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Jodi Picoult: Larger Than Life

Jodi PicoultJodi Picoult is the best-selling author of twenty-one novels, including Nineteen Minutes, Keeping Faith, and My Sister's Keeper. Among her other works is the young adult novel Between the Lines, co-written with her daughter Samantha van Leer, and five issues of the Wonder Woman comic-book series. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard, Picoult is the recipient of the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, among others.

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Joseph Babcock: The King of Big Air

Joseph BabcockJoseph Babcock was born in New York City and grew up in Chicago. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2008 and has lived in France, Italy, Vietnam and Montana.

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Kindle Singles: Journalism, Novellas, Essays, Humor, and Short Kindle eBooks

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Kindle Singles is here to offer a vast spectrum of reporting, essays, memoirs, narratives, and short stories presented to educate, entertain, excite, and inform. Our writers take you places you can't get to any other way, on journeys of fact and fiction that share these common threads: they're the highest-quality work we can find, and at a length best suited to the ideas they present.
Kindle Single Isabel Dalhousie—philosopher, mother, and friend—has generously agreed to host the opening dinner for her school reunion weekend. Twenty-five former classmates will descend upon her home, bringing with them new names, new looks, and old reputations. While some will see the reunion as an opportunity to forge new friendships and reaffirm old ones, others aren't interested in changing their minds about the past. In this warm, intelligently observed novella, Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful heroine, learns valuable lessons about inviting the past (and everyone in it) back into your life.

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Kindle Single After 22 years and more than 6,000 episodes, David Letterman is saying goodnight for the last time as host of the “Late Show.” As the world bids farewell, AND NOW… looks back to the early 1980s, before the dawn of cable TV, when the fresh and ironic obsessions of a charismatic young stand-up comic transformed comedy forever. In this definitive oral history of "Late Night," Letterman’s talk show that aired from 1982 to 1993, writers, producers, executives and actors reveal the untold stories behind iconic bits such as "Stupid Pet Tricks,” the battle over who would replace Johnny Carson as host of "The Tonight Show," and Letterman’s tense final days at 30 Rock.

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Kindle Single On a July evening in 1918, four brutal years into World War I, a young American soldier stumbled on a pile of rags while lost on the pitch-black the streets of Paris. Unbeknownst to him, the little terrier he found hiding under the bundle that night would go on to save the lives of countless American soldiers on the battlefields of France and change the way wars are fought. In War Hero, bestselling historian Stephan Talty (A Captain's Duty) tells an unforgettable tale of friendship, loyalty and survival set against the carnage of the Great War.

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Kindle Single At 28, Jarrett Schaefer was one of the most promising young filmmakers in Hollywood, having shot to success as the writer and director of "Chapter 27," starring future Oscar-winner Jared Leto as John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman. Then, five years later, to the surprise of those closest to him, Schaefer left it all behind—abandoning his career, his family and his life, without telling anyone where he was going. ‪With only a vague idea of where he might be, writer Kayleen Schaefer went looking for her kid brother, embarking on a journey that would take her all the way to Mazatlán, Mexico, to learn why he left and, in doing so, discover who she was without him.

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Kindle Single Manny Ansar and Iyad Ag Ghali had little in common except for one thing: a passion for Mali's desert blues, a haunting mix of traditional music infused with the influence of Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix. Together, they created the Festival in the Desert—a grand spectacle in Mali's dunes that attracted some of the most famous musicians in the world. But as the music flourished, the friendship turned to enmity when Ghali succumbed to the pull of radical Islam. In The Desert Blues, Joshua Hammer brings to life the jubilant possibility the festival represented and the deadly drama that ripped it all apart.

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Kindle Single When a volcano on the Indonesian island of Java threatens to explode, one man refuses to obey an order to evacuate: the wizard of Mount Merapi. The danger, says the enigmatic resident of the mountain’s heights, lies below, in the plains by the sea. Based on journalist Marc Herman’s on-the-ground reporting and published on the two-hundred-year anniversary of the largest volcanic blast in recorded history, this story carries readers from the creaking seismographs of a geophysical observatory, to thundering meetings of the gods, and finally to the slopes of an erupting volcano, as a high-stakes crisis unfolds.

