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.

Actress Sue Lyon eats a lollipop as Dolores "Lolita" Haze in a scene from Lolita, the 1962 film adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel. Nabokov made sumptuous use of food in his writing, and the acoustic affinity between Lolita and lollipops is no coincidence. MGM Studios/Archive Photos/Getty Images hide caption

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Producer Harvey Weinstein has loved War and Peace ever since he first read it (slowly) at age 12. "It's sexy; there's nudity. It's unbelievable," he says. Above, James Norton as Andrei and Lily James as Natasha. Laurie Sparham/BBC 2015 hide caption

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Harvey Weinstein Promises His 'War And Peace' Miniseries Isn't Homework

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Ariell Johnson has combined her love of comic books with a place where people can socialize in her new business, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse. Jasmin Carroll/Courtesy of Jasmin Carroll hide caption

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Move Over, Comic Book Guy: Philly Comics Store Prizes Diversity In Its Heroes

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Julius "Groucho" Marx, circa 1935. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Groucho Marx Spared No One — And His Biographer Isn't Pulling Punches, Either

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David Koch speaks at the Defending the American Dream summit in 2015. He and his brother Charles lead a conservative political network that plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on the 2016 elections. Paul Vernon/AP hide caption

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'Hidden History' Of Koch Brothers Traces Their Childhood And Political Rise

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The Past, Tessa Hadley Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Family Bonds Are Never Bland In 'The Past'

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Dawn Anahid MacKeen's grandfather, Stepan Miskjian (left), is pictured with friends around 1910, just a few years before the Armenian genocide. Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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Long After Armenian Genocide, Retracing A Grandfather's Steps To Survival

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Herman Wouk Says He's A 'Happy Gent' At 100

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The Last Interview series features conversations with Ernest Hemingway, Nora Ephron and Philip K. Dick. Melville House hide caption

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Revisiting The 'Last Interview' Of Ernest Hemingway, Philip K. Dick And Nora Ephron

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X-Ray Audio: The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone explores a curious bootlegging practice that arose in Cold War Russia. Strange Attractor Press hide caption

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Bones And Grooves: The Weird Secret History Of Soviet X-Ray Music

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A survey from the Authors Guild reveals a 30 percent decline in author income since 2009. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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As Writers' Wages Wane In Digital Chapter, Authors Pen Demands

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The new "critical edition" of Mein Kampf, shown here in a Munich bookstore on Friday, is the first version of Adolf Hitler's notorious manifesto to be published in Germany since the end of World War II. Matthias Schrader/AP hide caption

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Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' Is Back In German Bookstores After 70 Years

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