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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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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 Sixteen-year-old Odd Thomas is on his way to a carnival with his girlfriend, Stormy Llewellyn, when a man with a machete in his neck interrupts their journey. Is he for real, or is he another of the strange visitations Odd Thomas has grown accustomed to? For the teenage sweethearts, the diversion soon proves a matter of life and death in this roller coaster ride from the #1 best-selling author of Innocence and The City.

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Kindle Single When protesters filled the streets of Ferguson, Missouri after a police officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown this past summer, pundits who hadn't heard of Ferguson a week earlier filled the airwaves pontificating about the root causes. But one question went unanswered: what about St. Louis’s history set it apart from the other cities that quietly endured similar tragedies? 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.

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Kindle Single One morning in 2010, four teenage boys in a small Illinois town went to work in a grain bin, a towering silver cylinder that contains corn. But something went terribly wrong. By day's end, some would be alive. Others would not, and a close-knit community would be devastated. Based on three years of reporting, this gripping true story centers on what happened to one courageous and flawed young man who survived.

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Kindle Single Vanessa Veselka grew up a child in motion. Along the way, she became enthralled with a distant part of her identity: her father’s ceremonial adoption into the Tlingit, an Alaska Native people of legendary martial prowess. As an adult, her childhood memories of Tlingit warrior tales transformed into a quest to understand her own connection to a distant people and their history. In the Fort of Young Saplings, Veselka takes readers on a genre-defying journey into the intersection of personal and geopolitical history, exploring how we're shaped by the stories we tell—and what happens when those stories shift beneath our feet.

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Kindle Single How did an 85-year old grandfather from California end up a prisoner in North Korea? “The Last P.O.W.” is the true story of Merrill Newman, a retired corporate executive who was held by North Korea’s fearsome security services for nearly two months after a tourist trip in 2013. His detention became a symbol of the seemingly permanent state of tension between North Korea and the U.S., and revealed the inner workings of one of the world’s most totalitarian states.

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Kindle Single In the annals of American firefighting, the early 1800s were a dark time. Volunteer fire companies operated less as public servants and more as rival gangs. Willard Sears, a Boston builder and abolitionist, set out to change all that. In “Company Eight,” writer Matthew Pearl tells the story of how Sears and his ragtag group sought to bring professionalism to a field laced with violence and corruption—and went up against the most powerful forces in Boston, in a battle that would shape the future of firefighting in America.

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Kindle Single Skipping back and forth in time between a boarding school in Japan, a makeshift boxing ring at Oxford, and the ER of a rough town in the American West, Then the Bell deals with both the trials of growing up and the realities of growing old. A stirring memoir of a life spent fighting in and out of the ring, from the author of The Castaway.

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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 Mike Tyson, the ex-heavyweight champion, author, actor and Broadway star, comes clean about his tumultuous past, the difficulties of writing a memoir (and what he left out), and why it can be so hard to stay out of trouble. Tyson, whose book "Undisputed Truth" recently came out in paperback, opens up about meeting his father for the first time, being present for his own kids, and why Lance Armstrong has it even worse than he does.

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Kindle Single Four years after his father died a hero's death fighting a fire, Tim Ginocchetti was behind bars for killing his mother. How one tragedy led to another is a true story about the bullying of a gay teen--but in this case, the bully was the teen's own mother. Through a heartbreaking true-crime narrative, God's Nobodies teaches profound lessons about tolerance and the human spirit's yearning for independence.

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Kindle Single In "The Face: Cartography of the Void," acclaimed poet, novelist, and screenwriter Chris Abani explores the very nature of identity. Abani meditates on his own face, beginning with a childhood immersed in the Igbo culture of West Africa. With original and profound insights into how race, culture, and language fashion one’s sense of self, Abani draws readers into his fold, inviting us to explore our own “faces” and the experiences that have shaped us. "The Face" is a gift to be read, re-read, shared, and treasured, from an author at the height of his artistic powers.

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Kindle Single A once-aspiring actress who never quite got over her dreams of Broadway stardom, Rachel Shukert made a name for herself with her widely circulated and uproariously funny recaps of NBC's television show Smash, and before long, found herself at the center of the backstage drama behind the backstage drama that captivated America.

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Kindle Single In a remote corner of the Bolivian Andes, the legendary Potosí silver mine has stood as a beacon for the greedy and the desperate since the time of the conquistadors. But as journalist Tom Zoellner discovers, the silver mine has become a tourist attraction, an anti-amusement park where hundreds of people die every year in cave-ins. Welcome to the "dark ecotourism" industry. In this searing report, Zoellner guides readers through this bizarre practice of touring the scars of the earth.

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Kindle Single Paralyzed and unable to speak after a stroke, Cathy Hutchinson was trapped inside her mind, only communicating with the outside world through her eyes. Then she heard about an experiment called BrainGate at Brown University that hoped to allow immobilized patients to control robotic limbs with their thoughts. But can what sounds like science fiction eventually transform the lives of quadriplegics? And could it help Cathy take control of her life? Jessica Benko tells the story of a radical new technology, a pioneering group of researchers, and one woman's effort to transcend her condition and the body itself.

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Kindle Single In the mid-Sixties, the James Bond films became a global phenomenon as the world thrilled to their spectacular action sequences and cool gadgets. But the films nearly went in a very different direction, with a much darker treatment of Ian Fleming’s first novel by Hollywood’s most acclaimed screenwriter. In this short e-book, journalist and spy novelist Jeremy Duns unearths Ben Hecht’s lost drafts of Casino Royale and examines what could have been.

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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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