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.

Jesmyn Ward poses for a portrait near DeLisle Bayou in DeLisle, Miss. Ward, 40, has chosen to return to DeLisle and raise her children there, despite her profound ambivalence about what the town represents. Emily Kask for NPR hide caption

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Writing Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward Salvages Stories Of The Silenced

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Lani Sarem poses with her novel Handbook for Mortals at the release party for the book in Chicago earlier this month. Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images hide caption

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The Brief, Tumultuous Reign Of An Erstwhile Best-Seller

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A U.S. Marine from the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Alpha Company looks out as an evening storm gathers above an outpost near Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters/Viking hide caption

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A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War's 'Invisible Injuries'

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Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard is the author of a series of six autobiographical novels called My Struggle, as well as the novels Out of the World and A Time for Everything. Sam Barker/Penguin Press hide caption

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Knausgaard's 'Autumn' Considers Everything From Toilet Bowls To Twilight

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'What She Ate': The Culinary Biographies Of Some Remarkable Women

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'Y Is For Yesterday': Sue Grafton's Penultimate Mystery Series Novel

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Little Richard performs during a halftime show at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 31, 2004. Andy Lyons/Getty Images hide caption

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'Good Booty' Explores A Century Of Music, Sex And American Culture

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'Stay With Me' Is A Novel Of Commitment, Culture And The Struggle To Conceive

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Books at Amazon's New York City store are shelved with the covers facing out and organized around features that originated on the website, including "Most Wished For" and "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought." Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Be More Than A Bookstore: A Brick-And-Mortar Shop's Key To Success

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In her book The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics And Feebleminded, poet Molly McCully Brown explores themes of disability, eugenics and faith. Kristin Teston/Persea hide caption

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Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

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