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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.

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 From bestselling thriller author David Morrell comes a brooding Thomas De Quincey short story about the coldest of deaths and their heartbreaking aftermath. De Quincey – the central character of Morrell's Murder as a Fine Art – was one of the most brilliant literary personalities of the 1800s. But at the core of his success lies a terrible tragedy. In this novella, based on real-life events, Morrell shares De Quincey's story of a horrific snowstorm in which a mother and father died and their six children were trapped in the mountains of England's Lake District. Even more gripping is what happened after.

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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 New Year’s Eve, 2012: Disaster strikes when a Royal Dutch Shell oil rig breaks loose on the high seas off the coast of Alaska and begins drifting toward the rocks of remote Kodiak Island. As a winter storm builds, Coast Guard helicopters race to rescue its crew, and a local sailor fights to keep the rig off the rocks. From the edges of the American Arctic to the boardrooms of the international oil industry, Of Ice and Men reveals what happens when everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and how the bravery of a select few saved the lives of many.

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Kindle Single As a rejected child model, failed telemarketer, and pet-sitter to a dying bird, Stephanie Georgopulos has never refused an unconventional job – which is good, because graduating into the 2008 recession ensured those were the only ones she qualified for. Equal parts comical and cringe-inducing, Some Things I Did for Money is an honest reflection on the way we define work and what it means to be rich.

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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 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 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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