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.

Viewers have criticized the lack of characters of color in Marvel's Agent Carter -- K. Tempest Bradford says it's just one of a long line of properties that overlook the presence of African-Americans outside of slavery, Reconstruction and the civil rights era. Kelsey McNeal/ABC hide caption

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Struggling Writer's Debut Novel Gets Coveted Oprah Winfrey Nod

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She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa and Nico Minoru are some of the characters that make up Marvel's A-Force. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment hide caption

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The Woman Behind Marvel's Newest Team Of Heroines

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Kim Gordon is a founding member of Sonic Youth. Alisa Smirnova/Courtesy of HarperCollins hide caption

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Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon On Marriage, Music And Moving On

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Poet Richard Blanco says that appearing at President Obama's second inauguration made him feel as if, for the first time, he "had a place at the American table." Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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In Scott McCloud's The Sculptor, a young artist discovers that having the ability to sculpt anything doesn't mean he has the vision or the drive to turn that ability into success. First Second hide caption

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Exclusive First Read: Anna Lyndsey's 'Girl In The Dark'

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Philip Levine grew up on the outskirts of Detroit and began writing poetry when he was just 13 years old. "It was like I had never enjoyed anything in my life so much," he said. "It was utterly thrilling. I began to live for it." Gary Kazanjian/AP hide caption

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Philip Levine, Who Found Poetry On Detroit's Assembly Lines, Dies At 87

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Langston Hughes was brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee in March 1953. "We find no evidence that he was ever a Communist, which was the accusation that haunted him through the '40s and '50s," Rampersad says. AP hide caption

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Tumultuous Relationships, But Not Much Gossip, In Langston Hughes' Letters

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Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist who has worked in war zones for well over a decade. Kursat Bayhan/Courtesy of Penguin Press hide caption

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Twice Kidnapped, Photographer Returns To War Zone: 'It's What I Do'

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Barack Obama hands a gift from a supporter to his assistant Reggie Love during his 2008 campaign for presidency. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama's 'Body Man' Looks Back On His Presidential Education

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