Mark Twain sitting on front porch

No author occupies a more prominent place in the pantheon of American literature than Mark Twain. The father of endearing characters like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, he has managed to remain as indelible as his stories are timeless.

Book: Backstage at the Lincoln assassination

Everyone thinks they’ve heard the whole story. On the evening of April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary visited Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., to see the comedy Our American Cousin.

John Milton Jay

Few characters have enjoyed such a sweeping role in American history as John Milton Hay. Starting in his early 20s, he embarked on a 40-year career at the highest levels of the U.S. government as a player in some of the most pivotal episodes of politics and war.

Lincoln Deception book

For several years, David Stewart has made his literary bones in the realm of nonfiction with award-winning bestsellers like The Summer of 1787 (Simon & Schuster, 2008), Impeached (Simon & Schuster, 2009), and American Emperor (Simon & Schuster, 2011). His latest book, The Lincoln Deception (Kensington, 2013), is something of a departure.

Robert Ripley biography

Since his death in 1949, Robert Ripley’s name has become more familiar than the man himself. The passage of time has reduced his presence to a title on TV, a sign on a museum, and the catch phrase “Believe it or not.”

But Robert Ripley was indeed a living, breathing human being. 

Prince Albert

What is more British, and more male, than the London clubs that have clustered on or near the street of Pall Mall since the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? In their way they define a society, so it’s a surprise to find a definitive book about them, A Room of His Own—A Literary-Cultural Study of Victorian Clubland (Ohio University Press/Swallow Press), by an American.

Forever Chic: Frenchwomen s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style and Substance

Frenchwomen are renowned for their innate sense of style. Like the vintage wine France is known for, Frenchwomen appear to get better with age. From their beauty regimens to their seemingly magical ability to consume rich sauces and flaky croissants without gaining a pound, women everywhere wonder, “How in the world do the French do it?”

No Girls Allowed Cookbook for Men by Greg Ford

In the world of professional cooking, men have historically dominated. The home kitchen, however, is often considered “no man’s land” as in, no man is going in there to make anything more complicated than toast if there’s a woman around.

An old typewriter

They say that everyone has a story to tell and thanks to a host of new technologies and services, telling that story has never been easier. Once relegated to the fringe of the publishing industry, self-publishing is becoming an increasingly important driver of book sales. The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S.