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.

First lady Michelle Obama tends to the presidential garden during the third annual White House kitchen garden fall harvest in October 2011. The last vegetable garden planted at the White House was Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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A Portrait Of The Cartoonist And Her Mother

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"Tea" (a social word from the 17th century) is one of the words David Crystal examines in his book The Story of English In 100 Words. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Breasts are getting bigger and arriving earlier. They're also attracting chemicals and environmental toxins, which are getting passed along in breast milk. Photographer: B-D-S/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Mexican author Carlos Fuentes poses for a photo after a news conference in Mexico City on March 12. Fuentes died Tuesday at a hospital in Mexico City. He was 83. Alexandre Meneghini/AP hide caption

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At 96, Historian Lewis Reflects On 'A Century'

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