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.

Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life by Emily Kaiser Thelin, a biography of famed chef and cookbook author Paula Wolfert, includes some of Wolfert's famously detailed recipes. Courtesy of Grand Central Life & Style hide caption

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New Biography Features Recipes Of Famed Chef And Cookbook Author Paula Wolfert

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Chef Massimo Bottura creates a meal from Thanksgiving leftovers in NPR's kitchen. "The leftover is a big problem if you don't have a vision, if you don't have the knowledge of what you can do," he says. Above, he checks the breadcrumbs to make sure they're dry and fine enough to turn into a pasta called passatelli. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Less Waste, More Taste: A Master Chef Reimagines Thanksgiving Leftovers

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When Making Books Was As Much Of An Art As Writing Them

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In his new book, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains that there might be less evidence against some notoriously bad foods than we think. MHJ/Getty Images hide caption

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'The Bad Food Bible' Says Your Eating Might Not Be So Sinful After All

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The Phantom Minas?: Amazon announced it will bring a Lord of the Rings prequel to television. (Elijah Wood in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) 7831/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images hide caption

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10 Great, Perfect, Solid-Mithril Ideas For 'Lord Of The Rings' TV Spin-Offs

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Joe Biden and his son, the late Beau Biden, embrace at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Beau Biden delivered the keynote address that year. He died seven years later from brain cancer. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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A supermoon appears above Antwerp, Belgium, on Sept. 28, 2015. Andy Weir's second novel takes place on the first human colony on the moon. Virginia Mayo/AP hide caption

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In New Novel, 'Martian' Author Andy Weir Builds A Colony On The Moon

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'Annotated African American Folktales' Reclaims Stories Passed Down From Slavery

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Joe Ide: Creating A Complicated Hero From the Hood

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Obama poses with a boy who fell asleep during the White House's Father's Day ice cream social on June 14, 2013. Souza remembers the president calling out, "Pete, you've got to get a picture of this." Pete Souza/Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company, New York hide caption

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Photographer Pete Souza Reflects On 8 Years (And 1.9 Million Photos) Of Obama

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Matthew Weiner attends the Mad Men Live Read at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption

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'Mad Men' Creator Says Writing A Novel Is Nothing Like TV Writing

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Actress Jenifer Lewis details her journey to the spotlight in her memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood. Harper Collins hide caption

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Jenifer Lewis Of 'Black-ish' Reflects On Her Role As Black Hollywood's Mother

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Dan Rather speaks at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in 2015. His new collection of essays is called What Unites Us. Larry Busacca/Getty Images for IFP hide caption

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Dan Rather, An Unlikely Essayist, On 'What Unites Us'

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