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.

A Novel? Padgett Powell's Book Defies Genre

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos holds a Kindle e-book reader. The Kindle leads the market in sales of electronic readers. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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In 1951, Sugar Ray Robinson defeated Jake LaMotta in their sixth and final bout in 13 grueling rounds. Click here for a gallery of more photos of Robinson in action. AP hide caption

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Sugar Ray Robinson: Fighting Toward Transcendence

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Thelonious Monk relaxes with his wife, Nellie, before performing at the Royal Festival Hall in London on April 29, 1961. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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In A New Biography, Monk Minus The Myth

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The Mile High Book Club: Great Airplane Reads

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McMurtry's 'Literary Life': Not Simple, But Practical

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P.D. James, Talking And Writing 'Detective Fiction'

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