The Week's Best Stories From NPR BooksThis 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.
The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books
This week: Meg Wolitzer, Charles Frazier, Jo Nesbo, Nafissa Thompson-Spires and James Sexton.
In a new biography of Joe DiMaggio, author Jerome Charyn writes that "there was a kind of heartbreak, as we worried that he might disappear in that enormous expanse of space ... that the leaping gazelle we saw was some aberration, a phantom put there by our own wish to create some creature more perfect than ourselves. No fellow human being could possibly look that good, but DiMaggio did."
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Devanil De Souza Jr. looks out over the recently pacified Santa Marta, one of Rio's oldest favelas. Arrival City points to Santa Marta as a migrant community that has been integrated into the larger city (and economy), as the state recently gave its residents the same benefits (street names, birth certificates, soccer fields, WiFi, garbage collection, etc.) that wealthier residents enjoy.
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