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Brad Meltzer with Barbara Bush

Rarely does a writer have the privilege of turning to a U.S. president to inform his fictional characters and the world that they inhabit. No one knows better than novelist Brad Meltzer how valuable this can be.

The Princess Bride set

Actor Cary Elwes is a familiar face among moviegoers, known for his performance in films like Glory, Days of Thunder, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Twister. But of the dozens of pictures he’s made, one stands out.

book: How to Be a Victorian

There is a certain romance to the Victorian era (1837-1901) created by today’s pop culture interpretation of the time—debonair men dressed in coat-tailed suits and top hats, women with elegant hairstyles in ornate, billowy gowns.

Plutarch's Parallel Lives

On any given week, you can find two or three of them on the New York Times bestsellers list. Readers around the world are enamored with biographies—the stories of men and women who have accomplished magnificent feats, participated in extraordinary events, and, in some cases, were responsible for ghastly deeds.

Eiffel's tower book cover

Landmarks around the globe have become symbolic of the cities in which they stand. San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge; New York, the Statue of Liberty; and perhaps the best example, Paris and its Eiffel Tower.

Beautiful Ruins book cover

Does the current crop of reality television programs leave you longing for the golden age of Hollywood? If so, you will surely enjoy Jess Walter’s clever and completely enjoyable novel Beautiful Ruins (Harper Perennial). 

book subscription services and apps

Hollywood blockbusters are as close as the phone in your pocket and volumes of books are just as accessible. You’re no doubt acquainted with services like Netflix and Hulu that provide online access to a wide array of films and television programs in exchange for a monthly fee.

Outlander book by Diana Gabaldon

In 1991, a scientist and comic book writer named Diana Gabaldon published her first novel, a 640-page amalgam of literary genres called Outlander (Random House). The book became a bestseller, winning legions of fans all over the world.

Robert E. Lee biography

In the world of book publishing, Michael Korda is something of a living legend. During his 40-year career as editor-in-chief at Simon & Schuster, he polished literary gems by authors the likes of Larry McMurtry and David McCullough, all the while writing his own bestselling titles.