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What in the world did I read?

The new EL James thread jogged my memory about a bad book I read several years ago. It was a historical fiction novel with a title like "Through an Amber Spyglass: 1651", except that wasn't the phrase or the year. Help me find this NSFW trainwreck of a book! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jun 18, 2015 - 3 answers

A story I want to read again.

I want to re-read a story or a book (or maybe even a graphic novel) I've read before, but all I can remember about it is a single line, spoken during a crisis by a character that (I think) is supposed to be more intelligent than those around them: "I'm dry of ideas." I thought the line was from one of the Douglas Adams books, but if it is, Google is proving unhelpful. Thanks!
posted by Mooski on Jun 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Congratulations! Your INFANT evolved into TODDLER!

I've read several baby books that provide a comprehensive overview of the first year of an infant's life: development, basic care, etc. Can you recommend a book that covers the toddler years in a similar way? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jun 10, 2015 - 10 answers

Macroeconomics book recommendation

Looking for best intuitive introduction to macroeconomics. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on May 29, 2015 - 8 answers

How do authors obtain permission and hi-res images of illustrations?

My dad and I are submitting a manuscript for a book on Old West history. We need not just to obtain permission to use 25 historical images but to obtain versions of the pictures that are high enough quality for print. Can any publishing experts or authors share tips on how best to undertake this task? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on May 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Looking for an illustration of a house with a river in it

I'm looking for an illustration from a children's book that's probably American (at least in English) and probably from the 1980s. The illustration was of a fanciful one-story house that had water integrated into it, like a canal or a lazy river running through the house. [more inside]
posted by shirobara on May 26, 2015 - 2 answers

Re-homing Bridge Books, as in the card game/duplicate bridge

My Dad is heading to hospice, and one of his passions while I was a child is bridge. He amassed a library of books - 15 linear feet or so - for this card game beginning in 70's-80's, with a few more recent titles. (Details below) [more inside]
posted by childofTethys on May 22, 2015 - 9 answers

So, we're having a baby

It's too early to share with parents, friends, and colleagues, but just the right time to open up to a bunch of internet strangers. Mrs. BJW and I are 9 weeks pregnant. (YAY!!) I would like to ask the hive for help finding 2 things: First, a website that I saw referenced here but can no longer find. Second, the current best "What to Expect" book out there. [more inside]
posted by bluejayway on May 22, 2015 - 24 answers

Book Suggestion for 16-year-old Manga, GoT-loving Girl

Need a book rec for a sixteen year old girl who reads manga and Game of Thrones, loves Miyazaki movies and Japanese culture. Extra context inside. [more inside]
posted by Locative on May 20, 2015 - 37 answers

Post-Apocalyptic Sci Fi for My Hurt Guy

I am looking for post-apocalyptic sci fi books for my husband. He is currently convalescing from a back injury, and when Husband is bored, Wife suffers. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on May 17, 2015 - 55 answers

Publishing/Self-Publishing a kids storybook - where to start?

A friend and I are planning to put together a children's book. Where do we start with finding a way to put it out? [more inside]
posted by greenish on May 13, 2015 - 2 answers

How to deal with a diva? This is really freaking me out...

A few years ago I interviewed a locally-based but internationally-known folk musician about her life and work. Her stories were great and I thought she should write a memoir, but she said he didn't have the time. So I volunteered to help. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on May 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Crime novels like The City and the City

I think China Mieville's The City and the City does a great job of taking a familiar detective/murder mystery premise and twisting in a very unfamiliar conceptual or sci-fi way. What are other books or short stories that do the same -- tell a familiar crime story but with a big genre/conceptual twist?
posted by lewedswiver on May 11, 2015 - 32 answers

Lazyweb: Greatest *consistent* scifi/fantasy series novels?

What are the best scifi and/or fantasy book series that are consistently great from novel to novel? For my purposes this would be a series of at least three books, and probably no more than... six? ish? (I might be cutting it short; this is a general estimate of about how long my interest tends to remain keen. Not a dealbreaker if a bit more). I'm looking for the sorts of books that really draw you into the fictional world and have a lot of character building, with few or no "weak links" from book to book. [more inside]
posted by taz on May 9, 2015 - 46 answers

Running a Book Club

What should I know about running an online book club? [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder on May 4, 2015 - 2 answers

Alaska children's book

Trying to remember two separate Alaska kids' books I used to read all the time that have somehow gotten lost over the years. [more inside]
posted by huckit on Apr 28, 2015 - 4 answers

More writing like what's on Wait But Why

I really enjoy the irreverent yet insightful way deep philosophical issues are explored on Wait But Why. Any other sites or books I should check out? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Books to explain depression?

