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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The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books

This week: Meg Wolitzer, Charles Frazier, Jo Nesbo, Nafissa Thompson-Spires and James Sexton.

Carrie Fisher appears as Princess Leia in the first Star Wars film. "I like Princess Leia," Fisher tells Fresh Air. "I like how she handles things; I like how she treats people." Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Carrie Fisher Opens Up About 'Star Wars,' The Gold Bikini And Her On-Set Affair

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Long Unseen By Readers, H.G. Wells Ghost Story Finally Debuts In Print

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Daily Show host Trevor Noah was born in South Africa and speaks six languages. Spiegel & Grau hide caption

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Trevor Noah Says He Grew Up 'In The Shadow Of A Giant' (His Mom)

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In 1876, O.G. Mason, Bellevue's official photographer, took a carefully staged photograph of a blood transfusion in progress. Courtesy of the Lillian and Clarence de la Chapelle Medical Archives at NYU/Doubleday hide caption

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Bellevue Hospital Pioneered Care For Presidents And Paupers

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In his belligerently funny novel The Sellout, Paul Beatty eviscerates racial politics in the U.S. by aiming some of his sharpest stabs at that old and vicious shaming device: the food slur. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Megyn Kelly speaks onstage at Tina Brown's 7th Annual Women In The World Summit Opening Night on April 6, in New York City. Jemal Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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'My Year Of Guards And Guns': Megyn Kelly On Standing Up To Trump And Ailes

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to an overflow crowd through a megaphone after a campaign event May 27, 2015, at New England College in Concord, N.H. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Bernie Sanders Calls For 'Fundamental Reassessment' Of Democratic Party

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Cowboy Cake is an example of American baking deliciousness born of hard times. When cowboys moved out West, they didn't bring hens with them. Instead of eggs, they "made do by cooking down raisins into a thick syrup that magically moistens and leavens the cake without eggs and with very little fat," says Anne Byrn, author of American Cake. Mitch Mandel hide caption

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Francine Prose's 'Mister Monkey' Novel Inspired By Her Granddaughter's Cheeky Comment

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For Tippi Hedren, Hitchcock's Scares Came Off-Screen

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"Basically, my life's the same as everybody else's," Phil Collins says. "You're making it up every day and you're just hoping you're making the right decisions." Stephanie Pistel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In Phil Collins' New Memoir, Candid Reflections On Family And Fame

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