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Help me find good books for my 12-year-old neighbor.

So the kid next door is curious, restless, and smart as hell. He knows we have a shit ton of books, so he just asked me if he could borrow one for his weekly reading assignment. We have nothing for kids on hand, but I would really love to set him up with a few great things from the library or bookstore. Can you help me hook this kid on reading? He says he likes sports, adventure, and mystery. Bonus points for African-American content/protagonists/heroes. Thanks, everybody!
posted by kelborel on Sep 24, 2016 - 31 answers

Historical fiction about Jews living in small towns in the US ~1900?

My great-grandfather came to the US around 1900, but rather than settling in New York City with all the other Eastern European Jews, for some reason he lived in a small town in New Hampshire for a few years before moving to a place with more Jews. I'm looking for books (mostly, historical fiction) that might give me an idea of what his life (as, probably, one of only a few Jews) in New Hampshire might have been like. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Sep 24, 2016 - 5 answers

Optimizing book reading

I'm looking for tips on how to become a better reader. [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Sep 23, 2016 - 24 answers

Book recommendations after trauma

I'm looking for books that are enjoyable without being emotionally draining. I think I'm looking for fiction or memoirs, but am open to other suggestions as well. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow on Sep 20, 2016 - 22 answers

The year in awesome used kids' books

What are your absolute favorite seasonal or holiday children's books? Bonus points: lovely illustrations; likely out of print or otherwise not on the front page of the relevant section of Amazon. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 19, 2016 - 33 answers

What are some excellent classic and modern film books for film fanatics?

Hello. I'm wondering if there are any well worth film books for movie lovers to sink their teeth in? Specifically books on: directors, cinematography, best Britain, American, and Japanese films. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Sep 18, 2016 - 15 answers

I have an idea for a book...what now?

I have a great idea for a type of reference book. I'd love to make it a reality as I think it could really be useful to a lot of people. I only have the idea though. What do I do now?
posted by Amalie-Suzette on Sep 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Lots of press, very few sales. How do I promote my book to real readers?

I had a book published by Wiley this year (YAY!). It was a labor of love, and I believe it will help A LOT of people, but I am very shy about self-promotion. I speak at conferences all over the world, but my employer (who owns the book rights) will only allow me to give away copies, not sell them at these events, so all the excitement only amounts to a handful of sales when I speak. How do I get the word out to real readers, and expand my readership without looking like a self-promoting windbag? I am willing to spend $, but I want to spend it wisely. [more inside]
posted by Dr_Janeway on Sep 16, 2016 - 11 answers

How to deal with angry customers when I'm an angry author?

A few months ago, I wrote a novel. I sold a few hundred copies. Now my buyers want to know where their books are and... I don't know. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2016 - 20 answers

Where could I buy a Russian language textbook about American history?

I'd like to buy a university-style textbook (or another general survey book) on U.S. history written in the Russian language. Basically, I'm looking for the book that a Russian university would use for it's equivalent to History of the United States 101. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Chuck Barris on Sep 14, 2016 - 3 answers

Understanding modern Russia

I'm looking for good books and documentaries on Russia. I took a course on this topic in college (starting with the fall of the Tsars, through the USSR, and finally into Putin's first presidency), and I found it fascinating—but this was a decade ago, and clearly things have changed. Recent events have inspired me to start reading in this area again; help me sort out the wheat from the chaff. [more inside]
posted by cellar door on Sep 14, 2016 - 8 answers

Book: Looking for two types of war memoir

I's interested in war memoirs that were written from the point of view of a child. Also, I'm more interested in the defeated side POV. [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Sep 12, 2016 - 20 answers

Lovecraft-inspired fiction and cookbooks (unrelated!)

