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.

Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks speaks at Columbia University in June 2009 in New York City. Sacks, a prolific author and commentator, has died at age 82. Chris McGrath/Getty Images hide caption

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Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

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Author Alex Gino hopes George will help transgender kids feel less alone. Blake C. Aarens hide caption

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'George' Wants You To Know: She's Really Melissa

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Stieg Larsson died in 2004, never knowing how popular his Millennium books would become. Britt-Marie Trensmar hide caption

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The Girl Who Outlived Her Creator: Salander Returns In 'Spider's Web'

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Manzano, shown above with Rosita — a bilingual Muppet from Mexico — recently announced that she will be retiring from Sesame Street after 44 years. Richard Termine/Sesame Workshop hide caption

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In New Memoir, Maria Tells Us How She Got, How She Got To 'Sesame Street'

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Algerian writer and journalist Kamel Daoud's new book, The Meursault Investigation, reworks Albert Camus' The Stranger. Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Novelist Kamel Daoud, Finding Dignity In The Absurd

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Librarian S. Kalaivani has worked at the Jaffna Public Library in Sri Lanka for five years. "I love working here," she says. "It's a pleasure to help the people who are continuing to get knowledge." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers

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'Shots On The Bridge' Unpacks A Tangled Story Of Deceit And Tragedy

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Alison Bechdel is the author of the long-running syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Elena Seibert/Courtesy of O+M Co. hide caption

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Lesbian Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Countered Dad's Secrecy By Being Out And Open

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Muslim Feminists Rewrite Boundaries On The Street And At Home

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Amanda Petrusich is a contributing writer for Pitchfork. Her work has also appeared at NPR Music. Bret Stetka hide caption

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Music Journalist Chronicles The 'Wild Obsessive Hunt' For Rare 78 RPM Records

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