Critical Linking for October 6th, 2015

We recently asked subscribers of the BuzzFeed Books newsletter to tell us about a book they couldn’t stop talking about. There’s something here for everyone, so take your pick — and see what the buzz is all about.

An eclectic mix in these 43 Books You Won’t Be Able to Stop Talking About.

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The author Henning Mankell, who died Monday at 67 from lung cancer, came up with the idea for Kurt Wallander after he returned to Sweden from Africa in the late 1980s and was shocked by the racism he saw there.

So interesting that crime fiction in Scandinavia seems to have more of a social commentary element than we’re used to here in the states.

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Unit sales of print books rose 2% in the first nine months of 2015, compared to the similar period in 2014, at outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan, which records about 80%–85% of all print sales. The gain was led by a 4% increase in the retail and club channel, which includes bookstores and Amazon; this increase offset declines through mass merchandisers.

I would have lost a lot of money betting on the direction of print sales in 2015.

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