I want my family and friends to better understand what I'm going through when I'm depressed and/or anxious. Are there good books (fiction or nonfiction) that explain what being clinically depressed is like? [more inside]
posted by Political Funny Man on Apr 10, 2015 - 16 answers

Bookfilter: Which is louder?

Looking for a creative thinking workbook from my childhood. The one line I remember clearly: "Which is Louder, Yellow or Black?" [more inside]
posted by polymath on Apr 10, 2015 - 5 answers

BookFilter: Half-remembered mid-century European chick-lit

I'm looking for a book I read as a child in the 1980s. It was about a young married woman who moved to a mountain village with her husband who has had health problems, and their struggle to be happy in a new setting. It was set in a European country and was likely to be originally written in the language native to that country, as it seemed to be a translation into English. Unfortunately that's about all I've got... [more inside]
posted by indienial on Apr 5, 2015 - 1 answer

What teen book has this plot?

for the life of me i can't remember! the main character's uncle took her on a tour of a house and told her that her favorite author had lived there. Then after the tour was over, he told her he was mistaken - the author hadn't lived there after all. He did this on purpose, to teach her some kind of lesson, and he had a name for the phenomenon of the let down of learning that something you saw in a certain way wasn't really that way at all. help?
posted by megan_magnolia on Apr 3, 2015 - 1 answer


What's a good, straightforward book that will teach me how to fish in various environments and for different fish? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Mar 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Name That Book: Sci-fi - shoots arrows to build faraday cage

I'm struggling to remember the name of a book I read from a school library around 1995. I remember very little other than towards the end of the story the hero was fighting some sort of machine or robot. He used a bow to fire wires/cables over the top of the robot. With each cable the robot became less powerful as he believed he was building a faraday cage which was weakening it's powers. However, it was a ploy and the robot was feigning weakness. [more inside]
posted by Simon_ on Mar 30, 2015 - 0 answers

What book next?

I loved A Song of Ice and Fire, The Kingkiller Chronicle and the Stormlight Archive. I'm in book 2 of the Mistborn series and it's enjoyable but not as good as the previous. Where should I go next? Needs to be on Audible (I have a 2 hr commute every day).
posted by no bueno on Mar 28, 2015 - 21 answers

Please recommend a book/article by a woman about workplace sexism.

A friend has been given an opening by a leader in a large, conservative organization to help him understand women's experiences of sexism in the workplace. Is there a book or article by a woman talking about her experiences you would recommend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2015 - 16 answers

Novels with dead bodies shown on the cover, available on Amazon.

Please help me resolve an argument about what Amazon will and will not sell. Party A claims that Amazon will not sell any book with corpses shown on the cover art. Party B despairs of the work involved in a late change to their book's cover. My gut feeling is that this is a ludicrous exaggeration of their actual policy and that there should be plenty of blatant counterexamples, but it's not an easy thing to search for. That's where askmefi comes in. [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Mar 26, 2015 - 13 answers

what were these two free online books?

I've been trying for years to figure out what either of these two books were that I read online, probably between 1998-2004. Unrelated sources. One was aimed at kids and found through Bonus.com (kids activities portal, mostly to flash games, where things were hosted independently) and one was original fiction, I think unfinished, about virtual reality, which may have been linked to from Ultima Online fansites. More scraps of details inside. [more inside]
posted by C. K. Dexter Haven on Mar 24, 2015 - 0 answers

Repressed memories?

I've seen the recommendation on here for The Drama of the Gifted Child many times. I bought it last night and was reading thru it and it seemed ok until I started seeing a lot of talk about repressed memories. Wasn't that all debunked? I'm questioning the validity of anything else the author says. This is just not the book I expected based on the numerous and repeated mentions of it here on the green. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Mar 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Why we don't take our pills - finding a behavioural change video

I have tipped Google upside down and shaken it but can't find this YouTube clip/book/name of relevant professor. I think I found the first mention of his academic work (with a female co-author) on behavioural change/competing priorities in an Ask answer. He discussed interviewing stroke (?) patients who were prescribed daily medication and how he unexpectedly found the underlying reasons they wouldn't take their pills. More details under the cut: [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband on Mar 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell

What is the equivalent of Halberstam's The Children for the American feminist movement of the late 60's and early 70's? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Mar 16, 2015 - 5 answers

I basically want clothing slash library

I'm looking for a decent three season men's warm up jacket with a large inside pocket that can fit a decent sized book (two paperbacks or a larger hardcover). Does anyone make this? I carry a book with me everywhere and I don't always want to carry a bag, but many lighter jackets don't have pockets big enough. Can I find this anywhere?
posted by history is a weapon on Mar 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Two days in Boston - what should I do?

