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.

Worshipful female followers fought for the Mad Monk's leftover bread crusts. His infamous sweet tooth led to his death. Or did it? A century later, rumors about Grigori Rasputin, Russia's czarina whisperer, still swirl. RGALI/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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'This Is How It Always Is' Was Inspired By Its Author's Transgender Child

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Kim Cattrall as socialite — and murder victim — Emily French in The Witness for the Prosecution. Robert Viglasky/Acorn TV hide caption

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Kim Cattrall, More Than Just A Murder Victim In 'Witness For The Prosecution'

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Renowned Biographer Patricia Bosworth Writes A Chapter From Her Own Life

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The History of U.S. Intervention And The 'Birth Of The American Empire'

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Though Donald Trump's policies may not help his voters economically, sociologist Arlie Hochschild says he is speaking to them on a deeper level: meeting their emotional needs. MICHAEL MATHES/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Strangers in Their Own Land: The 'Deep Story' of Trump Supporters

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Margaret Wise Brown is the author of beloved children's books such as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. She died suddenly at age 42, leaving behind a body of unpublished work. HarperCollins Children's Books hide caption

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'Goodnight Moon' Author Margaret Wise Brown Was No Old Lady Whispering Hush

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How Mormon Polygamy In The 19th Century Fueled Women's Activism

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First lady Michelle Obama welcomes community leaders from across the country to celebrate the successes and share best practices to continue the work of the Mayor's Challenge to End Veterans' Homelessness in the East Room of the White House complex in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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A Century-Old Poet Looks Back — And Fearlessly Forward — In 'Purgatory'

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Publisher Simon & Schuster drew strong criticism after signing conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos — seen here holding a press conference about the Pulse nightclub shootings. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Free Speech Advocates, Publishers Wrestle With Questions Of Censorship

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