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What’s new: Books on Meryl Streep and the Middle East, plus a novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

"Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep" by Michael Schulman.

"Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep" by Michael Schulman. Credit: Harper

HER AGAIN: Becoming Meryl Streep, by Michael Schulman. Contrary to Streep’s speculation at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony (“Her again?”), America hasn’t tired of seeing her collect awards (19 Oscar nominations and counting). A New Yorker magazine editor reflects on her early career on Broadway, in Shakespeare in the Park and in films such as “The Deer Hunter.” (Harper, $26.99)

A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to ISIS, by Robert F. Worth. How did the promise of 2011’s Arab Spring — with high hopes for democracy and civil rights — end in violence and crackdown throughout much of the Middle East? A former New York Times Beirut bureau chief looks at political and social developments in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Tunisia. (FSG, $26)

BEFORE WE VISIT THE GODDESS, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. This new novel by the author of “The Mistress of Spices” and “Oleander Girl” follows three generations of Indian women, from a Bengali village to Houston, Texas, in a story that explores the power of mother-daughter bonds across continents and across time. (Simon & Schuster, $25)

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