The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books This week: Matt de la Peña on his new picture book. The fearless cook who fed and funded civil rights activists. Plus poet Kaveh Akbar, Leila Slimani and a new feminist dystopia set in in Oregon.

Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers Into Binge Readers?

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Helen Gurley Brown in her office at Cosmopolitan magazine in the 1960s .The legendary editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)." Santi Visalli/Getty Images hide caption

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Comic-Con Fans Continue The Epic Battle Between Science And Fiction

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Comic Book Writer Marjorie Liu On How Rejection Shaped Her Writing

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Elie Wiesel speaks at Vermont's Middlebury College in 2002. The Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate and author died July 2 at the age of 87. Jordan Silverman/Getty Images hide caption

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Jason Aaron Baca has been featured on more than 475 romance novels. Samhain Publishing hide caption

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Meet The Guy Who Has Been A Hero, A Pirate, A 'Mountain Of Molten Lust'

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Kong Kenan, who's Chinese, takes up the mantle of Superman in New Super-Man #1, written by Gene Yang. DC Entertainment hide caption

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Diversity Drives The Story In The Latest Incarnation Of Superman

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'I Write About Awful People,' Says Gay Talese

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'This Is No Paradise': Author Explores The Side Of Jamaica Tourists Don't See

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Suki Kim is the author of Without You, There Is No Us. Ed Kashi/Courtesy of Crown hide caption

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Mislabeled As A Memoirist, Author Asks: Whose Work Gets To Be Journalism?

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