I'm going to Powell's next weekend and planning on splurging on a bunch of books. I'm looking for recommendations on two totally different types of books from you lovely people - Lovecraft-influenced fiction, and cookbooks with good dishes I can take for my lunches. More details inside! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Sep 11, 2016 - 14 answers

Sherlocking through the history

I'm looking for interesting pastiches based off Sherlock Holmes. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Sep 11, 2016 - 25 answers

Help me find this book

My sister says "I remember a book about kids who lived in an underground city with video monitors in the classroom with food trolleys it came under the ground bringing the food and then eventually they escaped through the trolley system onto a farm and the farmer gave the little girl a teddy bear." Probably from the late seventies or early eighties. Any clues?
posted by conifer on Sep 9, 2016 - 3 answers

More books like Jane Smiley's Some Luck trilogy?

Bookfilter: Help me find more books with the qualities I love about Jane Smiley's Some Luck trilogy! [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Sep 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Books of Authority

What are some examples of famously comprehensive, authoritative works in a particular field, on par with Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming or Feynman's Lectures? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Sep 8, 2016 - 32 answers

Making paperbacks more durable

The new(ish) Scholastic paperback editions of Harry Potter have lovely cover art by the excellent Kazu Kibuishi. I'd like to own a nice set of Harry Potter books with this art, but I'd hate to have my pretty books wind up with bendy covers and other paperback issues. Does anyone have experience with taking paperbacks such as these and re-binding them as hardcovers, or otherwise making them more durable? Difficulty: There's a box they've got to fit in, and the spines line up into a piece of art.
posted by 4th number on Sep 8, 2016 - 14 answers

Book filter: Dead man stays alive as ghost and travels the world?

There's a book that was published near the end of 2015/beginning of 2016 that is about a man who is killed and he ends up as a ghost (or maybe zombie-esque) traveling the world. That's the only description I can remember from the review that I read (in Entertainment Weekly). I also think the book had a brown cover. I don't know if was published in hardcover or paperback. Anyone know what this might be?
posted by lea724 on Sep 4, 2016 - 2 answers

Horror novels more creepy than bloody?

Mefites, lend me your collective bibliographic wisdom. I'm looking for successful/popular YA novels published in the last 5-7 years that embody creepy/atmospheric horror, as opposed to bloody/gory/slasher horror. If "Anna Dressed in Blood" is on the bloody end of the spectrum, for example, what's on the creepy end?
posted by Shoggoth on Sep 3, 2016 - 7 answers

Tell me about ordinary life in apartheid South Africa

I'm looking for books (or films, documentaries, blogs) that give an insight into ordinary day-to-day life in apartheid South Africa, particularly during the 1980s. Obviously much has been written about the great political ructions, but I'm interested in what ordinary daily life was like, for black and white. I've recently read 'Boyhood' by JM Coetzee, which is exactly the kind of thing I'm after; and although it's about Rhodesia rather than South Africa, 'Mukiwa' by Peter Goodwin was also very helpful.
posted by matthew.alexander on Sep 2, 2016 - 11 answers

1st person bildungsroman-type novel or autobiography written by a woman

Does anyone know of a 'bildungsroman' type novel (ie, life development from childhood through adulthood and beyond) written in the 1st person by a woman?. . . Something like Karl Ove Knausgård's "My Struggle" series of novels, but with a female protagonist and written by a woman? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Sep 1, 2016 - 26 answers

Cinematic Rare Book Treasure Hunt

What are some movies (or books, but I'm most interested in finding image stills) where the plot is about folks trying to find a particular special or rare book. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Sep 1, 2016 - 13 answers

Fiction about non-UK or USA people doing leisure travel

Looking for suggestions of novels or short stories, in English, that have leisure travel as a central feature (that is holidays not emigration, relocation for study, etc.) - where the travellers are not from either the UK or the USA. No restrictions on time period, but after realism rather than fantasy travel. Any ideas?
posted by AFII on Aug 30, 2016 - 10 answers

Book recommendations for 5yo girl

I'm looking for recommendations of longer books to read to my 5yo daughter. We recently read The BFG and that was pretty much perfect - obviously I'll try some of Dahl's other books, although they do seem to feature an awful lot of cruel and abusive family situations. So, who's the Roald Dahl of the 21st century? [more inside]
posted by nomis on Aug 29, 2016 - 29 answers

What was this compilation of children's poems and stories?

