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Child reading books in the summer

Hi, My 10 year old girl loves to read. When she gets started, she loves it, but it's the "getting her started" that I have a problem with. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jun 27, 2014 - 33 answers

Help me ID a Sci-Fi Story about computation and evolution

A few years ago I went into my school's SciFi library and I was given a book of short stories which I read several of sitting on the floor of the library. And then I put down the book and I don't remember what it was called. One short story was about a world in which computation speeds get faster and faster until someone, eventually makes computers capable of running models on the order of complexity of a world's worth of physics very very quickly. I think the computers may have been the shape of small cubes. [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jun 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Light, Humorous, Feelgood Books for Cancer Patient and Family

Dad's got cancer and the whole family (readers all) are looking for some book recommendations that are light, humorous without being wacky, and immersive. We've got a lot of time to sit around and worry. Thanks!
posted by bluejayway on Jun 23, 2014 - 15 answers

The "Star Wars" of books, you might say

Are there any prominent examples of authors who wrote the middle book (or even the last book) in a trilogy first? Non-fiction preferred, but will take fiction examples, too.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Jun 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Books to take a train by

Next week, I am taking the Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland, Oregon. In a previous question about train travel, someone suggested reading books that take place along your train route. This is an idea I love ... and I have at least 47 hours to pass! So: what are your favorite (kindle) books which occur in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, or Oregon? Bonus for rural themes. I am not a big mystery fan, but if it is particularly excellent, I'll read it. Romance is out. Otherwise, I'm open to anything!
posted by ChuraChura on Jun 20, 2014 - 41 answers

Book about Italian apprentice making fountain for stray cats.

Ok, I could have sworn I read this book multiple times when I was a kid, but nobody seems to remember it exists including my cat-loving, children's literature professor mom who gave it to me. I'll try to list every thing I can remember about it in the extended explanation. To summarize, it takes place in an Italian town where a young-fountain-making apprentice wants to make his own fountain so that all the stray cats around him will have some place to drink. As he is poor, he cobbles together the material from things he can find, and in the end I do believe he ends up making the fountain. My mom and the internet don't seem to remember this book, but I think it did exist. Maybe you guys will come up with something. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Jun 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Has anyone indexed a book lately and can recommend a process?

Any advice on indexing a pdf and making an index in Word? [more inside]
posted by quixotictic on Jun 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Should I go ahead and take this book offer? I'm broke and I need the $$$

I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with book publishing, either as an author, editor or publisher. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Jun 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Keeping my Kindle stocked

I get an email every month from Amazon with their editors' "Best Books of the Month." I always find some good recommendations there in a number of categories, and I'm hoping for more. Are there other websites that offer curated lists of new books on a monthly basis? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Jun 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Best service that can print & bind one copy of a 500 page pdf?

I have a public domain pdf book that I'd like to have a durable hard copy of. Googling throws up too many false positives, and the most relevant previous AskMeFi doesn't really help. Recommendations?
posted by mono blanco on Jun 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Young adult novel about becoming a girl becoming a fugitive?

In the late 90s, I read a lot of young adult novels - the plot of one in particular has stuck with me for years and I think about it way too much. If you could help me track it down I would be forever grateful. Basic premise, a teen girl sees something she shouldn't while at her father's house and she then goes on the run. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jun 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Maybe the longest shot ever: Looking for an old book about bigfoot.

When I was a kid I had a book about bigfoot that I read and re-read. I can't remember what it is called or anything like that but I am clinging to the faintest hope that the AskMe hive mind can help me find it. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jun 2, 2014 - 12 answers

Children's book about "growing" machine/industrial sprawl?

An image (link) reminded me of a children's book I read at school (in England) in the 1980s. I can't remember much about it except it involved a machine that started out small and benign, but eventually grew to take over and pollute the whole world (allegorically, no doubt). I think it was largely or entirely pictorial, so impossible to google for! Anyone have any idea what it might have been? Thanks!
posted by puppygalore on Jun 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Please identify this children's collection of folktales from India

I am hoping to identify a book I had as a child. It was an illustrated collection of myths/fairytales from India. [more inside]
posted by Adridne on May 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Can you help me identify two fairy tales?

