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.

A Novel? Padgett Powell's Book Defies Genre

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos holds a Kindle e-book reader. The Kindle leads the market in sales of electronic readers. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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How E-Books Will Change Reading And Writing

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In 1951, Sugar Ray Robinson defeated Jake LaMotta in their sixth and final bout in 13 grueling rounds. Click here for a gallery of more photos of Robinson in action. AP hide caption

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Sugar Ray Robinson: Fighting Toward Transcendence

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Thelonious Monk relaxes with his wife, Nellie, before performing at the Royal Festival Hall in London on April 29, 1961. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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In A New Biography, Monk Minus The Myth

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'The Help' Author Says Criticism Makes Her 'Cringe'

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Maureen Corrigan's Best Books Of 2009

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The Mile High Book Club: Great Airplane Reads

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McMurtry's 'Literary Life': Not Simple, But Practical

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P.D. James, Talking And Writing 'Detective Fiction'

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'Obsessively Specific': The A.V. Club's Book Of Lists

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