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.

Rick Meyerowitz's The Mona Gorilla was featured on the cover of the National Lampoon's March 1971 issue. Courtesy of National Lampoon Inc. hide caption

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Ian Falconer

David Sedaris, Anatomizing Us In 'Squirrel' Tales

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Irish playwright and novelist Emma Donoghue is also the author of the novels The Sealed Letter, Stir Fry, Hood and Slammerkin. Her latest novel, Room, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Nina Subin hide caption

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In Donoghue's 'Room,' A Child's World Of His Own

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Born in Oslo, Per Petterson worked as a bookseller, a translator and literary critic before becoming a full-time writer. Finn Stale Felberg hide caption

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Per Petterson: A Family Approach To Fiction

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In a now famous moment during the 2008 presidential primaries, Hillary Clinton fought back tears after an undecided voter asked her how she managed to keep at it, day after day. Above, Clinton responds to a reporter's question about that uncharacteristic display of emotion. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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'Girls Don't Cry': Beware 'Campaigning While Female'

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David Rakoff's 'Half Empty' Worldview Is Full Of Wit

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Chef Jacob Kenedy created the recipes for the book — and says he struggled with some of them, like the dischi volanti.. Suzanne Mitchell hide caption

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Matthew Worden

Michele Norris On Race, And 'The Grace Of Silence'

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Roald Dahl in his writing hut. He used the hut as a place to escape and reconnect with his inner child. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre hide caption

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Roald Dahl: The Story Of The 'Storyteller'

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