I'm trying to track down two fairy tales I read as a kid, in the early-mid eighties. Bits and pieces of these stories have been coming back for a while, but I can't put together the whole thing and would love to reread them! [more inside]
posted by copacetic on May 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me find a short story? SciFi simulated universe, subjects escape

I read a short story a few years ago about scientists simulating a whole world in a computer and watching history unfold. The scientists appear in the world like gods to shape it. But then the virtual test subjects figure out a way to interact with the world outside the computer and then ultimately escape by teleporting the whole computer facility through a wormhole. What story is this? [more inside]
posted by Kolath on May 28, 2014 - 8 answers

It's on the tip of someone's tongue

Please help my husband and me find words or phrases (any language!) that describe the sensation of knowing how far you are from home. Not really alienation or nostalgia or being homesick-- just the understanding/realization of the distance. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on May 25, 2014 - 14 answers

Pleas help me find this book!

There's an activity book that I saw once and I would like to find out what it was called. It's a fashion-themed activity book for adults, and all I remember about it was a couple of the activities. There was one where there was a bunch of different outlines of shirts, and you could make up patterned fabrics. There was another where you could draw a hairstyle ( a beehive?) on a woman. The tone was whimsical rather than serious, more about doodling and playing around than actual design ideas. I saw the book in Winners (Canada's TJ Maxx) a couple months ago. Any ideas as to what book this could have been?
posted by to recite so charmingly on May 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Searching for a slim book of odd Iowa humor from the 80s

Back in the early or mid-eighties, my grandparents had a book of offbeat Iowan humor. I'd love to find that book again. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on May 22, 2014 - 1 answer

Creating a poster from a book cover

I really want to create a poster from a blown up book cover, but I don't have a big enough image file. Might an academic library loan help me track down the book? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on May 21, 2014 - 7 answers

What can I read while waiting for the next Ibis Trilogy book?

I want to read novels about migration, trade, and globalization in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries -- I especially loved Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (and its sequel River of Smoke) and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell and would love to find more novels along these lines. [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew on May 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for a coffee table sized book about dwarves

I remember reading this book on dwarves as a kid and I am unable to find any hide or hair of via google. It was something along the lines of a field report from the uncovering of a city of tunnels somewhere in Europe. [more inside]
posted by Hactar on May 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for a book but don't know author nor title

Hi, I read this book as a teeny (35 years ago). It's about a girl that finds herself suddenly through time-travel in London in the second world war. She falls in love with a soldier and meets with her mother that was then her age. Her multicolor scarf hat a special meaning in the story but I can't remember why. As she finds herself suddenly back to present time, she writes down her happenings and gives the diary to her mother who is shocked as she remembered that girl with te strange scarf. She occasionally meets the son of the solder that looks identically as his father who did pass away in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by seredie on May 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Book posters?

I'm looking for visually striking posters of books that I love. Could be an exact book cover blown up, or perhaps an artist's own illustration. What's a good source for these? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on May 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Audobon's "Birds of America" but for flowers

I am looking for a book that has large, high-quality illustrations of flowers. [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on May 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for the Title of a Young Adult Book With an Invisible City.

It's time once again for "I remember reading this book, sitting cross-legged in the hallway of my elementary school, and for the life of me I can't remember it and looking for the usual keywords is just failing me." You know the drill. [more inside]
posted by jscott on May 7, 2014 - 11 answers

New book out last month? I had no idea

I used to really like Goodreads, in particular for its "new releases by authors on your shelf" monthly pages (must be logged in). Except those no longer actually show the new releases by the authors on my shelves. Is there some other site that will create those pages for me? I'd prefer it not by email but will accept it, and I'd like to be able to import the authors from GR. Any other way of seeing upcoming releases by authors I have read would be fine too.
posted by jeather on May 5, 2014 - 6 answers

Art of Seduction Book!? Help me find it!

