10 Best Books on Amazon Kindle Unlimited: Fiction

Back in July Amazon opened up its Kindle Unlimited subscription service to the U.S., throwing their hat in the ring to be the “Netflix of books.” For just $9.99 a month, users can access over 700,000 e-books on their Kindle e-readers, through the Kindle app for iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Blackberry, or on their desktop.

Having access to this library is a boon for bookworms—that is, if they can figure out what to read. With so many titles to choose from and, frankly, quite a few duds, the choices can be a bit overwhelming. We’ve dug through their fiction selection to find the best books on Kindle Unlimited for you to download.

71qsXVeH9oL._SL1500_The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (1940)
Often named one of the best novels of the 20th century, McCullers’ modern classic debuted when she was just 23. The story follows a deaf man named John Singer and the friends he makes in a small Georgia town in the 1930s. Singer’s life changes when he is separated from his mute companion and meets heroine Mick Kelly, a tomboy who loves music.

Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman (1965)
This novel is the original “young idealistic teacher fights bureaucracy and small budgets in an inner-city school” tale, but it’s told through inter-office memos, students’ notes, suggestion box ideas, and lesson plans. After spending 64 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list when it debuted, it was adapted into a film in 1967, becoming an instant classic.

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A Beach Picnic, Philly Style

foobooz-down-the-shore-squarePacking a picnic basket for a day trip to the beach can be a monotonous task. Water bottles, ham-and-cheese sandwiches on white, bags of salt and vinegar chips. Or maybe, because you’re a true Philadelphian, you’re making a pit stop at Wawa for an Italian hoagie with extra sweet peppers. There’s nothing wrong with the usual. Old habits die hard and it’s a fact that hoagies taste better with salt water in the air. This summer however, we’re breaking routine and packing up some of our local Philly favorites to bring down the shore because everyone needs a taste of home away from home.

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Every Mayor of Philadelphia, Ranked by How Funny-Sounding Their Names Are

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Clockwise from bottom left: James H. Tate, Joseph Hampton Moore, Frank Rizzo, Michael Nutter, John F. Street, Rudolph Blankenburg, and Morton McMichael. Photos of Nutter and Street | Jeff Fusco. All others public domain

Working from this master list from Wikipedia, I have compiled a ranking of every mayor in Philadelphia’s history, from Humphrey Morrey (appointed by William Penn in 1691) to Michael Nutter (defeated Al Taubenberger in 2007).

The mayors are ranked by how funny I think their names sound. Enjoy!

1. Michael Nutter

2. Atwood Shute

3. Isaac Roach

4. Frank Rizzo

5. Richardson Dilworth

6. Joseph Willcox

7. Jonathan Dickinson

8. William Atwood

9. Benjamin Wood Richards

10. John Inskeep

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Philly Shafted On “Gayest Cities in America” List … Again

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The Advocate just released its annual Gayest Cities in America list and, wouldn’t you know, Philly doesn’t make the cut. This isn’t terribly surprising news. Philly hasn’t been on the list for at least the last two years. But you may be surprised to learn that Pittsburgh made it. Coming in at No. 15, the City of Bridges earned points for its collection of women’s colleges, and the fact that it’s played home to gay icons Andy Warhol, Gertrude Stein and Willa Cather.

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10 Hilarious Gay Pulp Fiction Covers

Queerty rounds up a great collection of gay pulp fiction covers from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The exploitative works, Queerty writes, “were the literary version of Bravo: cheap, trashy entertainment exclusively for gay men and bored housewives.” And the covers were just plain hilarious. Check out 10 of them in the slideshow below, and then see the rest here.

 

Conde Nast: Atlantic City One Of World’s Most Unfriendly Places

Atlantic City may have the cheapest airport in the country and some of the most authentic Vietnamese food around, but it’s also one of the most unfriendly cities in the world and in the U.S., according to two separate worst of lists published by Conde Nast Traveler. Close to 50,000 readers cast their votes in an annual readers’ choice poll. Read more »

The List: 6 Controversial Philadelphia Covers

1. Philadelphia Daily News, “The Cowardly Penguin,” April 18, 2012

While this cover was strange and turned a lot of heads, Sidney Crosby himself reportedly said, “That’s probably one of the nicer things they’ve said about me here.”  And Flyers fans were certainly not opposed.

Level of Controversy: 1 (out of 5)
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12 Most Mind-Blowing Fast Food Menu Items

This week, the nation braces itself for the premiere of the Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich. The “savory and sweet breakfast treat” features bacon and fried eggs nestled between two halves of a glazed donut—a whimsical, boundary-pushing menu addition. I’m offering $5 and a roll of Tums to any officemate who’s willing to give it a go.

But in the realm of fast food monstrosities, Dunkin’ Donuts is hardly breaking new ground. Just yesterday, Foobooz reported on a disturbing (but apparently popular) “burger dog” from the Broadway Bar in Delco. In anticipation of the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich, here are 12 of the most mind-blowing fast food monstrosities to ever hit value menus: Read more »

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