SIOUX CITY -- "Truth it is that politics makes strange bedfellows," wrote Charles Dudley Warner, an essayist and editor of the Hartford (Connecticut) Courant in 1850.
The same sentiment holds true 168 years later.
As Americans head to polling stations to cast their votes on Tuesday, we are also reminded of a quote attributed to Samuel Clemens.
"Truth is stranger than fiction," wrote the man also known by the name Mark Twain. "But it is because fiction is obliged to stick to the possibilities. Truth isn't."
Keep that in mind as we list some of our favorite, recently published political fiction and nonfiction books.
"The President is Missing" by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Does this sound familiar? A progressive Southern president is facing impending impeachment from a hostile House of Representatives. OK, now here's where things get interesting: President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan suddenly disappears just as a cybercrime attack jeopardizes the Secret Service. Co-written by best-selling novelist James Patterson and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, "The President is Missing" transforms the commander-in-chief into an action hero.
"Fear: Trump in the White House" by Bob Woodward
You can't argue with success. On the one hand, legendary journalist Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House" elicited the ire of the 45th U.S. president. But on the other hand, this nonfiction examination of Donald Trump's White House had the highest first-week sales of any book in Simon & Schuster's 94-year history. Whatever your feelings are about the current inhabitant at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., chances are you'll be intrigued by all of the behind-the-scenes drama.
"The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library" by Trevor Noah and the writers of "The Daily Show"
Taking a decidedly acerbic look at recent history is "The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library," a laugh-out-loud book by Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." While lacking the pedigree of the Woodward tome, this book includes a forward written by acclaimed presidential historian Jon Meacham and, no, we're not kidding.
"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics" by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore
In today's heated, hyper-partisan world of politics, one often forgets that it is idealism that proves to be a motivating factor for people entering the electoral arena. The women behind "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics" -- in real life, friends for more than 30 years -- relish in their victories while acknowledging their challenges.
"This Little President: A Presidential Primer" by Joan Holub (author) and Daniel Roode (illustrator)
Are you ever too young to become a budding politico? Joan Holub, author of "This Little President: A Presidential Primer," doesn't think so. The 26-page book gives kids age 3-5 a colorful look at the highest office in the land. Spoiler alert: parents might learn a thing or two as well.