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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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Anil Ananthaswamy: Do No Harm

Anil AnanthaswamyAnil Ananthaswamy is a science writer focused on physics, neuroscience and climate change, and a correspondent for New Scientist. His next book, tentatively titled Maladies of the Self, is about the neuroscience of our sense of self.

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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 Marianne Kent’s life is steady – living with her widowed mother, majoring in economics, working in a dress store after school. But everything changes one night when she comes home and discovers her worst nightmare has come true: her mother has been murdered. The NYPD is stumped. With no immediate family, whom can she turn to? In this new thriller from Susan Isaacs, the bestselling author of Compromising Positions, Marianne does what strong women always do: she relies on her own skills to solve the case of a lifetime.

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Kindle Single On March 27, 2015, Italy’s high court overturned the guilty verdicts for Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in the 2007 murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher. The court’s decision reverses all previous rulings, effectively bringing to an end one of the most high-profile and divisive international murder cases in recent memory. In The Forgotten Killer, #1 bestselling author and journalist Douglas Preston and a team of expert criminologists, forensic scientists and lawmakers provide a gripping and definitive account of what actually happened on the night Kercher was murdered, who killed her, and what Knox and Sollecito had to do with it.

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Kindle Single On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people on board. A year later, still no trace of the plane, or its passengers, has been found. In “The Plane That Wasn’t There,” science journalist and CNN aviation analyst Jeff Wise provides a gripping account of the greatest aviation mystery in history, and adds his own startling hypothesis about who took the plane, where they took it, and how. Sweeping aside existing theories and misconceptions, Wise lays out with clear concision just what we know about the plane’s fate—and what we don’t.

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Kindle Single Twenty-year-old Norman Ollestad escapes his mundane collegiate routine for St. Anton, a remote village nestled in the dangerous peaks of the Austrian Alps, where he fills his days with endless, exhilarating skiing. But in the quiet moments, Norman cannot escape the painful memories of his father, who died in a terrible plane crash of which Norman, at the age of eleven, was the sole survivor. Gravity, from the author of the bestselling memoir Crazy for the Storm, is the next chapter in the extraordinary life of a survivor determined to embrace life with the passion his father instilled in him.

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Kindle Single When 20 year-old Baby returns from Delhi to West Bengal to care for her ailing mother, her fellow Santhals, members of one of India's most insular and persecuted tribes, shun her for being too ostentatious. But when Baby falls in love with an outsider, rural gossip explodes into shocking violence. Brutally gang-raped by 13 villagers as punishment, Baby has nowhere to turn. With her story suddenly on front pages across India, Baby's search for justice comes into terrible conflict with the fate of her people.

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Kindle Single Almost forty years ago, the editorial workers at the New Yorker tried to join the Newspaper Guild – but were met with fierce resistance from William Shawn, the strong-willed longtime editor. Daniel Menaker, former fiction editor at the New Yorker and author of My Mistake, tells this story of hypocrisy, outrage, courage, cowardice, and dental benefits – all within the offices of the world's greatest magazine.

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Kindle Single Nearly 20 years ago, a rags-to-riches company called And1 exploded on the billion-dollar basketball sneaker market – and then quickly faded away. Can And1 possibly catch lightning in a bottle again? Zach Schonbrun inspects the rise, fall, and current relaunch of one of the most fascinating brands of the 1990s, and peels back the curtain on "sneakerhead" culture, this country's haywire enthrallment with basketball shoes, and how a company like And1 can hope to compete again in a $4.5 billion industry.

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Kindle Single A young boy sitting on a piano bench realizes that he will never marry. At the time, this seems merely a simple, if odd, fact, but as his attraction to boys grows stronger, he is pulled into a vortex of denial. For 25 years, he lives in an inverted world—until one day, seemingly miraculously, the world turns itself upright and the possibility of love floods in. National Magazine Award-winner Jonathan Rauch’s memoir of growing up a closeted gay man is by turns harrowing and funny, a grippingly intimate journey through a bizarre maze of self-torment that ends with an unexpected discovery.

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Kindle Single Oscar-winning director Errol Morris is responsible for some of the strangest and most unforgettable documentary films of the last 50 years, from Gates of Heaven to The Fog of War. In this bizarrely illuminating and at times unsettling conversation, one of America’s most provocative public intellectuals traces the origins of his obsession with the quixotic and controversial, while taking aim at the subjects that hit closest to home: among them, the CIA torture report, the filmed death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, the sudden death of his father and his overwhelming fascination with murder.

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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 At first glance, the world of Minecraft—the hugely popular video-game in which players build, explore and sometimes destroy a Lego-like virtual world—bears few similarities to any place we know. But upon closer examination, the differences between this complex virtual reality and our own are not as vast as we think. In “How You Play the Game,” author and philosopher Charlie Huenemann looks philosophically at the game of Minecraft and offers an entertaining, insightful and often hilarious investigation of the game and the strange worlds—virtual and not—surrounding it.

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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 Time did not begin with the Big Bang. Before that original explosion, a fireball grew from a seed smaller than the nucleus of an atom. Where this seed came from suggests there were other seeds – and other resulting universes. A mind-boggling exploration of the beginnings of life, from the award-winning science writer and author of In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat.

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Kindle Single From Mick Wall, the UK’s best-known rock writer and author of bestselling books on Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and Lou Reed, comes a sensational new biography of Pink Floyd. After half a century and more than 150 albums sold, the sheer weight of Pink Floyd’s achievements belies the utter strangeness of the band’s story. From the bitter feuds to the triumphant second comings, no group since The Beatles has paraded its human fragilities to such a damagingly public extent while continuing to produce music on the cutting edge. In “The Endless Journey: 50 Years Of Pink Floyd,” Wall tells the impossibly tall tale of the band, then and now, on the heels of its first album in more than 20 years.

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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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