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.
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Exclusive First Read: 'TransAtlantic' By Colum McCann

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Stephen King delves into the seedy underworld of carnies for his latest novel, Joyland. Hard Case Crime hide caption

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The Gateway Arch "is really a monument to the 20th century and to the height of American power," says historian Tracy Campbell. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Exclusive First Read: 'Big Brother' By Lionel Shriver

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Decades Later And Across An Ocean, A Novel Gets Its Due

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Siblings' Separation Haunts In 'Kite Runner' Author's Latest

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Dan Brown: 'Inferno' Is 'The Book That I Would Want To Read'

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When illustrator Ralph Steadman accepted an assignment with writer Hunter S. Thompson at the Kentucky Derby, he never imagined the weekend that would ensue. Here, Steadman depicts the race's winner, a colt named Dust Commander. Ralph Steadman hide caption

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A 'Decadent And Depraved' Derby With Hunter S. Thompson

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Burt Bacharach has just released a memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart. Olaf Heine/HarperCollins hide caption

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Burt Bacharach: 'Never Be Afraid Of Something That You Can Whistle'

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