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What's the best way to sell a (somewhat) rare book?

According to some internet searching, a book I have in my possession is worth a few hundred dollars. I'm wondering what the best way to go about selling it is, given that my Ebay and Amazon seller accounts haven't been the most active.
posted by matkline on Mar 21, 2016 - 12 answers

A book I read as a kid

About 50 years ago when I was just entering grade school, my parents took us regularly to the children's room at the Portland OR Public Library main branch, and we would check out books. That's when I learned about science fiction, among other things. More below. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Mar 17, 2016 - 3 answers

Book identification: 80s-ish YA/teen novel about crossing dimensions

Trying to identify a book I read as a young teenager in the early 80s, prominently featuring people traveling across dimensions. The thing I remember most is the striking explanation of how, e.g., a 3-dimensional body would look like to someone who can see only 2 dimensions. [more inside]
posted by leticia on Mar 17, 2016 - 8 answers

70s Young Adult Novel ID.

70s Young Adult Novel ID. Main character is a teenage girl named I think Star or Starr. [more inside]
posted by JanetLand on Mar 15, 2016 - 2 answers

Help me identify this fantasy novel

Sometime in the last month, I read the first few pages of a Kindle ebook on Amazon and loved it, but unfortunately at the time I didn't have the cash to buy it. Now I have the cash but I can't find the book! Can you help me identify it? It's a fantasy novel by a female author. [more inside]
posted by snap, crackle and pop on Mar 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me find the Yoga Book I am searching for

I need a challenging yoga book for at home practice [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Mar 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Is there a short story set on the Golden Gate bridge?

I'm trying to remember the author and title of a story (at least, I think it's a story). All I really remember is a parent, I think a dad but I could be wrong, sitting in traffic on a bridge. I believe there are at least two kids in the car, and there might be some kind of accident or disaster ongoing or impending, hence the traffic. Possibly earthquake related because I think it's in the Bay Area? I'm pretty sure it's the Golden Gate bridge? But it might just be a generic/elsewhere bridge and I made it the Golden Gate in my mind. It could also be an opening/early scene in a novel? But I feel pretty sure about the short story part, at least. I wish I remembered more, but I know this exists and it's driving me crazy. Short story with parent(s) in car with kid(s) on bridge, possibly set in the Bay Area: ringing any bells?
posted by adastra on Feb 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Who are the Roger Eberts of book reviewers?

Are there any book reviewers out there who have great reputations as book reviewers? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Feb 23, 2016 - 12 answers

Looking for "pulpit for table"

Hello, I am looking for something that could be called, a "pulpit for table". The thing is that I am not sure how it is called so I can't search for it yet, if it exists. Let me describe it: [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Feb 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Looking for fiction featuring cities among the trees

I am currently reading Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, which includes wonderful vivid descriptions of a city built high in the trees on a jungle planet. Please recommend more novels that feature civilization in the trees! Not Tarzan; I'm looking for town or city life, arboreal style. I am searching for Dendropolis. [more inside]
posted by duffell on Feb 8, 2016 - 16 answers

Novels on trauma and healing

Please recommend novels where trauma and healing are major themes. Bonus points if: (a) it's well written; (b) it's genre fiction; (c) it's a comic; (d) the person who underwent trauma doesn't commit violence or suicide; (e) it will make me cry.
posted by thetortoise on Jan 27, 2016 - 30 answers

How to Submit to Book Publishers?

One of my closet relatives has self-published a book and now has revisited with hopes of submission to book agents. Aside from being a really interesting and good story, he is flummoxed by the plethora of requirements agents require (synopsis page, sample page, query letters, no attachements etc). He has used OpenOffice to create and is looking for software to help make agent submissions? Any ideas? More Inside the fold! [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Jan 26, 2016 - 9 answers

Book recommendations, please!

I am looking for book recommendations. Specifically, books that have gorgeous writing. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jan 20, 2016 - 82 answers

Looking for a children's book.

