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Favorite editions/versions of fairy tales

What are some of your favorite editions, versions, or retellings of fairy tales or folk tales or other stories in adjacent genres? I'm interested in beautiful illustrations, or well-written prose, or any other reasons that you love that specific version. If you have one preference for younger kids and a different for older kids, tell me that too! [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jan 18, 2017 - 22 answers

Comprehensive list of books recommended by Obama over last 8 years?

I'm looking for a compilation of all of the book recommendations Obama has made over the last 8 years. There are lists that have come out with a few at a a time, but has anyone see a comprehensive list? Thanks!
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat on Jan 17, 2017 - 5 answers

Dick Whitman became Don Draper. I'm looking for more examples.

Literature, TV, movies. One more example with possible spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Jan 16, 2017 - 33 answers

Good books for a 2 1/2 year old who loves numbers?

Our son is absolutely nuts about numbers (and letters, and other sequences or lists of things). His favorite books are all the kind where the first page has an 1, the second page has a 2, etc. But he needs more than just 10 things to count. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble on Jan 15, 2017 - 20 answers

What should I read to my baby, and when?

My wife is just beginning her second trimester, so it looks as though I'll be a dad in July. I'm pretty excited about this. I'd really love to instill an appreciation for canonical literature at an early age since it was so important to me as a kid and now as an adult. [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 on Jan 14, 2017 - 61 answers

Quiet Books from Diverse Authors

I like quiet books that are inward-facing, but I need to diversify my reading list beyond white male authors. I like introspection (think Knausgard or Proust), interpersonal relationships (Austen), or beautiful descriptions of natural environments. I don't like high melodrama, violence, or sexual violence. Do you know of any non-white and/ or female authors that fit into these categories?
posted by Think_Long on Jan 9, 2017 - 40 answers

chapter book recommendations for almost 4-year-old

My son will be 4 in March and he loves books. Can you recommend some longer/chapter books age appropriate with easy listening comprehension? [more inside]
posted by sabh on Jan 7, 2017 - 20 answers

Is Goodreads editorial content advertising?

I use Goodreads and occasionally enjoy what purports to be editorial content from the site itself: for example, this list of anticipated 2017 books, monthly round-ups of notable new releases in various genres, newsletters, year-end best-ofs, etc. None of this stuff is expressly labeled as advertorial, but given the Amazon-owned site's obviously extensive relationships with publishers and sellers, I feel like a lot of it might in fact be "sponsored content," and I'm curious to what extent I'm being marketed-to. Does anyone know?
posted by eugenen on Jan 7, 2017 - 2 answers

Trying to find two books/stories I read as a kid

One was I believe a short story about a boy who had a remote-control that froze time... [more inside]
posted by diocletian on Jan 7, 2017 - 3 answers

Find this book & illustrator

I Need help in finding the book this page is from and the illustrator who worked on it. - Front page & reverse [more inside]
posted by asra on Jan 3, 2017 - 3 answers

What is the best book about each U.S. President?

My project for 2017 is to read a biography, or a history of the presidency, of each President of the United States. I'd like to narrow it down to one apiece to fit the project into a year. Special cases of this question have been asked here and here, but I would like to extend the question to each administration.
posted by quarantine on Dec 31, 2016 - 20 answers

Works similar to Cryptonomicon and Mother Earth Motherboard

I recently read Mother Earth Motherboard by Neal Stephenson and enjoyed learning about modern telecommunications hardware. I've also enjoyed reading Cryptonomicon for its investigation of game theory and crypto. Do you know of any similar works that delve into modern secure communication? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on Dec 30, 2016 - 7 answers

Book recommendations for my grandma

My 90 year old grandmother is a passionate believer in lifetime learning. Aside from using her free time to learn English and to navigate an iPad, she is convinced that the only way to slow her mental decline is to keep the mind engaged. [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Dec 29, 2016 - 12 answers

Criterion Collection for Books

I'm looking for interesting publishing imprints. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by R.F.Simpson on Dec 28, 2016 - 27 answers

Questions about The Peripheral by Wm. Gibson

I just finished The Peripheral and have questions. It's great if you haven't read it. Spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by Mid on Dec 28, 2016 - 3 answers

Viewpoints in disguise: books and movies

In the vein of The Education of Little Tree (as discussed on This American Life) I'm looking for books or movies that are typically understood as representing one moral/political point of view, but on closer look actually represent a different viewpoint altogether. The bigger the contrast in meaning between the two analyses, the better. Caveat: the "wrong" interpretation must be due to intentional misleading or obscuring by the work's author. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Dec 28, 2016 - 9 answers

Unscary Detective/Mystery books in "exotic" or "outdoors" locations.

ISO mystery/detective authors where the protagonist is mostly not in danger. Bonus if it happens in an exotic (to me - from urban US) locale, or in a nature setting. Must be NOT SCARY! (Previous likes/dislikes inside). I've seen the other threads on this, but can't tell from that which ones are scadn which not. [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 on Dec 26, 2016 - 17 answers

Award-worthy fiction in audio?

