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.

A Linguist's Serious Take On 'The A-Word'

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Zadie Smith is the author of White Teeth and On Beauty, among other books. Dominique Nabokob hide caption

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Before joining candidate Obama's new media team in 2008, Arun Chaudhary worked in film in New York and was on the faculty of NYU's graduate film school. Lawrence Jackson/Times Books hide caption

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Behind The Lens With Obama's 'First Cameraman'

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In 'The Brontes,' Details Of A Family's Strange World

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Michael Chabon lives in Berkeley with his wife, writer Ayelet Waldman, and their children. Ulf Andersen hide caption

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Mario Savio, shown here at a victory rally in UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza on Dec. 9, 1964, was the face of the free speech movement. AP hide caption

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Paul Auster is the author of fiction including The New York Trilogy and In the Country of Last Things. Lotte Hansen/Picador hide caption

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Slaughter In The Subway: A Tale Of New York Terror

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The canals in LA's Venice neighborhood serve as the scene of a murder in Robert Crais' 2011 novel, The Sentry. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Robert Crais: L.A. Is 'Natural Canvas' For Nightmare

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Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon prepare to take off for a U.S. tour on Aug. 13, 1965. Fourteen days later, they'd find themselves in a much-anticipated but very awkward meeting with Elvis Presley. Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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3 Celebrity Friendships That Weren't Meant To Be

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