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Jesmyn Ward poses for a portrait near DeLisle Bayou in DeLisle, Miss. Ward, 40, has chosen to return to DeLisle and raise her children there, despite her profound ambivalence about what the town represents. Emily Kask for NPR hide caption

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The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books

Writing Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward Salvages Stories Of The Silenced

The author's books are set in the poor, black Mississippi community where she grew up, a place where, she says, "the past bears very heavily on the present."

Too Much Sampha
Moon RRAREBEAR
My Life Rubblebucket
Sure Thing Miguel
Exzebache Tommy Guerrero
Take Wing The Polish Ambassador
Cantaloupe Island Nat Adderley, Bob Cranshaw et. al.
Jeeper Creeper Sinkane
Guayaquil City Mano Negra

There are a record number of jobs open in the United States, but matching the unemployed with the right job is difficult. One problem is that companies are posting openings with required qualifications that aren't really necessary for the job. Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Employers Struggle To Match Workers With Open Jobs

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Humpty Dumpty Marc Moulin
Layers Ryan Helsing, Matthew Setz
African Velvet Air
Maintenance [Instrumentals] Blockhead

Larry Koser Jr. (left) and his son, Matthew, look for important papers and heirlooms inside his house after it was flooded by heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey. Erich Schlegel/Getty Images hide caption

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Insurers Gear Up For Deluge Of Claims, Hope To Avoid Sandy Repeat

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Kerala Bonobo
Emancipator Natural Cause
Division Tycho

Jesmyn Ward poses for a portrait near DeLisle Bayou in DeLisle, Miss. Ward, 40, has chosen to return to DeLisle and raise her children there, despite her profound ambivalence about what the town represents. Emily Kask for NPR hide caption

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Writing Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward Salvages Stories Of The Silenced

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