I have occasionally enjoyed audiobooks, but it's been hit and miss. My attention isn't 100% with audio, so books that are relatively simple to follow seem best, right? And of course a great reader is crucial. I usually read recent books classified as "literary fiction," and I have a huge to-read list. Which ones should I pick for audio and which should I save for paper? [more inside]
posted by Frenchy67 on Dec 26, 2016 - 12 answers

Can you mail a copy of a book to an author & ask them to sign it?

I remember reading a short piece by Isaac Asimov talking about people sending him books asking him to sign them. That was a long time ago. Is it still common practice to do this? Can I just send an admired author fan-mail that includes a copy of the book and return postage? Or do most authors nowadays only do that at designated book-signings? Are there any standards of etiquette in making such a request that I should know about? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Dec 24, 2016 - 11 answers

"What Are You Reading?" book lists

Today's release of the UofC Law Faculty's annual What Are We Reading? list reminded me that one of the many (many, many, oh god so many) things I'm going to miss about the Obama administration is the President's Summer Reading List. Do you know of any similar annual lists? [more inside]
posted by colbeagle on Dec 22, 2016 - 9 answers

PresentFilter: coffee-table book of furniture?

I have a relative who's a woodworker and carpenter, a very visual and creative guy. I was thinking a nice Christmas gift would be some kind of book of interesting / unusual / beautiful furniture, for browsing and inspiration. Any recommendations? (ideally available on amazon prime...)
posted by gold-in-green on Dec 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Delightful absurd complexities

My friend is writing a book, in which a character makes a list of things that are absurdly complex in a delightful way. But we need more, especially from the non-US/UK world! See inside for some examples... [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 19, 2016 - 53 answers

Are there any good books that get into how imperial China worked?

I know that that spans a long period of time, and that ambiguity is ok. I guess what I'm interested in is how the government was actually structured... what sort of intrigue went down? How were regions governed? I've heard a lot about the fairly sophisticated bureaucracy that existed for a very long time in China, and I'm very curious to know more about the nitty gritty of how society actually functioned... the time period is open to whatever time period someone found fit to write a book about!
posted by wooh on Dec 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Books that are like The Last Samurai

Just finished reading The Last Samurai, and enjoyed its intellectual bent, the way it switched narrators, and slightly improvised feeling structure. Are there any other books that would surprise me like this? [more inside]
posted by benadryl on Dec 18, 2016 - 14 answers

Great Sex Scenes in Good Books

Can you recommend books that have explicit and hot sex scenes? The book has to be good enough writing and plot-wise, but it's the good sex that I'm really in the mood for! I'm not looking for romance genre or erotica. [more inside]
posted by jeszac on Dec 17, 2016 - 18 answers

Seeking methods of contacting retiring antiquarian dealers

I buy and sell old books, maps, and prints. I want to buy them in large quantity. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Dec 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Books about morals & civics to give to civic-minded moral Trump voters

I am looking for inspiring books that highlight the importance of moral and civil values as the foundation of democracy. By moral and civic values, I'm thinking of simple things like honesty, integrity, compassion, compromise, and a willingness to look at evidence. [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust on Dec 15, 2016 - 16 answers

Novels featuring airline life

I just finished reading Noah Hawley's excellent "Before the Fall", and the sections I most enjoyed were those focused on the lives of the pilots and stewardess. It brough back to me how much I loved the non-fiction book "Skyfaring", about the life of a civilian airline pilot, and also - in a slightly different key - the movie "Up In The Air". Any suggestions for novels - or, alternately, memoirs or movies - focusing on people who live their lives in airplanes and airports? Not particularly interested in military pilots, but novels that never actually leave the terminal would be OK. Thanks all!
posted by LingeringMoon on Dec 15, 2016 - 19 answers

Recommended Reading for Kicking Ass at Work?

I'm looking for books or blogs to read before I start a senior CS / sub-team supervisor job in January. Things about organization, interpersonal relationships, de-escalating situations and longer term planning then I have a test Tuesday [more inside]
posted by Liger on Dec 12, 2016 - 9 answers

ISO knitting books

I am in search of general knitting books [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard on Dec 12, 2016 - 18 answers

How to search Amazon Prime Reading

I have a subscription to Amazon Prime and would like to try out Amazon Prime Reading. How do I search for specific books I want to read? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Dec 11, 2016 - 8 answers

What kind of history do I like?

I find myself drawn to a certain time period and focus of history. I'd like to know if there is a specific genre or time period or other way to describe my interest so I can more easily find books that appeal to me. [more inside]
posted by rastapasta on Dec 8, 2016 - 8 answers

What was the title and/or author of this young adult novel?

Ok, it could also be a children's novel. All I know is I keep thinking about it off-and-on but the actual title eludes me. I believe I read in the late 1990s or early 2000s, although the book may have been published before that time. It was dystopian, coming of age theme. The basic plot that I can remember is that a virus killed off all adults leaving the children behind. [more inside]
posted by Thirty7Degrees on Dec 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Give me your biddies, your scolds, your gossips

Please recommend small-town, woman-centric, low-stakes, non-romantic entertainments for me. [more inside]
posted by potrzebie on Dec 6, 2016 - 50 answers

books that are entirely unsuited to e-readers?

