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.

Patrick McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, delves into the early history of fermentation in his latest book. Courtesy of Alison Dunlap hide caption

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Comedian Mike Myers grew up an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan, mostly playing street hockey on tennis courts in the suburb of Scarborough. The reason for his first visit to Chicago, where he would later perform with The Second City comedy troupe? To take in a Chicago Blackhawks game before the team's stadium was torn down. Courtesy of Mike Myers and Doubleday Canada hide caption

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'Feel The Civility': Comedian Mike Myers On Canada — And 'Canada'

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'I Want The Pages To Turn': Librarian Nancy Pearl's Summer Reading List

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Michael Bond sits with a Paddington Bear toy in 2008. Bond died Tuesday, according to his publisher, nearly six decades after his beloved character first appeared in print. Sang Tan/AP hide caption

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Elvis Presley, in the studio in 1956 — Presley's success was undoubtedly driven by the material he appropriated from black musicians. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Vanessa Grubbs and Robert Phillips at their wedding in August 2005. Just a few months earlier, when his kidneys were failing, she gave him one of hers. Courtesy of Vanessa Grubbs hide caption

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'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

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75 Years Later, Anne Frank's Diary Still Has Much To Teach

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Roxane Gay is a novelist and short story writer. Her previous books include Bad Feminist, Difficult Women and An Untamed State. She teaches English at Purdue University. Jay Grabiec/HarperCollins hide caption

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Be Bigger, Fight Harder: Roxane Gay On A Lifetime Of 'Hunger'

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Linda Fortune's family was forced out of District Six when she was 22. Growing up, the family often ate crayfish her father caught as a hobby. "If you had an overabundance of fish, you would share it with the neighbors," she recalls. Alan Greenblatt/NPR hide caption

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In 'Memory's Last Breath' An Academic Confronts Dementia

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Confronting The Possibility Of Monsters In 'The Essex Serpent'

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The new poet laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith, visits the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center in Washington, D.C., last month. Shawn Miller/Library of Congress hide caption

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Tracy K. Smith Reads 'When Your Small Form Tumbled Into Me'

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What Makes A Good Whodunit? 'Magpie Murders' Author Spells It Out

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