Trying to find a book I read as a child in the late 70s. As I recall, it was about a little alien boy who lived on the moon. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on Jan 18, 2016 - 2 answers

BookFilter: History of the GOP and Dems

Seeking: a relatively unbiased book (or two, or three) on the history of the Republican and Democratic parties. [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Jan 17, 2016 - 9 answers

Campus novel set in Mexico or other parts of Latin America?

Inspired by this post, I would like to find some fiction involving a university or college setting in Mexico or other parts of Latin America. Contemporary is preferred, but please don't hold back on any great historical reads.
posted by neutralmojo on Jan 13, 2016 - 4 answers

Toddler books with lots of things in the pictures?

Our toddler's really into pointing at things in picture books. What books have lots of things for him to point at? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jan 12, 2016 - 44 answers

History of coffee and tea

I have been a tea-favorer for many years. I have recently discovered that coffee is pretty good. I'm interested in reading some good histories on both plants/beverages. I am not averse to dry texts, so don't feel restricted to pop-ish books! Who has written the best history/histories on coffee and tea?
posted by curious nu on Jan 10, 2016 - 11 answers

Books with the same mouthfeel as Steven Universe

I'd like to read some fantasy or science fiction that has the same flavor and feel as Steven Universe. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jan 8, 2016 - 4 answers

Non-Parent Needs Parenting Book Recomendation.

A family member has recently admitted that his parenting style is bad for the kid he's parenting, and that he isn't sure what to do instead. He liked the idea of finding a book with a set of parenting guidelines he could follow. I (a non-parent) would like to help him find one. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Tentacle of Trust on Jan 7, 2016 - 17 answers

What was that book I saw about Not Giving an Eff?

For some reason I can't find the profanely named book I saw in the airport bookstore I saw yesterday - it was about not giving a f-k. [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Jan 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Long shot: What was this dadaist book?

I recall seeing a book about art, dada, and language, but can recall little about it. On one page, the author used several different fonts on several words to express a rhetorical point. It was a paperback, and I am relatively but not completely certain the edition belonged to a classics republishing company like Penguin or Vintage Books.
posted by solarion on Jan 5, 2016 - 4 answers

What's a good book or resource for understanding weather?

This is one of those writer questions. I'd like to develop a good working knowledge of weather and weather patterns that would enable me to... 1) Quickly come up with a plausible climate for a given latitude and geography. 2) Get a good on the ground sense of weather. (The more sensory details, the better). I basically want to be the old person who looks at a cloud and knows it's going to rain, and I want to know the variations in clouds, wind, how the air smells, etc. Like most authors, I want to sound like I know what I'm talking about. I've read through some basic weather and climate textbooks. They do give a general systemic description, but I'd like more narrative detail, if possible.
posted by Alex Haist on Jan 4, 2016 - 12 answers

Identifying children's book where child chooses to be reborn

Can you help me identify this book from my childhood? I think it was a picture book, and there was a part where a spirit was choosing what planet, family, etc. to be reborn into. [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Jan 3, 2016 - 2 answers

Book of Native American Short Stories

My mother is looking for a book of Native American short stories that she thought was titled "Best Indian Stories Ever". (Indian = Native American in this situation). [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Jan 1, 2016 - 1 answer

Need good book on physical world of the Bible that isn't for children

For a project I'm doing, I'd like an illustrated book with lots of information on the physical world of the Bible - particularly animals, plants, and insects. I can look up what's mentioned in the Bible on Wikipedia, but I want more than that. I want to be able to page through an illustrated work (color) - bonus points if there are commentaries from scholars - and to learn a lot about all of the creatures mentioned without having to turn to my computer for complete information. More below. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal on Dec 31, 2015 - 9 answers

Readable non-fiction about the French Revolution

I'm not really sure what I'm looking for, precisely, but a book of not more than 1000 or so pages that will grab me within about 30-50 pages. Non-fiction readable typically means published in the last 50 years or so, though I am flexible on this. Must be available in ebook format.
posted by jeather on Dec 29, 2015 - 16 answers

