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Earlier this week, international negotiators agreed on a deal to curb the Iranian nuclear program temporarily. Author Ariel Dorfman offers context to the reactions that have followed. He suggests a book of poetry by the Sufi master Rumi, a fascinating glimpse into the lives and ideas that shape Persian identity.
In “No Man’s Nightingale,” by Ruth Rendell, Inspector Wexford investigates a murder case bungled by his old deputy.
R. J. Palacio, whose debut novel, “Wonder,” is No. 2 on the middle-grade best-seller list, has said she wrote the book as a sort of atonement.
New anthologies include “XO Orpheus,” with classical myths reimagined by Aimee Bender, Joy Williams, Benjamin Percy and others.
Steve McQueen’s film “12 Years a Slave” has made a best seller of the book on which it’s based, Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir.