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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 Villa Bohème is a washed-up Puerto Rican motel run by a washed-up lawyer with one remaining client. Into it steps Tito, the lawyer's son, fourteen years old, smart and surly, fleeing his mother and her annoying boyfriend. Amid the various lost people who inhabit the motel, Tito begins to make his way into adulthood, serving drinks, reading Judy Blume books in secret, fantasizing about the sexy bartender, and navigating the heady atmosphere of Puerto Rican politics.

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Kindle Single In this eye-opening and provocative exposé, Lukas I. Alpert of the Wall Street Journal goes deep inside the Kremlin’s global propaganda machine: the state-run, English-language broadcaster RT. Leading the charge of several increasingly polished, government-run television channels, RT has won fans by billing itself as a network willing to challenge the narrative offered by traditional broadcasters like CNN and the BBC and give a voice to stories mainstream media ignores. But a closer look reveals that it is really a slick disinformation tool aimed at furthering Russia's foreign policy objectives by denigrating the West at all costs.

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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 Bestselling author Brian Donovan returns with a hilarious glimpse into yet another struggle faced by many: losing weight. Chunk follows him along his crazy, overweight journey; from the chubby 10-year old who stole brownies, to the teenage boy who made regular after-school plans to eat entire pies, to the adult man who still loves Cinnabons. It’s a bracingly funny and delightfully uncomfortable memoir of food, fitness, and the funny things that happen when we try to slim down and grow up.

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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 The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 wrenched American history onto a new course. Focusing on events in Baltimore and Pittsburgh, Cecelia Holland brings this dramatic and bloody confrontation to life, as ordinary people, driven to the wall by oppression, rose against their masters. A prolific writer of historical novels, Holland turns this forgotten chapter of history into an impossibly interesting study of gritty American life before big government, unions, or business regulation, and immerses readers in the physically and emotionally charged struggle that soon followed.

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Kindle Single In seventeenth-century Japan, the wandering poet Basho developed haiku, a seventeen-syllable poetic form now perhaps the most widely written type of poetry in the world. In “The Heart of Haiku,” poet and essayist Jane Hirshfield offers readers unparalleled insight into the living heart of haiku—how they work and what they hold, and how to read through and into their images to find a full expression of human life and perceptions, sometimes profound, sometimes playful.

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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 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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