The Week's Best Stories From NPR BooksThis 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.
The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books
This week: Meg Wolitzer, Charles Frazier, Jo Nesbo, Nafissa Thompson-Spires and James Sexton.
An excerpt from The Arab of the Future about growing up in Libya in the 1980s, where housing was free. But another family moved into the author's home while he and his family were away.
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Disney's Snow White has a scene in which the beautiful queen/stepmother turns into an old hag. Scholar Maria Tatar says it's "probably more frightening for adults than children because it compresses the aging process into about 20 seconds."
Transgender student Nicole Maines (accompanied by her father, Wayne, and her twin brother, Jonas) speaks to reporters after winning on appeal a discrimination lawsuit against her school district. In 2014, Glamour magazine named Maines one of its 50 inspiring women of the year.
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"There's over 40 monsters in the movie, but I think my favorite has got to be Slappy, the ventriloquist dummy," Jack Black says. "He's just a little doll. But he has that cruel intention behind the eyes."
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