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 portrait of Patience Gray taken in 1959 by a colleague at the Observer. A British food writer, Gray advocated slow food and foraging long before the rest of the food world. Her work had outsized influence on chefs from Alice Waters on. A new biography tells her story. Photo by David Sim hide caption

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'Long Way Down,' By Jason Reynolds. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books hide caption

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In 'Long Way Down,' The Ghosts Of Gun Violence Chill A Plan For Revenge

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Tea And Memories With Vancouver Author Jen Sookfong Lee

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Comedian John Hodgman at the 20th Annual Webby Awards in New York. Andy Kropa/Invision/AP hide caption

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John Hodgman And The Three Wildernesses Of 'Vacationland'

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Demonstrators in Miami stand with tape reading, " I Can't Breathe," in 2014. The protest occurred after a grand jury in New York City declined to indict the police officers involved Eric Garner's death. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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'I Can't Breathe' Examines Modern Policing And The Life And Death Of Eric Garner

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Khizr Khan Says His Faith In America Is Stronger Than Ever

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Poet Richard Wilbur, shown at his home in Cummington, Mass., in 2006, died on Saturday at the age of 96. Wilbur, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator, intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theatergoers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse on memory, writing and nature. Nancy Palmieri/AP hide caption

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Richard Wilbur Reads 'The Opposite Of Pillow'

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Amy Tan (pictured with her family in 1959) found startling information about her parents while sifting through a treasure trove of family papers. Courtesy of Amy Tan hide caption

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Amy Tan Revisits The Roots Of Her Writing Career In 'Where The Past Begins'

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'Uncommon Type,' By Tom Hanks. Jennifer Kerrigan /NPR hide caption

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Tom Hanks Is Obsessed With Typewriters (So He Wrote A Book About Them)

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From Hamilton To Grant: Ron Chernow Paints A 'Farsighted' President in New Biography

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Chris Jackson And The Book Industry's Attempts To Diversify

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'The Year I Was Peter The Great': A Young American In Soviet Russia

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