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.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe stands at his 2008 inauguration ceremony at the statehouse in Harare. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi /AP hide caption

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A Journalist Bears Witness To Mugabe's Massacre

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Children's Book Apps: A New World Of Learning

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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." Hulton Archive/ Getty Images hide caption

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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. Spencer Platt/ Getty Images hide caption

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Sarah Vowell has written several books on American history and culture, and was a contributing editor for the radio program This American Life from 1996–2008. Bennett Miller/ hide caption

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