I've switched to an e-reader for most of my reading material, but I still love physical books and I enjoy getting new ones that I can somehow justify as unsuited to the screen. What are some books that really CANNOT be experienced properly in electronic format? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Dec 5, 2016 - 41 answers

Help me track down some beloved books from childhood! Win Karma!

In the late 90's / early 00's, my mother bought me a collection of craft and activity books published by (or related to) the magazine 'Highlights for Children'. I have vivid memories of some of the contents due to the long hours I spent poring over each page, but seemingly not anything useful enough to successfully track them down. Maybe someone out there also owned these books and can help me reunite. [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Dec 4, 2016 - 3 answers

Best non-fiction books about witches

I'm looking for readable, if not informative, non-fiction books about witches. [more inside]
posted by gc on Dec 4, 2016 - 19 answers

In search of happily ever afters...

Give me your (diverse, feminist) romance novel recs! Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Dec 3, 2016 - 8 answers

Whatever could it be / that has brought me to this loss?

In a year full of grief, I’m searching for music, writing, and art to get me through. Please share what was meaningful for you in working through your own grief. [more inside]
posted by Synesthesia on Dec 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Escapism for a social justice multiclasser.

Please recommend well-written cozy mysteries that won't make me angry. [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Dec 2, 2016 - 21 answers

Advice on Parenting Books: Which Ones to Read and How to Use Them

I'm having a baby! I'm looking for books on parenting. Not the feeding/changing etc. but the how-to-raise a human being aspects. So my two questions are: 1) What books on parenting did you find the most useful (birth through school-aged) both as general approaches to parenting and related to special issues I'll list inside and 2) The books will inevitably contradict each other. What strategies have you used to figure out what to draw from each set of ideas and what what works for you and what doesn't etc.? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Dec 2, 2016 - 26 answers

Children's books with realistic/ambiguous plots

Most American children's books seem to have a predicatable plot with challenges that are eventually overcome with (nearly) complete success. Sometimes it takes three tries, and sometimes there's a twist, but everyone goes home mostly happy. I am looking for kid's books with more realistic depictions of the process of failure and the ambiguity of human experience. [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on Dec 2, 2016 - 34 answers

Examples of ambitious women in fantasy lit?

After finishing the penultimate novel in The Queen of the Tearling trilogy I have a sudden desperation to read about ambitious and competent women in fantasy. I'm thinking anywhere along the lines of the ruthlessness of Cersei Lannister to the intelligence of Hermione Granger. I'm not looking for books that follow the familiar Young Adult trend of someone being thrust into a responsibility they are reluctant to take on. I want to read about women who are driven and set out to accomplish what they want, with no preference to YA or adult fantasy.
posted by queenrelan on Dec 1, 2016 - 37 answers

Recommendations for homemaking books?

We just (as of yesterday!) bought our first home. I am a mixture of excited and clueless. Please recommend your favorite homemaking / housekeeping books for me to pore over. This is a genre I love but it's never been so immediately applicable to me before. [more inside]
posted by cpatterson on Nov 30, 2016 - 9 answers

Looking for Sci fi book gift

Hello! I need a book (possibly movie, but better a book) recommendation for a feminist leaning speculative fiction fan. What's new this year? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Nov 29, 2016 - 20 answers

Recommend me books about work

I'm looking for books about how to manage your working life effectively. That could be anything from productivity, to managing stress, to interpersonal relationships, to broader musings on work-life balance or authenticity or ambition. I know that the airport bookshops of the world are full of this kind of thing, but what's actually worth reading? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Nov 27, 2016 - 11 answers

Sensually yours (need erotic books/vids recommendations)

I’m seeking suggestions for steamy books, fanfiction, and videos/shows/series because I'm simply awful at picking these myself. Snowflakes divulged in the extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Nov 27, 2016 - 12 answers

Readable historical non-fiction?

My mom is obsessed with the Outlander series and really interested in that period of Scottish history (Bonnie Prince Charlie, Jacobite uprising, Culloden, etc.). I want to get her a solid, readable non-fiction book on that time period but I'm not too familiar with the material. Any recommendations?
posted by noxperpetua on Nov 27, 2016 - 3 answers

Pro Wrestling/Politics Question.

So, I've been rereading Shot in the Heart, by Mikal Gilnore, brother of the murderer Gary Gilmore. In one anecdote, the author describes the family, living in late 50's - early '60's Portland, Oregon, going to the local pro wrestling matches. They describe razzing and then befriending on of the grapplers, who wore a skull mask as part of his costume. The Gilmore says that now, the wrestler is a local conservative radio/TV show hero. Who's he talking about?
posted by jonmc on Nov 27, 2016 - 7 answers

Good travel book for recently retired man?

My American father just retired and wants to do more international travel—what are some inspiring books about traveling abroad to less-common tourist destinations? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Nov 25, 2016 - 8 answers

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