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.

A trio of illustrations from the cocktail book Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Ophelia, King Henry VIII and King Lear. The Folger Shakespeare Library / James Monaco hide caption

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A Plucky English Heroine Amid New York's Super-Rich In 'Still Me'

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Labeled A 'Terrorist,' A Black Lives Matter Founder Writes Her Record

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Chef James Syhabout says that, as he was writing the Hawker Fare cookbook, certain recipes became time machines, reminding him of who was in the room when it was made, and the surrounding colors and smells in the atmosphere. Eric Wolfinger/HaperCollins Publishers hide caption

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With 'Hawker Fare,' Chef James Syhabout Shares Laotian Food He Grew Up With

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Ursula K. Le Guin speaks at the 2014 National Book Awards, where she was presented with lifetime achievement honors. Robin Marchant/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite the disbanding of communes and the persistence of capitalism, culinary contributions from hippies have not only endured, but helped set the framework for the way we eat today. Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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'The Perfect Nanny' Is The Working Mother's Murderous Nightmare

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How The Man In The Apartment Hit Big With 'The Woman In The Window'

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In 'Munich,' Neville Chamberlain Gets The Best Of Hitler

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Picture Book Author Says 'I Had To Be Real' When Writing 'Love'

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Georgia Gilmore adjusts her hat for photographers in 1956 during the bus boycott trial of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery, Ala. She testified: "When you pay your fare and they count the money, they don't know the Negro money from white money." AP hide caption

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Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed — And Funded — The Civil Rights Movement

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The French-Moroccan author Leila Slimani has just released her breakout novel, The Perfect Nanny, in the U.S. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When 2 Children Are Murdered, 'The Perfect Nanny' Is Anything But

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'Red Clocks,' by Leni Zumas. Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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Reproductive Freedom Lies Just Outside The U.S. Border In 'Red Clocks'

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