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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This week: Meg Wolitzer, Charles Frazier, Jo Nesbo, Nafissa Thompson-Spires and James Sexton.

J.D. Salinger, pictured in one of the few existing photographs of the author. The 1951 portrait was featured on the original dust jacket of The Catcher in the Rye. The Lotte Jacobi Collection/University of New Hampshire hide caption

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Shankar Vedantam is a science writer for The Washington Post and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Gary Knight hide caption

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How 'The Hidden Brain' Does The Thinking For Us

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The 'Thousand-Day Queen': Anne Boleyn was Henry VIII's lover for more than half a decade, but once married and crowned, she was his queen and consort for only three years. hide caption

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'36 Arguments' Poses Questions Of Faith, In Fiction

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Patti Smith Remembers Life With Mapplethorpe

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John Heilemann (left) is a writer for New York magazine. Mark Halperin is editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time magazine. hide caption

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