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.
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Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'

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Author Saul Bellow, the 1976 Nobel Prize winner for literature is shown in this 1977 portrait. He was born 100 years ago this June. Eddie Adams/AP hide caption

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A Century After His Birth, Saul Bellow's Prose Still Sparkles

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In 2014, BookCon responded to the We Need Diverse Books campaign by inviting it to form its own panel. Pictured here (from left): I.W. Gregorio, Mike Jung, Matt de la Pena, Grace Lin and Jacqueline Woodson. Courtesy of ReedPOP hide caption

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A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

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Capitol Hill Books owner Jim Toole runs the front register of his used bookstore several days a week. He has banned several words from his store, including "awesome," "perfect" and "Amazon." Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There

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In 'Out Of Line,' The Many, Many Acts Of Jules Feiffer

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How Heroin Made Its Way From Rural Mexico To Small-Town America

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Cherokee chief John Ross battled the U.S. government for decades on behalf of his people. The Art Archive hide caption

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Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of 'Jacksonland'

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The German service robot Toomas was designed to welcome customers and help them find items in a store. Joerg Sarbach/AP hide caption

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Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

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Chris Harrison, the host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Rick Rowell/ABC hide caption

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Call It A Prose Ceremony: 'Bachelor' Host Writes A Novel

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The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., still has all 82 of the William Shakespeare first folios Henry Folger collected. Courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library hide caption

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A Fortune In Folios: One Man's Hunt For Shakespeare's First Editions

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'Nimona' Shifts Shape And Takes Names — In Sensible Armor, Of Course

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Photographer Sally Mann drives with her greyhound, Honey, in the early 2000s. Michael S. Williamson/Courtesy of Michael S. Williamson hide caption

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Making Art Out Of Bodies: Sally Mann Reflects On Life And Photography

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Jerry Garcia's Advice To Bill Kreutzmann: 'Don't Rush'

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