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What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?

What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople? [more inside]
posted by limon to Education at 5:40 PM on Sep 8, 2007 - 237 answers [1827 favorites]

You were doing it wrong

What in life did it take you a surprisingly long time to realize you've been doing wrong all along? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall to Grab Bag at 1:58 PM on Jul 6, 2010 - 933 answers [1198 favorites]

What clever relationship "hacks" have you come up with?

What clever relationship "hacks" have you come up with? I'm looking to build up my mental catalogue of examples of non-obvious solutions to relationship difficulties. Help me think out of the box better in the future! [more inside]
posted by wyzewoman to Human Relations at 10:48 AM on Nov 3, 2009 - 58 answers [1158 favorites]

What experience most shaped who you are?

Life-altering experiences. Can you point to a single experience in your life, as a child, which you can define as having contributed to the person you are today? (+) [more inside]
posted by jeremias to Society & Culture at 4:41 AM on Feb 2, 2005 - 215 answers [877 favorites]

I love you, fresh egg

What cooking secrets take your food to the almost-pro level? [more inside]
posted by chalbe to Food & Drink at 8:34 AM on Aug 24, 2009 - 135 answers [853 favorites]

Upgrade Me!

Can you suggest some replacements for standard, everyday household items that are far superior in terms of usefulness, luxuriousness and quality? [more inside]
posted by Balonious Assault to Home & Garden at 9:03 PM on Dec 2, 2008 - 100 answers [793 favorites]

Help me help my friend in DC.

A Russian friend of mine may be in a dangerous situation in Washington, DC. [more inside]
posted by fake to Travel & Transportation at 3:09 PM on May 19, 2010 - 243 answers [760 favorites]

What one book could give me a new, useful superpower?

What one book could pretty much give me a new, useful superpower if I follow it and put the methods inside into practice? In my life, I've come across a small handful of books that have really allowed me to learn to do some things that were previously unthinkable to me, and which I'm able to use all the time in my life. I'm most interested in a book that has actually worked to change your life, rather than one that seems like it would be good if you one day got around to following it. Thanks.
posted by surenoproblem to Education at 7:54 AM on Sep 12, 2012 - 78 answers [669 favorites]

The Old Man and the C Drive

What are some comprehensive one-topic websites maintained by cranky old guys (or gals)? [more inside]
posted by theodolite to Computers & Internet at 12:12 PM on Sep 7, 2010 - 121 answers [599 favorites]

checklist for life practicalities?

What do I need to do in daily life that I don't realize I need to be doing? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy to Grab Bag at 8:46 AM on Feb 21, 2007 - 58 answers [594 favorites]

What's the Best Thing You've Ever Seen Here?

My son is graduating from high school in a week. I want to make him a Best of Ask Metafilter book with all the best advice from the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by katyjack to Human Relations at 5:21 PM on May 17, 2009 - 21 answers [562 favorites]

Cheap but bombproof

I'm looking for examples of insanely overbuilt, reasonably-priced consumer goods: "Cheap, bombproof...XXXXX" [more inside]
posted by oalocke to Technology at 9:27 AM on Jan 13, 2008 - 96 answers [554 favorites]

A book everyone should read?

Please tell me a book you think everyone should read and why. [more inside]
posted by pasici to Society & Culture at 9:48 PM on Jul 20, 2006 - 134 answers [519 favorites]

Tiny luxuries

What are some cheap (less than $10) but satisfying luxuries? [more inside]
posted by theodolite to Work & Money at 11:48 AM on Mar 21, 2011 - 109 answers [458 favorites]

I Like To Read Things

What are some of your absolute favourite online essays, articles and other pieces of non-fiction writing? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia to Media & Arts at 4:21 PM on May 1, 2008 - 54 answers [457 favorites]

Help me find the kind of recipe that sticks in your memory for decades.

What are your favourite simple recipes that make "guests plead for the secret"? [more inside]
posted by Vrai to Food & Drink at 5:12 AM on Oct 2, 2013 - 61 answers [452 favorites]

Last time, you didn't have holes in your feet!

My father passed away this morning. I'm going through his file, and I came across JOKES.TXT ... which contains only the punchlines. Can the Mind please tell me the jokes? [more inside]
posted by dmd to Society & Culture at 4:49 PM on Mar 22, 2013 - 75 answers [447 favorites]

Christmas gifts for under $20 dollah

What $10-$20 item improved your lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie to Home & Garden at 10:12 AM on Dec 1, 2009 - 85 answers [445 favorites]

You pay for WHAT?

What things would you would never consider paying money for, once you learned how easy it was to do/make/fix yourself? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream to Grab Bag at 2:48 AM on Nov 4, 2010 - 102 answers [431 favorites]

Rock Out With Your Doc Out

If you guys were my real friends, you would have told me about Heavy Metal Parking Lot before now. Back in the day, I used to hear about great documentary films through the grapevine. I guess the best example of this is the Evening with Kevin Smith series. But I never seem to hear about these any more. Heavy Metal Parking Lot looks awesome. What else am I missing? Parameter: nothing really sad. Hands on a Hard Body was kind of a bummer to me, but it's still the sort of thing I'm looking for. Anything about, say, the Holocaust, is out of this league. Thanks, MeFites!
posted by Jane Austen to Media & Arts at 8:37 AM on Mar 6, 2014 - 109 answers [422 favorites]

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