The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books This week: Comedian Tiffany Haddish's new memoir, great desserts from Yotam Ottolenghi, Maureen Corrigan's holiday book picks, a look back at Ferdinand the bull, and our December romance roundup.

Once she started having fun onstage, Tiffany Haddish says "People were kind; it was easier to move forward." Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators hide caption

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Tiffany Haddish: 'I Know What I'm Supposed To Do Here On This Earth'

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Step by step visual instructions for rolling the pavlova with peaches and blackberries. We use plums instead of peaches for our holiday version. Peden + Munk hide caption

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Showstopping Holiday Desserts For Home Cooks Of All Skill Levels

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Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

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In the late 1930s, The Story of Ferdinand briefly outsold Gone With The Wind. Penguin Young Readers hide caption

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'Ferdinand' The Peaceful Bull Gets His First Full-Length Film

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In 'Hiddensee,' Gregory Maguire Gets Under The Shell Of 'The Nutcracker'

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Chris Matthews speaks onstage at the 2015 Ripple Of Hope Awards in December 2015 in New York City. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for RFK Human Rights hide caption

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Chris Matthews On The 'Raging Spirit' Of Bobby Kennedy

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In his new book, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains that there might be less evidence against some notoriously bad foods than we think. MHJ/Getty Images hide caption

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'The Bad Food Bible' Says Your Eating Might Not Be So Sinful After All

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Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life by Emily Kaiser Thelin, a biography of famed chef and cookbook author Paula Wolfert, includes some of Wolfert's famously detailed recipes. Courtesy of Grand Central Life & Style hide caption

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New Biography Features Recipes Of Famed Chef And Cookbook Author Paula Wolfert

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Gray Zeitz at his 1915 Chandler & Price printing press. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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When Making Books Was As Much Of An Art As Writing Them

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Chef Massimo Bottura creates a meal from Thanksgiving leftovers in NPR's kitchen. "The leftover is a big problem if you don't have a vision, if you don't have the knowledge of what you can do," he says. Above, he checks the breadcrumbs to make sure they're dry and fine enough to turn into a pasta called passatelli. Beck Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Less Waste, More Taste: A Master Chef Reimagines Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Joe Biden and his son, the late Beau Biden, embrace at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Beau Biden delivered the keynote address that year. He died seven years later from brain cancer. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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'Annotated African American Folktales' Reclaims Stories Passed Down From Slavery

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Joe Ide: Creating A Complicated Hero From the Hood

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The Phantom Minas?: Amazon announced it will bring a Lord of the Rings prequel to television. (Elijah Wood in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) 7831/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images hide caption

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10 Great, Perfect, Solid-Mithril Ideas For 'Lord Of The Rings' TV Spin-Offs

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A supermoon appears above Antwerp, Belgium, on Sept. 28, 2015. Andy Weir's second novel takes place on the first human colony on the moon. Virginia Mayo/AP hide caption

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In New Novel, 'Martian' Author Andy Weir Builds A Colony On The Moon

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Matthew Weiner attends the Mad Men Live Read at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption

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'Mad Men' Creator Says Writing A Novel Is Nothing Like TV Writing

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Actress Jenifer Lewis details her journey to the spotlight in her memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood. Harper Collins hide caption

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Jenifer Lewis Of 'Black-ish' Reflects On Her Role As Black Hollywood's Mother

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