa. It's part of the old Main Line ring of estates around Philadelphia. In fact, right across the street from the garden is the former home of Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, the heiress portrayed by Katherine Hepburn in Philadelphia Story.
Seven years ago, writer and former U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford had the success of a lifetime when his 2003 memoir Jarhead was turned into a high-budget Hollywood movie.
Swofford, then 35, had hit it big. But flush with cash and still grappling with post-war life, he suddenly found himself in the throes of a self-destructive rampage replete with drugs, alcohol and infidelity.
A new biography of President Obama provides a rare glimpse of him as a young adult. In <em>Barack Obama: The Story</em>, journalist David Maraniss<em></em> chronicles the president's "classic search for home."
Barack Obama used this photo on his application to Occidental College.
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After he graduated from Columbia, Obama dated an Australian woman named Genevieve Cook who had also spent part of her childhood in Indonesia. Despite their shared interests and experiences, she found him "guarded" and "controlled." In her journal she wrote: "Barack — still intrigues me, but so much going on beneath the surface, out of reach."
In the years since he took office, there has been no shortage of coverage of Barack Obama's presidency and politics. But for journalist David Maraniss, it is the president's personal history that remains intriguing.
David DiBenedetto, the editor-in-chief of <em>Garden & Gun, </em>holds an editorial meeting in the magazine's Charleston, S.C., offices.
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By paying to join the <em>Garden & Gun</em> club, members can attend events like a candlelight affair at the historic South Carolina Society Hall in Charleston as part of <em>Garden & Gun's</em> Secret Society Supper Club.
Garden & Gun magazine bills itself as the "Soul of the South." In five short years, the up-and-coming magazine has amassed a dedicated following and picked up critical acclaim.
The cover of the summer issue of Garden & Gun entices you to hit a Southern road. A smiling young woman in skinny white jeans, a straw hat and wayfarers tucked into her pocket appears ready to jump into a vintage red Mercedes roadster, top down — all under a bright Carolina blue sky.