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.
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Stephen And Owen King On The Horror Of A World Without Women In 'Sleeping Beauties'

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The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is based on notes for a story Mark Twain told his young daughters, about magical seeds and talking animals. Erin Stead hide caption

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A Modern Collaboration With Mark Twain In 'Prince Oleomargarine'

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President Barack Obama speaks at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. Speechwriter David Litt, who helped craft the president's comedy routine that night, says, "Some of the joke is always that it's the president telling a joke." Olivier Douliery/Getty Images hide caption

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A Former Speechwriter Looks Back On His 'Hopey, Changey' Years With Obama

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'Unforgivable Love' Resets Steamy 'Dangerous Liaisons' In 1940s Harlem

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Finally, A Book Of Poetry For Kids Who Are 'Just No Good At Rhyming'

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"It's just truth," Gucci Mane says of his new book. "It's the underdog story because I been jumping hurdles my whole life." Cameron Kirkland/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'The Autobiography Of Gucci Mane': A Story Of Rap And Rebirth

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Ellen Pao is a tech investor, co-founder of inclusion nonprofit Project Include, and former Reddit CEO. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Silicon Valley's Ellen Pao Tackles Sex Discrimination, Workplace Diversity In Memoir

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'School For Good And Evil' Is A Kids' Fantasy Series For The Fake News Era

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Clinton Won't Rule Out Questioning 2016 Election, But Says No Clear Means To Do So

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Attica Locke is the author of Black Water Rising, The Cutting Season and Pleasantville, and has written for the Fox drama, Empire. Ulf Andersen/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Attica Locke: In America, We Walk 'Side By Side' With Our Past

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Katy Tur is now an anchor for MSNBC and a reporter for NBC News. Elena Seibert/Harper Collins hide caption

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Reporter Katy Tur Shares Her 'Front-Row' View Of The Trump Campaign

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