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Allison Yarrow: The Devil of Williamsburg

Allison YarrowAllison Yarrow is a writer, editor, producer and multimedia journalist covering a range of topics including the intersection of health and politics, culture, life and religion. She is a contributing writer at Time and author of The Devil of Williamsburg, a true crime story about a sex abuse trial in ultra-Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn.

Richard Russo: Nate in Venice

Richard RussoRichard Russo is the author of six previous novels and The Whore's Child, a collection of stories. In 2002, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls.

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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 The year is 1913. Crew members of an isolated research station north of the Arctic Circle have committed mass suicide. What horrors drove them to do it? In this breathtaking second case in "The Secret Files of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle," the world-famous detective and his team must brave an icy world rife with ghostly myths and dangers in order to unravel the cryptic mystery.

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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 Two registered sex offenders had come to live in the small Connecticut town Gary Greenberg had called home for thirty years--and his fellow citizens, terrified and enraged, had come out to pin the blame on him. In this riveting memoir about a modern-day witch hunt, Greenberg recounts with acerbic wit what it's like to be the target of an entire town's wrath.

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Kindle Single Robert Howard was a teenager at a Catholic high school in the American Midwest when he first read James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." In this wise and revealing work of memoir and literary essay, Howard explores the intense identification he felt with the novel’s protagonist, Stephen Dedalus, and traces the ways in which Dedalus's journey guided his own awakening, from escaping a troubled family life to confronting his tormented relationship with both faith and sexual desire.

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Kindle Single It was the spring of 1987, and crack cocaine had turned whole swaths of Detroit into combat zones. One evening that May, the police arrested a 17-year-old kid named Rick Wershe. They called him White Boy Rick. Journalist Evan Hughes untangles fact from fiction in Wershe's improbable story, tracking down the dealers, cops, and federal agents who shared the streets with him and eventually meeting Wershe himself at the rural Michigan prison where he remains incarcerated.

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Kindle Single The painting from the massive bestseller The Goldfinch flies from its frame and the page in this true story, with piercing insight into the passion, and the tragedy, that went into creating an iconic work of art.

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Kindle Single The one thing certain about retiring Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is that we want him to stand for something, even if we can't quite settle on what that something is. Baseball has needed him as a symbol, and Jeter has allowed himself to be symbolic--even while he reveals nothing of his interior life and nothing of himself. In "The Swinger," Joseph Bottum examines the mask of Derek Jeter and considers his place in the history of the game.

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Kindle Single Paris in the Roaring Twenties was the setting for one of history's most bizarre medical frauds: the claim that humans could be revitalized by being transplanted with the organs of apes. Thousands of people paid a fortune for the treatment. In this stunning look back, John Baxter turns a searchlight onto a grotesque corner of medical history and its most sinister practitioner.

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Kindle Single Ken Burns--the Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated producer and director of hugely popular documentary films that include "The Civil War," "The Central Park Five," "Baseball," and "The Brooklyn Bridge"--opens up about how he picks his subjects, his true feelings about "the Ken Burns Effect," his harrowing childhood, and his much-anticipated new seven-part series, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," that debuts on September 14 on PBS.

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Kindle Single On her deathbed, David Dobbs's mother revealed a secret she'd kept for 60 years about the man she had truly loved, and lost. Intrigued by his mother's hidden longing, Dobbs embarks on a quest to uncover the man's fate, and finds an extraordinary tale of love, war, and how we confront the lost chances in our lives.

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Kindle Single In his mid-twenties, Charles Darwin sailed around the world, exploring jungles, climbing mountains, trekking across deserts. He also made the discoveries that led him to formulate his theory of Natural Selection as the driving force of evolution. From the author of "Mayflower: The Voyage from Hell," a new look at how Darwin's five-year journey turned him into the greatest scientist of his century.

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Kindle Single Paul Reiser--the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 Last September, a group of fanatical, heavily armed gunmen stormed a crowded shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Within hours, they had killed 67 people and wounded hundreds, spreading chaos and panic in the Kenyan capital and beyond. In "Terror in the Tropics," journalist Roger Howard uncovers what happened over the three-day siege, and what makes us vulnerable to similar attacks in the future.

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Kindle Single When her three-month-old daughter is diagnosed with a rare seizure disorder, Elizabeth Aquino and her husband are thrust into a nightmarish world of impossible decisions. As they grapple with their child's illness, so too unfolds a searing tale of unintended medical trauma and the search for healing--full of stubborn hope, unexpected grace, and abiding love.

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Kindle Single In the early 1980s, before the dawn of cable television, the fresh and ironic obsessions of a charismatic young standup comic named David Letterman transformed comedy forever. In this definitive oral history of "Late Night," Letterman's NBC 12:30 am talk show that aired from 1982 to 1993, writers, producers, executives and actors share revealing stories--from the origins of the Top 10 Lists and Stupid Pet Tricks to the battle over who would replace Letterman’s mentor, Johnny Carson, as host of "The Tonight Show", to Letterman's final days at 30 Rock before moving to CBS and "The Late Show".

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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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