Back in the early-mid 90s, preteen me read a surreal science fiction book that I checked out from my local library. I remember a few tantalizing details, and I'm curious to find it and find out if it was any good. The basics: Many-worlds, and characters move between them unknowingly whenever they talk on the newfangled quantum telephone. Something bad happened to the US in most/all universes, but nobody in the multiverse knows what. It Gets Weird. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape
on Feb 14, 2014 -
My partner and I were remembering our differing childhood experiences of homemade spaghetti. At one point, she brought up using the leftovers in a spaghetti sandwich. I've never had one, but this triggered a vivid memory of a favorite picture book which had at least one illustration of a spaghetti sandwich. Among other odd sandwiches, possibly. I'd love to remember the title of the book and, ideally, see that illustration. [more inside]
posted by gilrain
on Jan 14, 2014 -
In high school English class, I remember reading a novel but can't recall the name or really much of the plot. I don't even remember liking it, but I still need to know the title! Here are some of the details I remember.
A couple gets married, and then they have a child seven or so months later. They weren't together before the wedding, so it's known the husband isn't the father. The wife had other children from a previous marriage/relationship. I believe the grandparents also play a central role.
The father works at a furniture store or for a cabinet maker? At one point, he joins some religious group and they have a gathering at his house. Somebody leaves a water ring on a nice oak table and the party fizzles out shortly after, even though they successfully remove the ring with soap.
posted by mmmbacon
on Nov 5, 2013 -
I read a book as a kid, some time in the 90s. Not sure when the book was published but it was for a pre-teen/young adolescent audience. It was a chapter book, but a light read; I think it was about a young girl who lives in New York, and has a mother who never leaves their home (possibly the mom is obese, but she is also happy to never leave the apartment). I think she also has a crush on an older boy from her neighbourhood, and at some point, they work together to sort of try to help her mother? Thinking back it seems like kind of a weird book for a kid, so I might be getting it all wrong or remembering it completely wrong.
posted by spicytunaroll
on Aug 2, 2013 -
I'm trying to find a book I read 20-25 years ago - an illustrated book of animals and ecosystems that never existed. If my memory is accurate (and it was
a long time ago), the book was illustrated in a very realistic style, but the animals were all a bit bizarre looking. Things like giant carnivorous beavers, or tree-dwelling armadillos (I don't know if those were actually in it, but that kind
of thing). I don't remember much else - I think it was fairly slim, and sort of a coffee table book, but that could be totally wrong. Any ideas very welcome!
posted by allen8219
on Jul 26, 2013 -
I would like help identifying a children's picture book about a family of bears who wear clothes and do human things. Basically all I remember about it is that they're NOT the Berenstein bears. [more inside]
posted by Safiya
on Jul 12, 2013 -
Asking for a friend: "I read a book when I was very young, a fantasy story for kids, that featured a character called Airy Bear, who would inflate himself and thus leap and bounce about. I cannot remember the name of this book and I really, *REALLY* want to know what it is. Help? The internet (or at least my search-term-crafting-fu) is failing me."
posted by kilo hertz
on Oct 29, 2012 -
A recent conversation reminded me of something I once read. It was in a Playboy magazine, likely mid-80s, and it was either a short story or an excerpt from a novel if Playboy even does that kind of thing. From what I remember it was written in the first person about a guy (a reporter?) who hears about this Vietnam vet that has learned some art of tattooing which acts as the perfect camouflage. [more inside]
posted by komara
on Jun 20, 2011 -
I'm trying to come up with the name of a short story I read eight or ten years ago. It is a first-person narrative of the domestic life of a cynically detached man who lives with his wife and kid. [more inside]
posted by churl
on Jun 4, 2011 -
Identify a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel for me - the only thing I remember about it is the hero(ine?) following the rusting stumps of electricity pylons through a bleak, post-apocalyptic (nuclear?) landscape. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave
on Dec 7, 2010 -
Science Fiction character identification: Which SF story had a sort of Friar Tuck like character who followed all faiths simultaneously and had the symbols for multiple world religions hung around his neck?
