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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To Speak, Perchance To 'Dream In Chinese'

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Paretsky's PI Uncovers Murder In Chicago

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Jonathan Franzen is also the author of The Corrections: A Novel and The Discomfort Zone, a memoir. Greg Martin hide caption

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Moving 'Beyond Katrina' Through Poetry And Prose

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Jonathan Franzen is also the author of The Corrections: A Novel, and The Discomfort Zone, a memoir. Greg Martin hide caption

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Jack Clark's pulp mystery was inspired by his years of driving customers around Chicago after hours. Courtesy Jack Clark hide caption

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Caroline Richard Simon holds Elise Simon, 11 months old, on the day her adoption was approved by Chinese officials in Nanchang. Courtesy of Scott Simon hide caption

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James Baldwin, an American novelist, essayist, playwright and poet, grew up in New York City but moved to France in 1948. AP hide caption

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Natasha Trethewey and her brother Joe stand in front of Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island, Miss., circa 1999. Courtesy of the author hide caption

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