The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books This week: The 2017 NPR Book Concierge is here! And there's some other great stuff going on too, from an Argentine cartoonist who moonlights as a rock star, to the new Gregory Maguire novel.

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

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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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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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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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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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'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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