There was a book I bought YEARS ago on the bargain shelf. I would love to have it again, the trouble is I can't remember the name. I do remember that it was written in the style of Socratic (???) dialogue... the unknowing young girl was asking the older one questions. And it was written by a lady who had been very popular in costume design and I believe she owned a large collection. Ring a bell?
posted by misspony on May 1, 2014 - 2 answers

Female wanderers wanted!

Seeking literary fiction with a transient, often solitary, female hero, please! [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Apr 30, 2014 - 40 answers

Like the Mixed-Up Files, But True

My friend is graduating next month with a degree in Museum Studies. I'd like to get her a book as a graduation present. Can you recommend any good memoirs or biographies or popular nonfiction books set in the museum world? I would rather it not be mainly about heists or looting or art crime.
posted by bluefly on Apr 30, 2014 - 13 answers

Teaching Finnegans Wake to High Schoolers

A couple of years ago I read a piece online written by a teacher about using Finnegans Wake as a teaching tool. He had them analyze the ending of the book, or rather, the beginning/end. Their analysis of it surprised him. Many of the students came up with different interpretations showing how many ways it can be read. I can't for the life of me find it anywhere. Could someone help me out?
posted by holmesian on Apr 28, 2014 - 0 answers

Looking for a children's picture book

Had a memory just now of a small book I had as a child. I have a vague recollection of it being square and hardback, possibly with a green cover, but the most prominent memory is of a page describing the "wild worms of the Pampas" with a picture of fanged worms in tall grass. [more inside]
posted by j.edwards on Apr 18, 2014 - 7 answers

The Art Book - Phaidon Press

I have been unable to turn up a list of the artists included in this book. I've tried Google Books, Amazon, and the publisher's own website. None of my local stores or libraries have it available. Can anyone tell me which artists are included in this book? I realize it's a really long list, but maybe the table of contents are out there somewhere, scanned or otherwise. Thanks!
posted by lolo341 on Apr 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Modern Life is Magic

Help me find books that convey a jolly feeling of appreciation for the wonders of modern life. Ideally these would be books that have a sci-fi or fantasy feel, but in which nothing overtly magical or fantastic happens. The best recent examples I can think of are Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, which has all the elements of a fantasy novel but is set squarely in our world, and William Gibson's most recent novels, all of which feel fantastic to me but are grounded in real life. [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress on Apr 10, 2014 - 18 answers

I need help identifying a book.

I don't have much to go on. Who wants to take a stab at it? [more inside]
posted by msali on Apr 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Help identifying a children's book:There's No Accounting For Taste?

My wife's family is trying to remember the full title of an illustrated children's book. They are insisting it's called "There's no Accounting For Taste". It's about a brother and a sister on a walking journey where they observe animals eating various things (like a robin eating a worm, or a panda eating bamboo) and they end up saying "There's no Accounting For Taste!". So far google has been no help.
posted by splatta on Mar 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Physical security measure to prevent book theft

I'm going to be stocking a small bookcase with 5 to 10 books, and placing it in a room inside a college. I need a way to prevent the books from being stolen. Options seem surprisingly limited. Any help? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Mar 28, 2014 - 27 answers

Name that book: a detective novel in Los Angeles

Help me remember the title of this book? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Mar 27, 2014 - 5 answers

I need some interesting, relatively non-partisan books on politics

I'd like to brush up on my understanding of American politics today. Could anyone point me in the direction of an accessible, well-regarded book that approaches an interesting political phenomenon, or American politics in general, in a relatively non-partisan way? I'd prefer to stay away from highly ideological works about how either conservatives or liberals are leading America to its doom.
posted by Chuck Barris on Mar 20, 2014 - 10 answers

What was this young adult book with a protagonist called Veronica?

