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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'A Twitter Year' In Review: 365 Days, 140 Characters

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At 29,029 ft. above sea level, Mount Everest — also called Mount Chomolungma — is the highest mountain on Earth. Bartosz Hadyniak/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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True Grit: 'Into The Silence' Scales Everest

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American abolitionist John Brown led the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Va. That takeover and the man behind it are the subjects of historian Tony Horwitz's new book, Midnight Rising. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Alan Heathcock teaches fiction writing at Boise State University, and is a literature fellow for the state of Idaho. R. Heathcock hide caption

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A Poem A Day: Portable, Peaceful And Perfect

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Hell-Raising Heroines: Three Ladies With Spitfire

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Basil Rathbone (right), as Sherlock Holmes, and Nigel Bruce, as Dr. Watson, in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1945. AP hide caption

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The Enduring Popularity Of Sherlock Holmes

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Christopher Hitchens, shown here in 2010, began a lifelong battle with a God he didn't believe in when he was just 9 years old. David Levenson/Getty Images hide caption

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