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.

Fresh and dried yeast. It might not look like much, but it has shaped the way we eat and live, according to a new book. Maximilian Stock Ltd./Getty Images hide caption

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Patton Oswalt On His Late Wife's Search For The Golden State Killer

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David Mamet On 'Chicago': 'These Were The Stories You Grew Up With'

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W.E.B. Du Bois' The Souls Of Black Folk has been re-published in a new edition for the author's 150th birthday anniversary. C. M. Battey/Getty Images hide caption

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The Enduring Lyricism Of W.E.B. Du Bois' 'The Souls Of Black Folk'

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Author Judy Blume speaks about her book, In the Unlikely Event, in 2015. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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At 80, Judy Blume Reflects On Feminism, #MeToo And Keeping Margaret 12

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A vendor adjusts heart-shaped pillows hanging from a tree in Jalandhar, India, on Feb. 9. Shammi Mehra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Poem For Your Thoughts: Your Memories Of Love, Captured In Poetry

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In 'Heart Berries,' An Indigenous Woman's Chaotic Coming-Of-Age

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New Oral History Captures The Magic Of 'Angels In America'

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Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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What Not To Say To The Terminally Ill: 'Everything Happens For A Reason'

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At Mr. John Chivery's Tea-table. An illustration from Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit, originally published in serial form between 1855 and 1857. Universal History Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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A view of the U.S.-Mexico border fence on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico. Francisco Cantú says people always find ways up, over, under or around border fences. Brian Skoloff/AP hide caption

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Former Agent Says, 'Border Patrol Does Good Work ... But There's Tension There'

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Rosa Parks is fingerprinted by police in Montgomery, Ala. in 1956. Gene Herrick/AP hide caption

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In 'A More Beautiful And Terrible History,' Fuel For The Fight Ahead

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Tamora Pierce Writes One For The Boys (But Just One) In 'Tempests And Slaughter'

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