I once read a book where someone tells the main character, "You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar, Veronica." I'm 99% sure the character in question was called Veronica and the line definitely included her name. (It may not have included the "than vinegar" bit.) What was this book? [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Mar 20, 2014 - 11 answers

I need the dirty bits from popular books

I'm starting a book club among my friends where we just read the dirty bits from popular books to each other. They don't even have to be popular books - just books that I can actually find easily. And it's not exactly a book club. More like a reading-to-each-other club. Anyway, can you remember and recommend any notably hot sex scenes from books you might have read? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Mar 19, 2014 - 61 answers

Navigable audio version of the Christian Bible

I'd love to have an audio version of the Christian Bible that allows you to pick a specific chapter or specific verses and listen to them -- ideally in a recorded voice, not not a text-to-speech generator. I have a Kindle version of the Bible that I really like -- it's easy to navigate to a specific chapter and verse through the Kindle table of contents and menus. It's an NRSV translation from Harper Bibles. Are there any audio versions of the Bible that have similar functionality?
posted by OrangeDisk on Mar 18, 2014 - 4 answers

What are the possible bits of a book?

I would like a list of generic things in printed material (particularly educational material). I know about the regular types of bits: foreword, preface, tables, figures, plates, glossary, references, dot points, chapter, appendix, headers, footers, page numbers, table of contents; but I would like as big a list as possible (with links to images, if you feel like it of visual identifiers) of other types of repeat things in books, textbooks, reports, education activity books for children- basically any kind of printed material (even if it's supplied electronically). [more inside]
posted by b33j on Mar 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Historical Religious Books

I just finished reading Zealot, by Reza Aslan, and I found it to be a fascinating book. I'm looking for similar books! [more inside]
posted by graventy on Mar 17, 2014 - 12 answers

App for organizing tons of pdf and other files into a research library?

1. I don't want to have to upload anything to the web. 2. I'd like to have one and the same file show up under multiple different categories. For instance, if there's a book about the math of baseball, I'd like to be able to have it show up in a category called "math" and also show up in a category called "baseball." 3. It would be cool if it could allow for the feature of associating a given file with an image, such as a book or DVD cover (so that browsing them could be like browsing on Netflix) or a book or DVD binding (so that different collections could appear in a graphic way as looking like items on a bookshelf).
posted by Eiwalker on Mar 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Day-to-day of a tanker in WWII?

I'm looking for non-fiction books that describe the day-to-day life of an allied tanker (guy in a tank or other AFV) in World War II. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Basic steps of trying to publish an translated English book in China

Suppose, one person thinks it will benefit Chinese people a lot by translating an American book to Chinese, then publish it in China. How to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Mar 7, 2014 - 4 answers

SciFi Books from a While Ago

I'm yet again looking for some books I read over a decade ago. Details below. Somewhere in there I swear is a link to Frank Herbert, but I don't know for sure (every time I search for his bibliography it comes up all Dune). [more inside]
posted by BenevolentActor on Mar 6, 2014 - 7 answers

More smart thrillers like Brilliance and Lexicon

I've recently finished Marcus Sakey's Brilliance and Max Barry's Lexicon and I'd like more thrillers like them. By "like them", I mean: fast paced, lots of twists and action, an intelligent, speculative, science-fictiony central idea, but the book is not marketed as genre science fiction, but rather as a thriller. Some literary aspiration is a plus, as is a good Bechdel test score (both of the above books kind of failed on that latter criterion). Already read: Atwood, Gibson, Stephenson. I read a lot of "literary mysteries" like Tana French and the like, but here I'm more interested in action/thrillers and not so much mysteries or procedurals.
posted by matildaben on Mar 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Business, Murakami, DFW, and Music

Book suggestions for a gift exchange recipient that combine business, Haruki Murakami, David Foster Wallace, and/or music? (here's hoping my recipient isn't also a Mefite!) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 4, 2014 - 10 answers

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