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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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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 Heartbreak and betrayal in this mesmerizing new novella from all-time best seller Barbara Taylor Bradford. From the moment that beautiful Fiona stood up to the school bullies for Hayley, the misfit, the two have been inseparable. Twenty years later, they still share everything, and even run their own business together. That is, until a dark secret threatens to test their loyalty to breaking point. What would you do if you discovered that your best friend could be your worst enemy?

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Kindle Single With her shocking dismissal, former New York Times editor Jill Abramson can now be added to the list of women who have been hired to run large corporations – only to be publicly fired soon thereafter. Barnard College president Debora Spar explores this troubling trend, called the glass cliff, and asks important questions about the challenges that confront women and minorities in the workplace.

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Kindle Single In the final days of World War II, a wily band of American soldiers teamed up with the Nazis and went behind enemy lines to save the world’s rarest horses — including the exquisite white Lipizzaner -- from imminent extinction at the hands of the Russians. The writer behind "Captain Phillips" recounts the exhilarating rescue mission in vivid narrative.

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Kindle Single Paul Reiser--the #1 New York Times best-selling author and star of TV's classic sitcom Mad About You --recalls his memorable encounters with legendary Hollywood greats whose advice, friendship and example showed him how to be a better artist and better man. By turns touching and comic, Reiser shares the intimate details of inspiring backstage moments with comedy greats such as Bill Cosby, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Carol Burnett, and Peter Falk, and what they taught him about life, work, and creativity.

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Kindle Single A behind-the-scenes look at the world's biggest and most tangled legal case. Part detective story, part courtroom drama, this is the definitive account of Chevron's struggle to prove that the truth is the truth--even when the truth is on the side of the seemingly guilty corporate Goliath, and not the charismatic David fighting for the indigenous people of the Amazon rain forest.

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Kindle Single The general public has never heard of Jack O'Dell. But many of those who worked with him in the fifties and sixties consider him the unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement. Victor Navasky, the longtime editor of The Nation, drawing on secret government files and interviews with O'Dell himself, seeks to correct that historical oversight.

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Kindle Single Over the past few years, as hundreds of great new breweries have opened around the world, there’s been an explosion of interest in good beer. Despite beer's renaissance, however, no one has focused on what it is about beer that makes it the drink for our age. In this personal essay, Evan Rail investigates the compelling aspects of beer, including its very real sense of place to its unusual relationship with the passing of time.

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Kindle Single What does "feminism" mean today? That is the question at the heart of the personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk--by the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. With humor and levity, Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness.

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Kindle Single In his home high atop the Hollywood Hills, 54-year-old “Weird Al” Yankovic – the Grammy-winning song parodist famous for such hits as “Like A Surgeon,” “I Love Rocky Road,” and “Eat It” – let down his legendary hair for a relaxed, revealing and often hilarious three-hour conversation. Among other topics, Al opened up about his nerdy childhood, his gut-wrenching reach for movie stardom, and his hopes for his newest album, "Mandatory Fun." He also discussed his future plans to have a drug problem.

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Kindle Single The bomb appeared early one morning in an upstairs office of Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino near Lake Tahoe, an enigmatic box covered in a bewildering array of switches. A neatly typed letter explained that the box contained 1,000 pounds of dynamite. It was the largest improvised explosive device in American history – and its creator promised to explain how to remove it safely if the casino delivered $3 million by helicopter to a remote landing site in the mountains. Highly recommended.

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Kindle Single What happens when you begin to build a library in childhood and then find you have too many books? In 2013, novelist Linda Grant moved to a tiny two bedroom flat and faced the trauma of getting rid of thousands of books – raising the question of what purpose personal libraries serve in our lives, and revealing the seductive lure of e-readers.

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Kindle Single In this scandalous memoir presented by The Onion, America's favorite politician discusses his early years, before he became ultimate wingman to the leader of the free world. Speaking of his own work, Vice President Biden says, "Amigo, you're just one click away from buying Uncle Joe's tell-all autobiography. My sweetest guitar riffs, bustiest lays, wildest benders, and sexiest appropriation bills, it's all in there."

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Kindle Single Summer 1945. With Germany defeated, the Allies turned their full attention to the remaining enemy, Japan. The United States now had a secret weapon--the atomic bomb. A committee of American scientists, military brass and civil servants convened to decide how to use this weapon of unprecedented destructive power. A riveting account of the choices made that changed the world.

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Kindle Single The existence of extraterrestrials may seem a charming whimsy. But is someone, or something, out there actually sending us a message? In "Little Green Men," journalist and documentarian Bill Retherford explores the serious and scientific search to find an alien civilization somewhere in our galaxy. The greatest adventure of all, astronomers say, is within our grasp--if only we're listening.

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Kindle Single A fly-on-the wall insider's account of the making of Joel and Ethan Coen's classic 1996 movie The Big Lebowski, that delivers a revealing and intimate portrait of the brothers at work on their cult masterpiece.

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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 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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