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.

'The Terror Years' Traces The Rise Of Al-Qaida And ISIS

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Milton's Satan may have been kicked out of Heaven, but he had it made in Hell. Heritage Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Better To Reign In Hell: Literature's Unpunished Villains

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Originally from Limbe, Cameroon, Imbolo Mbue moved to the U.S. to go to college. She began writing Behold the Dreamers after she lost her job in the financial crisis. Kiriko Sano/Penguin Random House hide caption

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Debut Novel Takes On The American Dream ... Racism, Recession And All

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Amy Schumer Bares Her Soul In 'The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo'

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Everything Is Fair Game In 'Known And Strange Things'

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Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ /rupture. Erez Avissar/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In 'Uproot,' A DJ Traces Modern Music's Tangled Family Tree

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Hamdi Ali Musa saw her first book when she was 10. Now 25, she's one of Hargeisa's only librarians. "A revolution has been happening in publishing books, reading, writing and literature," she says. Gregory Warner/NPR hide caption

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A Land In Limbo Hopes That Books Will Keep It Going

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Creamed, Canned And Frozen: How The Great Depression Revamped U.S. Diets

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Jacqueline Woodson is also the author of Brown Girl Dreaming, Miracle's Boys, Show Way and Feathers. Juna F. Nagle/Amistad hide caption

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Jacqueline Woodson's New Novel For Adults Has Its Roots In Adolescence

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In the world of books and literature, "diversity" has recently become hotly debated, along with other cultural and media spheres. Though a few writers of color seem to be getting more shine, the demographics of those working behind the scenes in publishing remain almost entirely white. malerapaso/Getty Images hide caption

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Colson Whitehead is also the author of the novel Zone One, and the memoir The Noble Hustle. Doubleday hide caption

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Colson Whitehead's 'Underground Railroad' Is A Literal Train To Freedom

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