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.

Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, which will air its final season next year. Poehler says, "It's a privilege in television to be able to have a proper goodbye." Colleen Hayes/NBC hide caption

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A Candid Memoir From Comedian Amy Poehler? 'Yes Please'

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W.H. Auden at the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center in 1966. Diane Dorr-Dorynek/Courtesy of the 92nd Street Y hide caption

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75 Years Of 'Colossal Poets' And Live Literature At NYC's 92nd Street Y

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The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

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James Ellroy's novels include The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere and, most recently, Perfidia. He lives in Los Angeles, the setting for much of his work. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for AFI hide caption

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Watch This: Crime Writer James Ellroy Recommends — What Else? — Noir Films

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The family of Ibrahim Abid, who was killed when guards employed by security company Blackwater opened fire at Baghdad's Nisour Square in 2007, visits his grave on Dec. 9, 2008. Hadi Mizban/AP hide caption

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After The Blackwater Convictions, A Book On Iraq's Nightmarish Reality

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Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

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Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

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You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul'

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Bryan Stevenson takes on cases to exonerate people wrongfully convicted. "One of the things that pains me is we have so tragically underestimated the trauma, the hardship we create in this country when we treat people unfairly, when we incarcerate them unfairly, when we condemn them unfairly," he says. Tracy King/iStockphoto hide caption

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One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'

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After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The 'Wonder' Of Words

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Get To Know The Finalists For The 2014 National Book Award

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Neil Patrick Harris has hosted the Tony Awards four times. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images hide caption

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What's It Like To Be Neil Patrick Harris? He Gives You Options

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Cary Elwes stars as Westley, a farm boy who falls in love with Buttercup (Robin Wright), in 1987's The Princess Bride. Courtesy of The Princess Bride, Ltd. hide caption

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'As You Wish': Take A Peek At The Making Of 'The Princess Bride'

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'Schiaparelli': The Shocking, Shadowed Life Of A Fashion Icon

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For This Baseball Season, Roger Angell Has Just The 'Ticket'

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