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Stephen King: Guns

Stephen KingStephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide best sellers, including 11/22/63 and Under the Dome. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Guns is his second work of nonfiction.

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

Compelling Ideas Expressed at Their Natural Length

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 Seven years after a brush with death on Mount Rainier, amateur mountaineer and family man Barron Brown agrees to join a friend on one of the peak’s most dangerous routes. Caught between a lifelong desire for adventure and a crippling fear of death, Brown finds himself teetering with ambivalence as the climb draws near. Does danger breed character, or is mountaineering sheer indulgence? What duty does a man have to stay safe—and grounded—for his family’s sake? Will he return home brimming with accomplishment, or make his wife a widow, his young daughter an orphan?

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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 In this exclusive interview, Dr. Alexandra Horowitz, one of the world’s leading dog experts and author of Inside of a Dog, sits down with Kindle Singles to discuss what dogs know, how they think, and how they went from stealing our scraps to sharing our beds. Over the course of a two-and-a-half-hour conversation, Horowitz reveals how she went from merely loving dogs to working with them every day, how writing about the loss of her beloved Pumpernickel became a #1 bestseller, and what exactly prompts that “guilty” look on our dogs’ faces.

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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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