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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Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read

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Before The Internet, Librarians Would 'Answer Everything' — And Still Do

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Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli is the author of the novel Faces in the Crowd and the book of essays Sidewalks. She is currently working on the novel The Story of My Teeth. Alfredo Pelcastre/Coffee House Press hide caption

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Smashing Snow Globes: A Writer On Essays, Novels And Translation

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How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

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Geoffrey Chaucer died in 1400 — but somehow, he's on Twitter now — and he's here to answer your holiday questions! The Art Archive/iStockphoto hide caption

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The author, Dr. Gavin Francis, arrived at Halley base on Christmas Eve 2002, at the height of the Antarctic midsummer, when 24-hour sunlight illuminates the vast swathes of empty ice. Courtesy of Gavin Francis hide caption

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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

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Captain America made his debut for Marvel in 1941, as the incarnation of American patriotic fervor during World War II. Marvel Comics/AP hide caption

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Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

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John Cleese, pictured above in 1976 with Monty Python's Flying Circus (from left, Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones), says he worked hard to learn physical comedy by imitation — "It was not something I was naturally gifted at," he says. AP hide caption

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Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else

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Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014

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'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower

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This Weekend, Pick Up The Pieces With 'Gabi'

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Join The Morning Edition Book Club: We're Reading 'Deep Down Dark'

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