This year we featured not only the best stories from the web, but also great chapters from new and classic books. Here’s a complete guide to every book chapter we featured this year, both for free and for Longreads Members:
Elizabeth Hyde Stevens | Make Art Make Money, Kindle Serials | September 2013 | 17 minutes (4,102 words)
In 2011, Longreads highlighted an essay called “Weekend at Kermie’s,” by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, published by The Awl. In 2013 Stevens came back with a new Muppet-inspired Kindle Serial called Make Art Make Money, part how-to, part Jim Henson history.
Elliott Holt | The Penguin Press | 2013 | 12 minutes (2,854 words)
The first chapter from Elliott Holt’s novel, You Are One of Them.
Jason Fagone | Crown | November 2013 | 19 minutes (4,972 words)
The first chapter from Jason Fagone’s new book, Ingenious, about the X Prize Foundation’s $10 million competition to build a car that can travel 100 miles on a single gallon of gas.
Sabine Heinlein | University of California Press | July 2013 | 24 minutes (6,132 words)
A full chapter from Among Murderers: Life After Prison. Writer Sabine Heinlein spent more than two years at the Castle, a prominent halfway house in Harlem, where she met convicts who were preparing for the outside world.
Jon Mooallem | Wild Ones, Penguin Press | May 2013 | 11 minutes (2,605 words)
The opening chapter of Jon Mooallem’s book Wild Ones.
Drew Magary | Gotham Books | June 2013 | 9 minutes (2,332 words)
Chapter one from Drew Magary’s memoir on fatherhood, Someone Could Get Hurt.
Emily Carter Roiphe | Seal Press | 2013 | 10 minutes (2,409 words)
An excerpt from Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, a new collection of essays edited by Sari Botton.
Cris Beam | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | August 2013 | 23 minutes (5,787 words)
The opening chapter of To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, by Cris Beam.
Jeff Sharlet | Sweet Heaven When I Die, W. W. Norton & Company | Aug 2011 | 37 minutes (9,133 words)
The story was first published in Rolling Stone in 2008 and is featured in Sharlet’s book Sweet Heaven When I Die.
Joel F. Harrington | Farrar, Straus and Giroux | March 2013 | 15 minutes (3,723 words)
An excerpt from The Faithful Executioner, by Harrington, Professor of History at Vanderbilt University.
Rose George | Metropolitan Books | August 2013 | 17 minutes (4,213 words)
The opening chapter of George’s book, Ninety Percent of Everything.
Duff McDonald | The Firm, Simon & Schuster | 2013 | 12 minutes (3,000 words)
An excerpt from Duff McDonald’s book, The Firm, on the history of McKinsey.
Janet Fitch | Back Bay Books | 1999 | 18 minutes (4,708 words)
The full first chapter from Fitch’s 1999 novel.
Belle Boggs | The New New South | August 2013 | 62 minutes (15,377 words)
Brendan I. Koerner | Crown | June 2013 | 24 minutes (6,231 words)
A chapter from Brendan I. Koerner’s book about Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow, who in 1972 hijacked Western Airlines Flight 701 headed from Los Angeles to Seattle.
Michael Hainey | Scribner | March 2013 | 10 minutes (2,542 words)
A chapter from the best-selling memoir by GQ deputy editor Michael Hainey, about his father’s death and his search for answers. Hainey was 6 years old when his father, newspaperman Bob Hainey, died suddenly, but questions remained about the circumstances around his death.
Mark Leibovich | Blue Rider Press | August 2013 | 40 minutes (10,182 words)
A chapter from This Town, Leibovich’s insider tale of life inside the Beltway bubble of Washington, D.C., and how the social lives of political lifers, journalists and hangers-on complicate the truth about what really goes on in the capital.
Mark Oppenheimer | The Atlantic Books | November 2013 | 88 minutes (22,700 words)
A Kindle Single by Mark Oppenheimer and The Atlantic Books, about Eido Shimano, a Zen Buddhist monk accused of sexually exploiting students.
David Kushner | The Atavist | October 2013
Thomas E. Ricks | The Penguin Press | November 2012 | 22 minutes (5,533 words)
From Ricks’s book The Generals, Chapter 21 details how the U.S. military and its leadership faltered in the final years of the Vietnam War.
Nate Silver | The Signal and the Noise, Penguin Press | 2012 | 37 minutes (9,052 words)
The first chapter from Silver’s book The Signal and the Noise.
Sigrid Nunez | Sempre Susan, Atlas | 2011 | 14 minutes (3,513 words)
We need your help to get to 5,000 Longreads Members.