posted by Artw
on Sep 29, 2010 -
Please help me identify a book - I've tried Google so many times, it suspects I'm an automated robot [more inside]
posted by sleepcrime
on Sep 22, 2010 -
Calling upon the Hive Mind to once again exercise its SUPER DEADLY NINJA POWERS and identify another obscure, barely-remembered book! This time, it's an ancient kids' book. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew
on Sep 21, 2010 -
I read this book in the 1970s or possibly the early 1980s. The story is set in medieval times, the main character is a girl and it has to do with damask roses (breeding or raising them?). There's more too it of course, but that's all I remember.
The book was a paperback and the cover had a full colour drawing of the girl on the front standing by some roses. I believe she's wearing a rose coloured cotehardie
or something similar. A rock wall or well may have also been in the background of the cover.
posted by deborah
on Aug 10, 2010 -
When I was a boy, I read a true story about two prisoners who escaped from some kind of cave/prison. Can anyone help me identify it? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack
on Jul 20, 2010 -
Help me remember this book (murder mystery) we read in grade school, with only vaguely remembered details (aka what askme does best) [more inside]
posted by chndrcks
on Jun 24, 2010 -
Identify this book: lady with white hair and crimson "area" tries to get her boyfriend to kill a hobo and plant a tree. [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog
on Apr 9, 2010 -
Identifyfilter: Probably quite cheesy children's/young adult book series -- "The Happy Holidays". Google-Fu failing spectacularly. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack
on Mar 25, 2010 -
What'sThisBook-ForAFriend filter: novel about aliens that are blob-shaped and eventually come in contact with humans? [more inside]
posted by jacalata
on Dec 30, 2009 -
Is this a real book? All I remember is that 1 or more characters could activate some kind of special powers or transformational abilities by imagining the shape of a particular object in their mouth. [more inside]
posted by vytae
on Oct 3, 2009 -
There's a book I read about 8 years ago I'm trying to identify. I can't remember the title. It was a thick paperback, a blue cover with possibly a butterfly on it. But here's the weird thing
about this book, which is why I am hoping someone can help me - it was written by two people, and they were only identified by their first names on the cover.
I had never seen that before. On the cover, it was like, "Edward & Judy" or something like that. Weird, huh? [more inside]
posted by Sully
on Jan 16, 2009 -
IDaBookFilter: I'm looking for the name of a female fantasy author whose last name is around the end of the alfabet. One of her books is a parallel world version of the French Revolution, another has the protagonist infiltrating a sect. Bonus points for another book inside!
posted by snoogles
on Aug 3, 2008 -
I remember reading this sci-fi book a long while ago, but I can't remember anything easily googleable. Can anyone help identify it? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi
on Feb 10, 2008 -
In middle school I read a story about time-travel. Can you help me identify it based on these inaccurate and erratic details? [more inside]
posted by sambosambo
on Dec 14, 2007 -
Help me identify this book! A friend asked me this, and I quote: "book from the 17th century? about the guy who decided to be a tourist in his own home. he wrote a whole book about how he's exploring his kitchen and livingroom. finding things he'd never seen before. marveling at a cupboard he hasn't opened for a long time. stumbling upon a pretty rock underneath the carpet."
There are no other clues. I told her I had no idea what it was, but now I too am curious and interested in reading it. Apparently, not even the person who recommended it to her could remember the title or the author. Any ideas?
posted by Lush
on Nov 5, 2006 -
I'm looking for a particularly grim (young adult?) book that was published sometime in the 70s, I believe. [more inside]
posted by sun-el
on Jun 23, 2005 -
Yet another ChildhoodBookFilter question. This one involves ancient Egypt. [+] [more inside]
posted by deborah
on Jan 11, 2005 -
Here's a challenge. Anyone happen to recognize the book whose cover is partially revealed/shown here
? I think it looks like Ralph Nader. My friend thinks it's Al Pacino. But neither panned out. Ideas?
posted by beingdaddy
on Dec 8, 2004 -