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.

'The Ballad Of Black Tom' Offers A Tribute To And Critique Of Lovecraft

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A Writer-Engineer's Historical Fiction Hack: Add Dragons

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Where's The Color In Kids' Lit? Ask The Girl With 1,000 Books (And Counting)

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The Indecisive Chicken combines the recipes and life stories of eight women from communities across India who now live in Dharavi, a teeming Mumbai slum. Sarita Rai, from a village in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, contributed a recipe for pharas, "semi-circular pockets of rice dough" filled with chickpea flour, served steamed or deep-fried. Neville Sukhia/Courtesy of The Indecisive Chicken: Stories and recipes from eight Dharavi cooks hide caption

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Actress Sue Lyon eats a lollipop as Dolores "Lolita" Haze in a scene from Lolita, the 1962 film adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel. Nabokov made sumptuous use of food in his writing, and the acoustic affinity between Lolita and lollipops is no coincidence. MGM Studios/Archive Photos/Getty Images hide caption

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Producer Harvey Weinstein has loved War and Peace ever since he first read it (slowly) at age 12. "It's sexy; there's nudity. It's unbelievable," he says. Above, James Norton as Andrei and Lily James as Natasha. Laurie Sparham/BBC 2015 hide caption

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Harvey Weinstein Promises His 'War And Peace' Miniseries Isn't Homework

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Ariell Johnson has combined her love of comic books with a place where people can socialize in her new business, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse. Jasmin Carroll/Courtesy of Jasmin Carroll hide caption

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Move Over, Comic Book Guy: Philly Comics Store Prizes Diversity In Its Heroes

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Groucho Marx Spared No One — And His Biographer Isn't Pulling Punches, Either

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David Koch speaks at the Defending the American Dream summit in 2015. He and his brother Charles lead a conservative political network that plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on the 2016 elections. Paul Vernon/AP hide caption

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'Hidden History' Of Koch Brothers Traces Their Childhood And Political Rise

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Family Bonds Are Never Bland In 'The Past'

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Dawn Anahid MacKeen's grandfather, Stepan Miskjian (left), is pictured with friends around 1910, just a few years before the Armenian genocide. Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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Long After Armenian Genocide, Retracing A Grandfather's Steps To Survival

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Herman Wouk Says He's A 'Happy Gent' At 100

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