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.

Lena Dunham's new collection of personal essays about her relationships, friendships and obsessive-compulsive disorder has received rave reviews. Autumn de Wilde/Courtesy of Random House hide caption

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Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'

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Inaugural Poet Recalls A Closeted Childhood Of Cultural Tension

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Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has directed Stereo, Crimes of the Future, Fast Company, The Brood, The Dead Zone, The Fly, Naked Lunch, M. Butterfly, Crash, A History of Violence, A Dangerous Method and many more. Myrna Suarez/Simon & Schuster hide caption

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Virtual Reality, Corporeality Collide In Cronenberg's First Novel

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Derek Boogaard of the Minnesota Wild (left) and Wade Brookbank of the Vancouver Canucks exchange punches during a fight in the first period of a November 2005 game in Vancouver, Canada. Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images hide caption

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'Boy On Ice' Explores The Emotional And Physical Toll Of Dropping The Gloves

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As The Ebola Outbreak Worsens, A Book About Compassion

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Margaret Atwood's 'Stone Mattress' Is Full Of Sharp And Jabbing Truths

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Charles Blow is a New York Times columnist. Before that, he worked at the paper as the graphics director and design director for news. Beowolf Sheehan/Courtesy of hide caption

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After Childhood Abuse, 'Times' Columnist Says He Chose Life Over Vengeance

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Repeat Offender: Dav Pilkey created artwork for Banned Books Week featuring his frequently complained-about hero, Captain Underpants. Dav Pilkey hide caption

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Too Graphic? 2014 Banned Books Week Celebrates Challenged Comics

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Ron Perlman played Clay Morrow on FX's Sons of Anarchy. Prashant Gupta/FX hide caption

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Ron Perlman On 'Sons Of Anarchy' And His Many On-Screen Transformations

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"I became a poet in Pittsburgh," says, poet and University of Pittsburgh professor Terrance Hayes, pictured above at his home. Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument

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John Darnielle's first novel was about a teenage boy in a psychiatric institution who is obsessed with heavy metal. Lalitree Darnielle/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

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Amy Clampitt used her award money to buy a house in Stockbridge, Mass., near the home of Edith Wharton, one of her favorite writers. Andrea Shea/WBUR hide caption

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How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations

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James Ellroy lives in Los Angeles, which serves as the setting for much of his work. Jenniffer Carroll/Knopf hide caption

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A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

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Millennial Generation Likes Old-Fashioned Technology: Books

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