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.

Before William Faulkner became a Nobel Prize-winning novelist, he published some unsuccessful poetry. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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House of horrors: The exterior of the Cleveland house where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held captive. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

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This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry

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The World Music Education of Philip Glass

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Don't Take His Stapler: 'Paper Clip' Author's Passion For Office Supplies

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After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

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Attica Locke's other books include Black Water Rising and The Cutting Season. Jenny Walters /Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers hide caption

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No Demons, No Angels: Attica Locke Aims For Black Characters Who Are Human

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Toni Morrison won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988 for her novel Beloved. In 1993 she became the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature. And in 2012, President Obama awarded Morrison the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Michael Lionstar/Knopf/AP hide caption

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'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

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'Spinster' Celebrates The Single Ladies

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'Orhan's Inheritance' Is The Weight Of History

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Take It From David Brooks: Career Success 'Doesn't Make You Happy'

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German writer Günter Grass arrives at Günter Grass-Haus, a museum in Luebeck, Germany, for his 80th birthday celebration on Oct. 27, 2007. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Günter Grass, Who Confronted Germany's Past As Well As His Own, Dies At 87

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From Harpies To Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved

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Adventures In Vietnam — Street Food, Love And Taking Chances

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According to Roberts, Mary Todd Lincoln could have "tremendous flare-ups of temper," but she was also smart and politically savvy. Library of Congress/AP hide caption

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Meet The 'Capital Dames,' Civil War Washington's Secret Power Brokers

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