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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.

"Chasing the Ripper" by Patricia Cornwell

Chasing the Ripper
In 2001, #1 NYT-bestselling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell launched a real-life investigation of her own, into the long-unsolved “Jack the Ripper” murders that mesmerized London in the late 1800s. Applying modern science and forensic techniques, Cornwell’s research led to Portrait of a Killer, in which she identified the renowned British painter Walter Sickert as the Ripper. Now, Cornwell revisits the Ripper murders—determined to solve the mystery once and for all. Cornwell restates her case against Sickert, unveils new evidence, clarifies his motivations, and makes him human—and offers a personal and revealing look into what it has been like for Cornwell to pursue the most sensational murders in the history of crime.
Kindle Single Ali Reynolds is finally getting married. She and longtime love B. Simpson want a simple Christmas Eve wedding, but nothing is ever simple with Ali. Even as a motley crew of friends—including Leland Brooks and Sister Anselm—descend on Las Vegas, the bride-to-be finds herself juggling last-minute wedding plans and a mystery in the form of a stray miniature dachshund. While Ali leaves no stone unturned in hunting for the dog’s owner, what she finds is more than just a shaggy dog story.

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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 The riveting story of seven American hikers who went on a wilderness adventure into Canada's Arctic tundra—polar bear country—and came back with a tale of terror. The hikers’ harrowing encounter with a polar bear is a result of the Arctic meltdown, an advanced symptom of man-made climate change that has large-scale consequences for everyone, everywhere.

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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 What does it mean to kill for your country? How do you learn how to do it? What does it feel like in the moment? Once the killing starts, how do you control it? And what happens when you kill the wrong person, or don’t kill someone you wish you had -- or look back, years later, at the people you killed? A former Iraq war correspondent reconnects with two Marines and other veterans he met in Iraq, and explores with them the act of killing in combat.

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Kindle Single From the author of the best-selling Mayflower comes a remarkable account of Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America. When the Spaniard set sail in 1492, he was expecting to find a westward shortcut to China--but landed in America instead. In the aftermath, Columbus found himself navigating not merely the Atlantic, but the treacherous politics of the Spanish court. A fascinating story of the man who changed history by mistake.

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Kindle Single On the morning of December 19, 1948, Philadelphia awoke to the hope of a first-ever NFL championship for its long-suffering Eagles – and the first flakes of a raging blizzard. Give It To Steve! follows the unlikely odyssey of superstar running back Steve Van Buren – whose slashing style revolutionized pro football --and tells the remarkable story of how pro football's "Greatest Generation" of blue-collar, combat-hardened Everymen pulled off the game of the century.

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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 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 this hilariously personal essay, Jonathan Black explores one of life's great vexations: Waiting. From doctor's offices to bad traffic, supermarket queues to college admissions limbo, Black reveals the secret truths behind everyday hold-ups and uncovers some remarkably simple solutions for avoiding them. Part journalism, part memoir, "The Doctor Will See You Shortly" takes readers on an informative and time-saving journey to find out why we wait and what we can do to get our lives back.

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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 the first detailed examination of the relationship between Firestone and Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, this ProPublica/Frontline investigation lays bare the role of a global corporation in a brutal African conflict.

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Kindle Single The 1960s were marked by social and cultural revolution, but colossal changes were also occurring in science. Writer Tim Radford explores the "hidden revolution": how little-known advances in plate tectonics, cosmology (proof of the Big Bang), satellite communications, and the development of smallpox vaccines transformed the world, and our understanding of it.

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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 Viewed today as the father of Artificial Intelligence, Alan Turing was a legendary computing pioneer, and instrumental in the Bletchley Park decoding efforts that helped the Allies win the War. A shy and private man, he was nonetheless openly homosexual in an age when its practice was illegal--and he paid for this candor with his life. A fascinating portrait of the man behind the myth.

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