The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books This week: Alice Hoffman returns to the Owens family, editor Chris Jackson relaunches One World, poet Rupi Kaur, the romance of the family farm and an American in Moscow during an interesting year.
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Exclusive First Read: 'The Dinner' By Herman Koch

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American poet Robert Frost, shown here in 1955, died on Jan. 29, 1963. Now, 50 years after his death, a rare collection of letters, audio and photographs sheds new light on his religious beliefs. AP hide caption

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Rare Robert Frost Collection Surfaces 50 Years After His Death

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Data gleaned from e-readers gives writers a new kind of feedback to take into consideration — or ignore. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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E-Readers Track How We Read, But Is The Data Useful To Authors?

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A Historic Arrival: New York's Grand Central Turns 100

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George Saunders On Absurdism And Ventriloquism In 'Tenth Of December'

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New education standards place more emphasis on nonfiction reading and writing over fiction works. Some say this could lead students away from a passionate engagement with literature. Chris Sadowski /iStockphoto hide caption

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New Reading Standards Aim To Prep Kids For College — But At What Cost?

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Emily Musette Hays performs in the 2012 Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington, D.C. The U.S. competition served as a model for the U.K.'s Poetry By Heart contest. James Kegley/The Poetry Foundation hide caption

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U.K. Asks Students To Learn Poetry 'By Heart,' Not By Rote

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Whole Foods has more than 300 stores and continues to expand. Harry Cabluck/AP hide caption

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Whole Foods Founder John Mackey On Fascism And 'Conscious Capitalism'

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In Texas, Bexar County officials compare the proposed digital-only library to an Apple store. The 4,989-square-foot modern space will contain 100 e-readers available for circulation, 50 e-readers for children, 50 computer stations, 25 laptops and 25 tablets on-site. Courtesy of Bexar County hide caption

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Hold On To Your Tighty Whities, Captain Underpants Is Back!

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor applauds during a reception in her honor at the White House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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