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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 Navy SEALs are the military's elite—highly trained, deadly, and sworn to secrecy about their dangerous missions. So when one member of a strike team goes public about a high-profile assassination abroad, all of his comrades are thrown into peril. In this riveting novella, attorney Paul Madriani comes to the aid of a Navy SEAL who is pursued by his own government and facing possible prosecution for disclosures he says were made by others. When the soldier disappears, Paul finds himself ensnared in a deadly game of intrigue that forces him to track the man down before it’s too late.

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Kindle Single In the wake of Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th, 2014, protestors filled the streets for months demanding justice. Former Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith explores the roots of Ferguson's rage and offers insights on how other cities can address their own simmering issues of racial and class inequality—insights that are all the more relevant after Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, was killed by a white police officer in South Carolina on April 4th, 2015.

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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 A shocking discovery in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity proves to be a curious keystone in the author's quest to piece together his identity in one of the most broken parts of the world. Exploring at least five centuries and traveling between four continents, traditions, and taboos, all while applying journalistic rigor and heartfelt charm to a string of mysteries and revelations, the author finds family and connection in the chaos of his — and history's — tangled strangeness.

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Kindle Single On September 1, 1996, the Israeli military began preparing for a war with Syria based on intelligence they received from a Syrian informant code-named Red Falcon, who had been recruited years earlier by Mossad spy Yehuda Gil. But now, on the brink of war, questions arose about whether the Red Falcon’s information could be trusted. Journalist Ronen Bergman takes us to the heart of Israel's shadowy spy agencies, and inside the highest levels of a government lurching toward war. At the center of it all is the mystery of Red Falcon, his spymaster handler, and the very nature of deception.

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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 For generations, the city of Berlin has promised romance, danger, opportunity. But what happens when you wake up one hungover morning and realize the promise is gone… along with your cheap apartment? What does it do to your sense of place to realize that Berlin is following cluelessly, blindly, in New York’s footsteps, from artsy wonderland to real estate boondoggle? Part amateur sociology, part autobiographical journey, Zombies of Berlin is not a political pamphlet, but a hauntingly melancholic and comical journey: a vivid portrait of status anxiety in the age of real estate.

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Kindle Single Over a perfect cup of French roast, Ted Allen, host of the Food Network’s wildly popular cooking competition show Chopped and one of the most recognizable faces on TV, sits down with Kindle Singles to chart his rise to the top of the foodie renaissance, from his days as an Esquire writer to his role on Bravo’s groundbreaking Queer Eye for the Straight Guy to his James Beard Award-winning work on Chopped. After a tour of his “stupid”-nice Brooklyn brownstone, the 49-year-old Emmy-winner and popular cookbook author reveals what it was like coming out to his conservative parents, the most unforgettable chef meltdown he’s ever witnessed, and the one episode of Chopped that went way too far.

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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 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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