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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An Illustrated Guide To Master The Elements Of Cooking — Without Recipes

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Sen. Al Franken, shown during the Peabody Awards ceremony in New York City on May 20, talks about running for office in his new book. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Peabody hide caption

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Sen. Al Franken Embraces 'The Funny' Again In New Book

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Mike Tyson and Cus D'Amato in training. "I'm not a creator," D'Amato once said. "What I do is discover and uncover." Ken Regan/Camera 5 /Courtesy of Blue Rider Press & Plume hide caption

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Mike Tyson's New Book Is A Memorial To The Man Who Made Him A Champion

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Gwendolyn Brooks poses with her first book of poems, A Street in Bronzeville. AP hide caption

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Remembering The Great Poet Gwendolyn Brooks At 100

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'Times' Book Review Editor Shares Her Love Of Reading In 'My Life With Bob'

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In 'Margot Sanchez,' A Teen Grows Up And Learns To Love The Bronx

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Leaving High School Behind For A Dangerous Life In 'A Good Country'

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Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry, while podcasts are also finding new audiences. One science fiction publisher is experimenting with a new path to the market. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption

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A Publisher Tries Podcasts As A Gateway To Audiobooks

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Sen. Ben Sasse (left) is sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden in 2015, with Sasse's wife Melissa and his son and daughter. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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No More Neverland: A Senator's Guide To Raising American Adults

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"From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir" invites visitors to sit down and explore a replica of the French feminist's desk. Emily Haight/National Museum of Women in the Arts hide caption

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Imagine What It Was Like To Sit Down At Simone De Beauvoir's Desk

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Otis Redding performs on the TV show Ready Steady Go in 1966. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Otis Redding's 'Unfinished Life' Still Resonates

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'Rolling Stone' Founder Jann Wenner On 50 Years Of Rock And Roll History

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