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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The Man Working To Reverse-Engineer Your Brain

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Putin 101: Understanding Russia's 'Strongman'

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'Am I My Genes?': Fate, Family And Genetic Testing

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China On The Court: NBA Meets The 'Brave Dragons'

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'Tinderbox': How The West Fueled The AIDS Epidemic

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How You Can Harness 'The Power Of Habit'

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'Hallwalkers': The Ghosts Of The State Department

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