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.

"For two days and nights, Odysseus was alone in the wild water. The sea was so rough that he couldn't see beyond the nearest wave. Over and over again, he thought he was going to die." Neil Packer/Candlewick Press hide caption

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Author J.K. Rowling arrives at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in Leicester Square in central London. Matt Crossick/PA Photos/Landov hide caption

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Exclusive First Read: Lehane's 'Live By Night'

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Salman Rushdie's other novels include Midnight's Children, Shame and Luka and the Fire of Life. Syrie Moskowitz/Random House hide caption

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In 2004, novelist Attica Locke attended the wedding of an interracial couple at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, La. It was there that she became inspired to write her new work of fiction, The Cutting Season. roy.luck/via Flickr hide caption

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In 'Season,' One Plantation's Double Murder Mystery

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Renaissance CSI: Machiavelli-Da Vinci Detective Duo

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A Father's Decades-Old Bedtime Story Is Back In Print

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Junot Diaz won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Nina Subin/Penguin Group hide caption

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'End Of Men' Heralds New Era Of Female Dominance

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