The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books This week: Joe Biden's wrenching memoir. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar talk African American folk tales. Joe Ide's Los Angeles, Lord of the Rings prequels and Andy Weir's new space adventure.

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Celebration Is In The Air. Or Is That Just Snow?

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Deborah Franklin defended her home against a mob that was angry about the Stamp Act. Courtesy of Harper hide caption

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'Founding Mothers' Helps Kids 'Remember The Ladies'

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A detail of a drawing from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Graham S. Haber/Courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum hide caption

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Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y.

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Movie Buff Or Not, There's Something 'Beautiful' About Hollywood

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Skeptic Takes A Tour Of Self-Help's 'Promise Land'

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B.J. Novak is a writer and actor best known for his work on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is his first collection. Jennifer Rocholl hide caption

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'The Literalist's Love Poem,' Read By Emma Thompson

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One Last Tale Of The City In 'Anna Madrigal'

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For Cheating Husbands, A Little Dose Of Revenge

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In addition to being the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor was New York state's first Hispanic federal judge. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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As A Latina, Sonia Sotomayor Says, 'You Have To Work Harder'

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This photograph of Artis Henderson and her husband Miles was taken in 2006, on the day he deployed to Iraq. Miles was killed just a few months later in an Apache helicopter crash. Simon & Schuster hide caption

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Months After Marriage, A Military Wife Becomes An 'Unremarried Widow'

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Doctorow Ruminates On How A 'Brain' Becomes A Mind

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