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Adrian Chen | The New Yorker | Nov. 16, 2015 | 42 minutes (10,643 words)
How social media changed the beliefs of a devout member of the Westboro Baptist Church, which pickets the funerals of gay men and of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2. Hidden in a Suitcase
Michele Leavitt | Guernica Magazine | Nov. 16, 2015 | 20 minutes (5,214 words)
In search of the mother who gave her up for adoption, the author instead finds six siblings—and a family ravaged by addiction.
3. “Why Him, Why Me?”
Eli Saslow | ESPN | Nov. 17, 2015 | 20 minutes (5,082 words)
A tragic collision on a football field connects a high school linebacker with a former college running back, who experienced a similar tragedy 26 years prior.
4. Biography of a Face
Steve Fishman | New York Magazine | Nov. 15, 2015 | 20 minutes (5,186 words)
Three months ago, Patrick Hardison’s face belonged to a young Brooklyn bike mechanic. Fishman tells the story of both men, and the most extensive face transplant yet performed.
5. Good-bye Uterus, Good Riddance
A. N. Devers | Lenny | Nov. 19, 2015 | 8 minutes (2,085 words)
“A couple of weeks ago, I decided to invite a few friends out for cocktails to toast to my last period.” Longreads contributor A.N. Devers on preparing for a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with endometriosis and adenomyosis.