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.

Illustrator Fills In Photographer's Tale Of War

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Meditations, Digressions, From A Crossword Addict

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The 'Mad' Art Of Comic Harvey Kurtzman

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Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks Summer's Best Books

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Books To Keep You Sane On A Family Road Trip

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What People Were Reading During The Depression

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Regional Dictionary Tracks The Funny Things We Say

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Independent Booksellers Pick Summer's Best Reads

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Buck Up: Life Lessons From Young Heroines

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