Adam Van Doren's latest book, The House Tells the Story: Homes of the American Presidents, is an account of his visits to fifteen presidential homes accompanied by watercolor paintings and letters from Van Doren to the author and historian David McCullough. The Wall Street Journal writes, "The House Tells the Story is an utter delight, as it opens windows into the history of this country by showing how some this country's makers and shakers lived."
Van Doren is a graduate of Columbia University and has published An Artist in Venice, with commentary by Simon Winchester and Theodore Rabb, and essays in American Artist Magazine and The New York Times, among others. He has written and directed two documentaries: James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times, and Top Hat and Tales: Harold Ross and the Making of The New Yorker. His artwork is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; The Wadsworth Atheneum; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Princeton University Art Museum; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He teaches at Yale University, where he is also an Associate Fellow.