The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week.

Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.
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1. How Do You Forgive a Murder?

David Von Drehle, Jay Newton-Small, and Maya Rhoda | Time Magazine | Nov. 12, 2015 | 59 minutes (14,865 words)

The families and survivors of the Charleston massacre share their stories and talk about faith and forgiveness.

2. The Strange, True Story of How a Chairman at McKinsey Made Millions of Dollars off His Maid

Nilita Vachani | The Nation | Nov. 9, 2015 | 24 minutes (6,141 words)

For a brief period of time, Manju Das was almost certainly the wealthiest domestic worker in the world. Unfortunately, she never knew or had access to the money; she was a pawn in an insider trading scheme, and her employer was using her name to collect millions.

3. The Bed-Rest Hoax

Alexandra Kleeman | Harper’s | Nov. 13, 2015 | 16 minutes (4,039 words)

Each year as many as 700,000 pregnant women are put on bed rest, but there’s still little evidence that it is effective. (Metered paywall.)

4. Living and Dying on Airbnb

Zak Stone | Matter | Nov. 9, 2015 | 22 minutes (5,571 words)

Zak Stone’s father was killed while staying in an Airbnb rental. Here, he examines Airbnb’s history of providing reactive—rather than proactive—solutions to liability issues.

5. Lost at Sea

Jonathan Franklin | Guardian | Nov. 7, 2015 | 18 minutes (4,508 words)

How Salvador Alvarenga survived 438 days at sea, drifting from the coast of Mexico to the Marshall Islands.