When I was younger, I had a book that was poetry and stories for children. Poetry included poems and illustrations by Edward Lear; the stories included "The Carp in the Bathtub," a Pecos Pete? story and possibly an excerpt from "Anne of Green Gables." The stories were illustrated. I have Googled this to death, tried looking up books via Library of Congress online, no luck. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by tippy on Aug 28, 2016 - 2 answers

Help me find a childhood book question: dinosaur edition

In grade school, my friend read a children's book about a female allosaurus. "The basic story was that the allosaurus was extremely hungry and had to hunt other animals to feed itself, but she was also too old to catch any prey. So at the end the allosaurus starved to death. That was, literally, the plot. A dinosaur learns that life is cruel and then dies." Ring any bells?
posted by blazingunicorn on Aug 27, 2016 - 4 answers

Ideas for "home library" kit as a wedding gift

A couple of literary friends are getting married, and I'd like to indulge their bibliophile tendencies. What are some ideas for gifts that would make practical additions to a home library? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Aug 27, 2016 - 25 answers

Harry Potter language question

The spells in the Harry Potter books are in a kind of Latin. There is a Latin translation of the first Harry Potter book. What language are the spells in that? (PLEASE SAY GREEK!) What language are the spells in the Greek translation? (PLEASE SAY EGYPTIAN!)
posted by thatwhichfalls on Aug 25, 2016 - 9 answers

Pokemon Go Potboilers

Help me find audiobooks I can listen to while playing pokemon. The best "page turners" that aren't too difficult to follow along with while also paying attention to the game. Female protagonists (hopefully). "The Girl on the Train" and "Gone Girl" are serviceable examples of what I am looking for. Not interested so much in stuff related to the military. The main criteria is that it is a page turner. And available as an audiobook. Thanks!
posted by skjønn on Aug 24, 2016 - 8 answers

Help Me Book-ify My Old Livejournal

The last time this question was asked was back in 2009, so just wanted to see if anyone had any advice or recommendations for getting a super old LJ printed into some sort of keepsake book. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Aug 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Do No Harm, but for psychiatrists

I'm looking for writing that deals with the day-to-day business of being a psychiatrist. Think Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, but by/about a psychiatrist instead of a neurosurgeon. [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Aug 21, 2016 - 8 answers

Book recs - Diaries and letters written by people in late middle age

I want to read journals and letters by people in their fifties and sixties. It could be anyone, anywhere, any century. I prefer good writing, and some levity. Most of all I'm looking for a sense of personality, text that brings the writer to life. The writer in his/her late middle age has lived several decades. They are settled in themselves, yet they still struggle. They look forward to years ahead, and they ponder mortality. What do they have to say? [more inside]
posted by valannc on Aug 19, 2016 - 19 answers

Fictional nerds

I'm looking for books with nerdy protagonists, especially academically inclined nerds. Any genre, though I'm especially interested in fiction about the real life of a nerd. I'm interested in middle grade, YA, and adult. It can be mystery, fantasy, or science fiction. Examples of what I'm looking for: I enjoy Flavia de Luce's interest in chemistry in the series by Alan Bradley. As far as realistic fiction goes, I like the style of the Princess Diaries though Mia's not as nerdy as what I'm looking for. I'm particularly interested in protagonists who like math. Thanks!
posted by azalea_chant on Aug 18, 2016 - 38 answers

Thoughtful, personal horror fiction

I'm looking for horror recommendations (defined as broadly as you wish). I'd like books with a deeper resonance, the kind you keep thinking about after you finish, but books that make you feel as well. My favorite writers are Shirley Jackson, Peter Straub, Caitlin R. Kiernan; I don't care as much for Lovecraft and the more cosmic stuff. Ideally this would be a book you would describe as being emotionally moving or compassionate as well as creepy. The further off the beaten path, the better.
posted by thetortoise on Aug 16, 2016 - 30 answers

A book full of sex and drugs and rock and roll, but not about musicians?

