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.

In Paterson, Adam Driver's character does the same thing every day. "Routine is very liberating and nurturing for him," says director Jim Jarmusch. Mary Cybulsky/Amazon Studios & Bleecker Street hide caption

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'Paterson': A Love Poem To Poetry, From Director Jim Jarmusch

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"Anger isn't something that is solely a rural, American, white guy emotion," says novelist Nickolas Butler. Below, he and Jennifer Haigh recommend books about a range of American experiences. NPR hide caption

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Still Puzzled By The Election? Authors Prescribe Fiction For Better Understanding

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'Certain Dark Things' Takes The Vampire Story In A New Direction

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'Christmas Days' Is A Feast Of Stories — And Food

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Middle Eastern Meatball Soup with Vegetables, one of many recipes featured in Soup for Syria. Interlink Publishing hide caption

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'Soup For Syria': Chefs Share Recipes To Raise Funds For Refugees

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Clancy's writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The New York Times and The Paris Review Daily. Ashman Kipervaser/Courtesy of Crown hide caption

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When A Professor Laughed At Her Queens Accent, Writer Tara Clancy Doubled Down

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'High Times' And High Notes: The Life Of Sebastian Bach

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