How to manage my kid's new Kindle

Help me think about the best way to manage my kid's new Kindle that he was gifted for the holidays? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Mayan Murder Mystery... or something like that

Is there historical fiction set in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica? If so, where do I find it? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Dec 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Please help identify this short book

Please help identify this short book (that I can only vaguely describe): The characters were nonhuman—if I recall correctly, they were different shapes and their bodies were comprised of things like springs—and a gas can, maybe?—and other stuff like that. I think they all had one word names that we associate with people (something like Bob). I don't know if I'm remembering any of this correctly, though. They lived on a planet or somewhere where only so many of them could exist, or do a certain thing at the same time, or something like that. There may have been a ring or a circle or something I think there was a society with hierarchy and maybe a king or ruler or something, and it was in upheaval. It was a short book that I read in a sitting. The vague nature of the characters and the world made it a very interesting read, but very hard to google. I also don't remember a lot of specifics to be honest, which makes it even harder. The book may have won an award if I recall. I think it was from the 1970's at the oldest, but I think it may have been from the 1990's. I know this is all very vague, but maybe someone remembers! I really liked it and would like to read it again.
posted by defenestration on Dec 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me ID a book about an old man and his overflowing tub

I'm trying to find a children's book done in very scratchy pen and ink style (with color), about an old man whose bathtub is overflowing with hot water and he keeps getting gloves and scarves and things to wrap around his hands to try to reach in and pull the drain plug. [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Dec 23, 2015 - 3 answers

ISO good book on prostate health

An elderly relative is struggling with a sudden onset of enlarged prostate symptoms. We found him a good urologist. Currently he is wearing a catheter and taking medicine to shrink the prostate. He is terrified of possible surgery and other complications in this future. My relative does not use the internet. He's intelligent and a great reader. To know the facts helps him feel more in control. I'm seeking a book on prostate health and treatment. [more inside]
posted by valannc on Dec 22, 2015 - 4 answers

I'm looking for well-written books with good stories.

The past few years I've gotten my mom books that were recommended on various askme threads that, at this point, are a few years old. I'm looking for books that aren't particularly challenging, but are higher level than mass market airplane reading. Good reads, good yarns. [more inside]
posted by Mavri on Dec 21, 2015 - 24 answers

What's the perfect book to give a friend on the autistic spectrum?

He's in his mid-20s. Lives with his parents. Just started his first part-time job. He likes video games, board games, sports, circuses. He's a bit of foodie. He prides himself on being up for any (small) challenge. His favorite things to read are Wikipedia, IMDB, Ripley's Believe It or Not. [more inside]
posted by bookley on Dec 17, 2015 - 21 answers

Book Recommendation for a Moving Friend

A friend is (probably temporarily) moving to England from the US and I would like to get her a book. Her two favorites are One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Dispossessed. Something that is set in or otherwise features England would be a bonus. Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by mustardayonnaise on Dec 17, 2015 - 22 answers


Why wife strongly recalls having seen an edition of The Princess Bride where all the interruptions from the reader are in red, and the introduction matches the movie with a Peter Faulk type character rather than the one with William Goldman's rambling take of being at the poolside with the starlet and taking phone calls from his wife. Does such an edition exist?i can find no trace of it online.
posted by Artw on Dec 16, 2015 - 14 answers

Historical Monograph Recommendations

Gifted late-adolescent bookworms are devouring my personal history library. Help me keep them fed. (details inside) [more inside]
posted by absalom on Dec 15, 2015 - 21 answers

Books about physics (or related subjects) for middle school age girls?

I'm looking for books that either explain concepts in physics or encourage an interest in physics topics that are likely to be accessible and interesting for ~13 year old girls who are keen on science. What are the contemporary equivalents of "A Brief History of Time" and "Einstein's Dreams" for kids today? Related fields are welcome. [more inside]
posted by eotvos on Dec 3, 2015 - 25 answers

What book is this? Set early 20th century, widow with a BNB.

