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.
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How Does Christoph Niemann Make Art Look Effortless? With A Lot Of Work

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"It's easier to sort of face the hard things in your life when you're not alone," says hospice chaplain Kerry Egan. "That's a big part of what a chaplain does, is she stays with you." Ann Summa/Getty Images hide caption

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Hospice Chaplain Reflects On Life, Death And The 'Strength Of The Human Soul'

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Anthony Bourdain spent decades in the restaurant business before discovering that he had a gift for writing and storytelling. His new cookbook, Appetites, features food he cooks for his 9-year-old daughter. Ecco hide caption

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In 'Appetites,' Bourdain Pleases The Toughest Food Critic (His 9-Year-Old)

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This week, Alt.Latino takes a look at a literary genre that explores the darker sides of Latino imagination. Darko Labor/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Latino Noir: Private Eyes And Really Bad Vatos

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The bounty of the earth is celebrated in the high rituals of pagans. (Above) A Wiccan priestess is silhouetted by the afternoon light. In the foreground are examples of Wiccan cooking for the vernal equinox: (clockwise from near right) beet-pickled eggs; roast beef in tarragon; bowl of eggs boiled with onion skin wrap; bread with eggs; Ukrainian painted eggs; and apple crumble. Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images hide caption

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Gretzky grew up in Ontario, where he used to pretend to win the Stanley Cup in his backyard. "You're always dreaming that you're the guy that scores the game-winning goal," he says. Courtesy of Putnam hide caption

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Wayne Gretzky On Hockey History, Dreaming Big And Canadian Pride

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Author Tim Wu says that much of the content on the Internet is created by businesses that are on a "quest for clicks." PeopleImages.com/Getty Images hide caption

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How Free Web Content Traps People In An Abyss Of Ads And Clickbait

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'Truevine' Tells The Tale Of 2 Black Albino Brothers Forced To Work For The Circus

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Bob Dylan performed on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2015. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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A Nobel In Literature For Bob Dylan, Whose Words Transcend Form

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Pregnancy Is Personal, Not Political, In 'The Mothers'

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Taraji P. Henson plays family matriarch Cookie Lyon on Fox's Empire. Chuck Hodes/FOX hide caption

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'I Had To Create My Own Lane': How Taraji P. Henson Found Her Place In Hollywood

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In a recent series of photographic drawings, David Hockney, shown above in his studio, plays with the relationship between painting and photography. Richard Schmidt/David Hockney/Abrams Books hide caption

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Artist David Hockney Says The Drive To Create Pictures 'Is Deep Within Us'

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