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.

The iconic black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's was specially designed by Hubert de Givenchy. Howell Conant/Paramount/ The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Holly Golightly: Breaking Rules In A Little Black Dress

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently entered an exclusive agreement with the Wylie Agency to sell e-book versions of some of its pre-digital classics. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In E-Publishing Revolution, Rights Battle Wears On

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Formerly a trial lawyer, Richard North Patterson served as the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor. He is now a best-selling thriller writer. Patterson writes his novels longhand from an outline and then faxes his notes to his assistant who types them up -- a system that has worked for him for nearly 30 years. Peter Simon hide caption

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'Advise And Consent': Scandal In The U.S. Senate

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IOU, one of the books published by the Concord Free Press, is on display at The Concord Bookshop in Concord, Mass. As part of the publisher's generosity-based publishing model, patrons can take the book for free, but they're asked to make a donation to charity. Anthony Brooks/NPR hide caption

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A Novel Approach: Free Books For Donations

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"I’ve always wanted to write about the paparazzi subculture," says author Carl Hiaasen. "It's such a peculiar, predatory way to make a living -- chasing pseudo-celebrities from club to club, hoping they stumble out the door drunk so you can snap a photo." Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Paparazzi Take Center Stage In Hiaasen's 'Star Island'

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Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock, sits outside a restaurant on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles on July 14. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Futurist 40 Years Later: Possibilities, Not Predictions

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Jennifer Egan's short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers and McSweeny's. Pieter M. van Hattem hide caption

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Jennifer Egan Does Avant-Garde Fiction — Old School

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A London Cabbie's Summer Reading Picks

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Gilded Romances Of Dashing Dandies, Brooding Beaus

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Ramona Quimby: The Mischievous Girl Next Door

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'Cookbook Collector': Updated Austen Hits The Spot

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In the early days of Hollywood, actors portrayed singers "performing" songs. Not until the Hollywood Golden Age did characters spontaneously burst into song as a way to show their feelings. Courtesy Oxford University Press hide caption

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When Hollywood Had A Song In Its Heart

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