I need book recommendations (or genres?) that I can find at my public library tomorrow. Not musician biographies. [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup on Aug 15, 2016 - 22 answers

Lost "say this, not that" book

I saw pictures of a book on tumblr that was filled with suggestions for improvements on common condolences. For example, instead of saying, "Everything happens for a reason," try, "You must be disappointed that it didn't work out." Help me find this book, please! [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Aug 10, 2016 - 2 answers

Seeking recommendations for intellectual history

I'd like references for books that describe the intellectual history of the past 200-odd years in the West, e.g. modernism, postmodernism, and whatever was before and after. [more inside]
posted by uninformative on Aug 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Strange, dreamy books set by the ocean

Dear Mefi, another ‘books with a feel like…’ post. This time I’m after novels set by the sea (or by a lake if we must), but with a fabulist, magical or eerie feel. Not looking for out and out horror, just a feeling of strangeness in the air. Ambiguity a plus, and many bonus points if set in a run-down seaside town. Examples below the line... [more inside]
posted by reynir on Aug 6, 2016 - 35 answers

Iranian music and cinema of the 1940s-1970s

I'm looking for the best resources (books preferred but other sources are welcome) on Iranian music and cinema from the 1940s leading up to the revolution. In other words, under the rule of Mohammad-Reza Shah. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 4, 2016 - 2 answers

What is Shirley Temple reading?

Can anyone identify the storybook Shirley Temple is reading? [more inside]
posted by OolooKitty on Aug 4, 2016 - 4 answers

Wishing God Hates Us All was a real book

Re-watching Californication I find myself wishing that the fictional God Hates Us All (S1) or even Fucking and Punching (S1 through S3) was a real book. Which book would come close to the mix of love, sex, drugs and rock 'n roll that is the first few seasons of Californication?
posted by wolfr on Aug 1, 2016 - 7 answers

fun plane surprises for my nephew!

What are some fun items I can surprise my 5.5 year old nephew with on a 6 hour plane ride? [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 on Jul 30, 2016 - 11 answers

How To Troubleshoot Anything (but mostly IT)

I'm looking for books, websites, software, cheatsheets or even training pgrograms that focus on the troubleshooting process in general. This is for a small software support team, but I'm not looking for anything that specific necessarily. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Jul 29, 2016 - 15 answers

A Natural Twenty on Your Diplomacy Roll

I would like to read some fantasy/secondary world novels that deal heavily with political machinations - the more complex and backstabby the better. [more inside]
posted by darchildre on Jul 28, 2016 - 41 answers

Children's book ID

My son (who is 6) has been talking about a book that he was read recently, and I can’t figure out what book it is. It’s about a boy who is picking up rocks and putting them in his pocket. The rocks put stories in the boys head. He picks up so many rocks that his pockets get very heavy and his pants fall down. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by rozee on Jul 27, 2016 - 2 answers

books/films about impostors

Can you recommend books or films about impersonation, undercover spies, con artists, etc. along the lines of Catch Me If You Can, The Likeness, and The Talented Mr. Ripley? Bonus points for forgery! [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Jul 26, 2016 - 41 answers

My Deepest Voice Says I'm Unworthy, Untalented, and Not Enough

I feel unworthy, and part of me has grown to hate and hide from the world because I feel as if everyone holds me unworthy. While I see a therapist, I have often brought in outside material to our sessions, and I would appreciate book recommendations (or online blogs – namely, readable things) that come from people with similar experiences who have overcome (or at least are in the course of successfully fighting) this viewpoint. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2016 - 16 answers

Help me find litfic authors who use settings from all over the world!

Bookfilter! I'm looking to find authors with that internationalist flair. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Jul 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Recommend some state-of-the-art mystery novels.

I'm interested in catching up with the latest developments in the evolution of the mystery novel. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by Mothlight on Jul 21, 2016 - 18 answers

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