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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Why Flying Is No Fun (And May Be More Dangerous)

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Author and screenwriter Nora Ephron died Tuesday in New York. She was 71. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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Ephron: From 'Silkwood' To 'Sally,' A Singular Voice

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Beer may be the oldest fermented beverage on the planet. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Edible Fermentables: Wine, Beer, Cheese, Meat

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Christopher Reeve played Superman in Richard Donner's 1978 film. Larry Tye has written a new biography of the Man of Steel. Anonymous/AP hide caption

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It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A New Superman Bio!

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Teenage Brain: Gateway To A 'Bright And Dark' World

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A new biography of President Obama provides a rare glimpse of him as a young adult. In Barack Obama: The Story, journalist David Maraniss chronicles the president's "classic search for home." AP hide caption

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A Future President Finds Himself In New Obama Bio

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Want A Winner? These Books Made The Critics' Cut

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Yogurt is produced by the bacterial fermentation of milk. "Bacteria in our gut enable us to live," says author Sandor Katz. "We could not survive without bacteria." iStockphoto.com hide caption

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'Fermentation': When Food Goes Bad But Stays Good

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