Can anybody help me find this novel? I don't know the author or title. English language, published in the USA before 2006, probably published before 1960; possibly considered a classic. Description of a scene given below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Taisto on Dec 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Book Suggestions for Casanova/Rabelais/Nabokov Reader

I am looking for book suggestions for my partner. He enjoys the historical and comical nature of Rabelais and Casanova's memoir. He also enjoys the style/ambition of Vladimir Nabokov. [more inside]
posted by kiki_s on Nov 25, 2015 - 19 answers

Picture Book ID question! Girl shrinks, plays in dinner...

When I was very young I would check a picture book out from the library; very vivid memory and can't for the life of me find it! Probably published in the '70s, it was at my public library in California in the mid-'80s. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Nov 25, 2015 - 2 answers

Examples of book-length arguments?

In my last question I asked how to structure long, intricate arguments. Now I'm specifically asking for book-length examples that make the argument explicit. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Nov 17, 2015 - 25 answers

A is for Ahhhnold

This Christmas, I’m making an ABC-book for my very first, brand new (6 mo) niece. Her parents (and my family) are big Arnold Schwarzenegger fans. We especially love Terminator, T2, Predator, Kindergarten Cop and Total Recall. I need help with some ABC Arnold-related quotes. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Nov 8, 2015 - 25 answers

Looking for a good picture book showing the biodiversity of the Earth

I'm looking for a giant book of life on earth for a kid. A book with real pictures (not drawings) that highlights the biodiversity of the earth. A book with 400+ pages that would have pictures of things like the dragon blood tree, the jewel caterpillar, the banyan tree, the cashew tree, the iridescent sky blue Hoplia coerulea. Not just pigs, zebras, and lions. And not anything framed as "weird!" If there was an updated version of the Illustrated Wildlife Treasury Cards, that would be fantastic and ideal. But I don't see such a thing, so a book will have to do. Any suggestions?
posted by cashman on Nov 7, 2015 - 2 answers

50s movie from a book?

I was listening to Kirsten Dunst on the Nerdist podcast and she said that she was writing a screenplay based on a book set in the 50s. Hardwick was pressing her for the details and she was like "I can't say yet, but let's say it's based on a book most women have read." What is it? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Nov 7, 2015 - 40 answers

Mysterious Package that I didn't order - what do?

I received a package today sent via Media Mail in USPS. Inside contained only a book on cannibalism in Africa. This is totally creepy. I have no idea why this was sent to me. What now? Can I find out more information about the sender? [more inside]
posted by Karaage on Nov 5, 2015 - 17 answers

Book title: history of Toronto live music clubs in the rock era

Maybe a decade ago I read a book on the history of live music venues in Toronto from the 1950s to maybe the eighties or nineties. I am maybe 80% sure that title was borrowed from a song title, but every one that comes to mind (e.g "Heart of Gold") is something other than this. Anyone know the book? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Nov 5, 2015 - 9 answers

BookFilter: Expert Mode

A long-shot find-me-this-book question, academic edition! A friend has mislaid the title of a book he needs on Mexican popular religion. Do you know the book, or where else on the Internet might be a good place to ask? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Nov 5, 2015 - 2 answers

help me pick book & movie gifts for teenage zimbabwean girls

In 10 days I'm going to visit a friend in Harare who is a foster mother to seven girls between the ages of 11 and 16. They all live on a farm in the suburbs and watch movies, play cards, sometimes read books in the evening. What are some enriching and inspiring books and movies for teenage girls to read and watch that I can bring for them? [more inside]
posted by zingiberene on Oct 19, 2015 - 10 answers

Please help identify this book!

It was a children's picture book from the 1970s about a girl's day at the beach. Here's what I remember about it... The author is female, and the illustrations were watercolour. The story is told from the first person perspective, and its simply a girl having fun all by herself at the beach. When it starts to rain, she's already wet so she doesn't mind. Eventually she makes it back to her cottage (or maybe her home), and her mom wraps her up and makes her cocoa. The girl observes that it's a strange thing to have cocoa in August. [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Oct 17, 2015 - 6 answers

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