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In Command ‘Duty,’ a Memoir by Robert M. Gates

‘The Silkworm’ by J. K. Rowling, as Robert Galbraith - NYTimes.com

Review: Robert Christgau Reflects on His Career as a Rock Critic - NYTimes.com

‘All the Light We Cannot See,’ by Anthony Doerr - NYTimes.com

NAPOLEON: A Life. By Andrew Roberts. (Viking, $45.) Roberts brilliantly conveys the sheer energy of this military and organizational whirlwind.

Notable Children’s Books of 2014 - NYTimes.com

Emma Donoghue: By the Book - NYTimes.com

‘The Sixth Extinction,’ by Elizabeth Kolbert - NYTimes.com

Scott Eyman’s ‘John Wayne: The Life and Legend’ - NYTimes.com

‘Forcing the Spring,’ by Jo Becker - NYTimes.com

‘10:04,’ by Ben Lerner - NYTimes.com

Jenny Offill’s ‘Dept. of Speculation’ - NYTimes.com

‘China’s Second Continent,’ by Howard W. French - NYTimes.com

‘The Ballad of a Small Player,’ by Lawrence Osborne - NYTimes.com

‘Welcome to Braggsville,’ by T. Geronimo Johnson - NYTimes.com

Akhil Sharma’s ‘Family Life’ - NYTimes.com

‘A Brief History of Seven Killings,’ by Marlon James - NYTimes.com

Gabriel García Márquez’s Work Was Rooted in the Real - NYTimes.com

‘Radiance of Tomorrow,’ by Ishmael Beah - NYTimes.com

The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Notorious Life by Robert Evans The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans (It Books, $18). Is this the best, bitchiest Hollywood memoir ever written? You bet it is.

‘The Blazing World,’ by Siri Hustvedt - NYTimes.com