The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books This week: Meg Wolitzer's latest, Charles Frazier returns to the Civil War, the pressures of being the only black person in the room, a new Macbeth, and marriage-saving tips from a divorce lawyer.
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Meg Wolitzer's 'Female Persuasion' Honors The Women Who Helped Her On Her Way

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In 'Varina,' A Confederate Contemplates Her Complicity

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'This Guy Had Really Done A Great Job Before I Started': Jo Nesbo's 'Macbeth'

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'Heads Of The Colored People' Takes On The Pressures Of Being 'The Only One'

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'No One Meant To Be In My Office': A Divorce Lawyer's Tips On Staying Together

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Martin Luther King Jr. stands with fellow civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968 — one day before he was assassinated while standing in approximately the same place. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King and Ralph Abernathy. Charles Kelly/AP hide caption

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An 'Exhausted' Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final 31 Hours

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Madeleine Albright Warns: Don't Let Fascism Go 'Unnoticed Until It's Too Late'

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Former Marine Corps Lt. Col. Kate Germano worked to hold female recruits to tougher standards. Then, she says, she was fired for it. Courtesy of Ars Nova Images hide caption

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Ousted Marine Commander Aims To 'Fight Like A Girl' Against Gender Bias In Marines

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'The Italian Teacher' Paints A Troubled Father-Son Relationship

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The life of musician Larry Norman, pictured left, is chronicled in Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?: Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock Kristy Douglas/Courtesy of the Larry Norman Estate hide caption

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The 'Father Of Christian Rock' Larry Norman's Battles With Evangelicalism

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Wade (Tye Sheridan) is the teen hero of Spielberg's latest big-budget action flick Ready Player One, based on the novel of the same name. Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Arcade Firewall: 'Ready Player One' REALLY Loves The '80s

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Mindfulness gurus Geneen Roth and Ed Espe Brown have long championed the idea that how we relate to food affects other aspects of our lives. In new super-personal essay collections, they reassess their past self-help advice. Neil Webb/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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'Americanized' Recounts What It's Like To Grow Up Undocumented

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'The Merry Spinster' By Mallory Ortberg. Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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In Daniel Mallory Ortberg's Version, The Little Mermaid Inhales Souls

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Poet Philip Levine (left) and saxophonist Benjamin Boone were both teaching at California State University, Fresno when they began working together on what would become The Poetry Of Jazz. Joe Osejo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Like A Jazz Musician': Past Poet Laureate Philip Levine's Posthumous LP

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Von Diaz drew on her experiences in her grandmother's Puerto Rican kitchen and her Southeastern American roots to write her cookbook, Coconuts and Collards. Ella Colley /University Press of Florida hide caption

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Puerto Rican Cooking And The American South Mix In 'Coconuts And Collards'

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Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a small-town lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape, in a scene from the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the novel by Harper Lee. Universal/AP hide caption

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President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, last July. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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'Russian Roulette' Authors Seek To Connect The Dots Between Trump And Putin

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Author Alan Hollinghurst On Secret Affairs, Narrative Gaps And Writing Gay Sex

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