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Kindle Single Ever wonder why glum rock à la Nirvana became popular in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War, or why gastropubs that serve organic kumquat have replaced all-American chain restaurants? Can the tennis rivalry between John McEnroe and Björn Borg shed light on the type of sadness inherent to success? And what’s the connection between the music of Weezer and the Presidents of the United States? (Hint: It has to do with the difference between pretending to be nerdy and actually being nerdy.) In Grunge, Nerds, and Gastropubs writer Kevin Craft examines some of the most memorable pop culture phenomena of the past two decades, highlights the innumerable threads that connect them and shows why they still matter to us today.

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Kindle Single What would you be willing to do for money and power? Less than ten years after she fled Iran and rebuilt her life from scratch, Janet Tavakoli found herself faced with another life-changing decision when the frat-house mentality of her Wall Street firm became too much to bear. In her explosive new memoir, industry veteran Tavakoli shines a bright light on how the relentless pressure of Wall Street’s profit-above-all culture reshaped people's lives, drove some to despair and changed the landscape of global finance forever.

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Kindle Single Over the course of a three-hour Kindle Singles Interview in her home office on New York’s Upper East Side, Dr. Helen Fisher – who wrote the classic and bestselling books The Anatomy of Love and Why We Love, and who is the chief scientific adviser of Matchmaking at – discussed her life’s work unraveling the mysteries of the heart by exploring how love plays out in the brain. Dr. Fisher also revealed the evolutionary reason some spouses stray, the best way to get over a breakup, the role self-deception plays in having a spectacular love life, and, thankfully, the answer to that ever-mystifying question: who should pay for dinner?

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Kindle Single They were in and out in less than two minutes—that’s how they got away with millions. And for the duration of their reign, no bank robbers were more feared or more mythologized than the Stopwatch Gang. The members themselves were straight out of central casting, led by their fearless point man whose story was all prelude to a tragic but life-saving fall from grace. In The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang, Josh Dean reconstructs the Gang’s glory days and reveals how the real story is more remarkable than the myth that has long been told.

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Kindle Single In this touching and humorous essay, poet John Philip Drury recounts coming of age during the Vietnam Era. With a low draft number and the end of his college days looming, Drury faces the imminent possibility of fighting in a war that he opposes. In the meantime, he tries and abandons a dream to become a songwriter, labors mightily to lose his virginity, and looks to the adult world around him for models of what he most wants to be — an artist. Heading for a Total Eclipse takes a close look at a young man's attempt to maintain his integrity during a turbulent era, and in the face of impossible choices.

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Kindle Single She has a fulfilling career, a supportive family, a lovely boyfriend and quite nice hair. So why does Lynn Enright's life seem to be missing something? Why, she wonders, does she still care so much about getting married? A listicle with ambitions above its station, this is a hilarious exploration of the role marriage plays for young women today, and a moving account from a woman in love.

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Kindle Single It’s a cruel 21st century paradox that the poor of the earth have more trouble accessing a toilet than a cell phone. Without proper sanitation, huge urban populations suffer daily indignities and waves of infectious disease. In No Place To Go, journalist Richard Koenig turns his attention to the Ghanaian city of Kumasi, where a buck-the-odds start-up is trying to change all that. Amid a spreading cholera outbreak, Koenig follows the team as it works to overcome challenges on every front: from getting more toilets into more homes, to transporting waste across a city without sewers, to dealing with local politics. The result is a frank report on a global crisis and a reminder of poverty's harrowing consequences.

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Kindle Single In November 2011, after years in remission, 58-year-old Walter Keller had nearly lost his latest battle with leukemia. Desperate, his family turned to a radical, barely tested gene-therapy treatment. What happened next may change the course of medicine -- and offer new hope to millions of cancer sufferers and their families.

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Kindle Single Louis C.K. is the conquering hero of stand-up comedy and the star-writer-director of "Louie," a cable series now in its fifth season that has warped the boundaries of traditional comedy and storytelling. But his high visibility and multiple Emmy nominations have also exposed him to the prairie fires of controversy that rage across the Internet. Will his artistic ambition, brooding presence, and grappling depictions of sex on "Louie" be his undoing? Vanity Fair columnist James Wolcott considers C.K.'s place in the pantheon of talented and tortured comic artists, from Chaplin to the present.

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Kindle Single In 2005, at the height of his fame, comedian Dave Chappelle left show business, giving up a small fortune and the hottest new television show in years. In so doing, he transformed himself from one of the greatest comics of his generation into one of the most enigmatic ever. In Searching for Dave Chappelle, New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman sorts through the myriad theories and examines what happened to this singular artist, revealing a story not just about Chappelle, but also about race, fame and the often blurry relationship between image and reality.

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