Critical Linking for November 19th, 2015

There’s nothing quite as surefire as the gift of a good book, but weeding through the many titles on bookstore shelves and in online stores can be overwhelming. Fear not, holiday shopper—we’ve got your back. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite books in a mix of all time bests and recent standouts. There’s something for every reader, and we wouldn’t blame you if you ended up with a few in the cart for yourself too. 

This 50 Smart Books for Everyone on Your List isn’t a bad place to start your holiday book buying.


Adam Johnson won the Fiction award for Fortune Smiles published by Random House. Ta-Nehisi Coates won the Nonfiction award for Between the World and Me published by Spiegel & Grau, a division of Penguin Random House.

An underdog and a favorite take the two headlining National Book Awards.


At that point almost nothing was known about the project other than the fact that it would indeed use Cat’s Cradle as its source material, which is implicit in a TV show labeled as Cat’s Cradle adaptation. Now though, according to Deadline, a precious few details have emerged: the show will live on FX as a limited series, and be written and executive produced by Fargo creator Noah Hawley.

I am so in.

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