I will be in Boston next Saturday and Sunday. I would like to eat delicious mid-priced food, visit bookstores and museums, see beautiful local features and possibly shop for accessories. I would also like to ride the T, because I love the T, at least when it's running. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Mar 9, 2015 - 27 answers

Name this book about different cultures

A few years ago, I saw a book in a second-hand bookshop that described life in different societies/cultures, with an entry per society. It was a paperback that was probably published in the '70s or '80s. I think the name was something like 'Mankind/man/people on earth', but it wasn't the National Geographic Book of Peoples of the World. I think it was also recommended in response to a previous question here on Ask MeFi, but I can't find it by searching.
posted by James Scott-Brown on Mar 3, 2015 - 6 answers

Which service should I use to put together a photo album for my wife?

My wife's 40th birthday is coming up and I'd like to put together a book of photos accompanied by text. Which website/app/service would be good to use? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Mar 3, 2015 - 21 answers

Trying to ID this SF book/story

Please help me figure out what science fiction story this is. Here's what I believe I remember correctly (but we all know how fallible/inaccurate memory is): [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves on Mar 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Film rights for different works on the same subject

Does each individual nonfiction work (books, documentaries, etc) on the same topic (a particular event, for example, or a historical life story) have its own separate set of film rights to be bought? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Feb 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Quoting from an uncorrected proof

I'm writing a review of an as-yet-to-be-released novel and I'm not quite sure what my responsibilities are. There are a couple of small complications. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Feb 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Sci-Fi book where people switch their sex each year until 18?

Help me find a book where the characters switch between boy and girl each year and must decide as an adult which sex/gender they'll remain for the rest of their lives. [more inside]
posted by threesquare on Feb 20, 2015 - 3 answers

YA Novel set in the UK

I'm looking for a YA novel set in the UK centered around a group of girlfriends. Two of the girlfriends realize that they are attracted to one another, one of whom (I think), is pregnant. There is a scene where one of them plays the cello in the nude. Searching for this with what I remember brings up some (expected, I suppose) racy results when all I really want to do is find this book! Any idea?
posted by CMcG on Feb 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Books like Lord of the Flies and A Clockwork Orange... but less violent?

I'm trying to figure out what book(s) to send a young adult who is currently stuck in a psych facility for 2-3 months. I know they like Lord of the Flies and A Clockwork Orange, but they can't accept books that involve drug use or have too much violence. From what I'm being told, they'll read pretty much anything, but I want to make sure what I send them is not only appropriate but something they'll actually like. [more inside]
posted by Sarin Bellum on Feb 16, 2015 - 21 answers

Do academic presses publish books by job market dropouts?

I'm quitting academia after years of trying to get a tenure-track job in the humanities. My post-doc runs out in September. Should I finish the book manuscript based on my dissertation, or junk it and move on immediately? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Feb 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Multi-language books

I'm putting together a book that contains text in all the United Nations languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. I've had each text proofread individually, but now I'm sitting wondering. How can I make sure I haven't missed something blindingly obvious in the formatting or layout of the entire book? [more inside]
posted by ntk on Feb 13, 2015 - 2 answers

What would you expect to see in a book like this?

Currently designing a photo-book about a line of Oriental scents. What kind of world do you expect to be immersed in? Are there any other photo-books which were successful in luring you in to their world?
posted by omar.a on Jan 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Help finding a book

My father recently passed, and I'd like to locate a copy of a book he loved and sent copies to me and my brothers. [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Jan 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Great Trivia Books for a Teenager

A young woman (14 years old) of my acquaintance absolutely loves those "fun fact of the day" trivia phone apps. Now I'm looking for some books I could recommend to her chock full of fun facts, and explanations of the background of those facts, that would be age- and knowledge-level-appropriate. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Jan 18, 2015 - 18 answers

Help me find a particular book on statistics.

Years ago I came across an introductory book on statistics that introduced the topic by means of a metaphor of a pile of sand (possibly dirt) dropped off in a front yard. As I recall, the author drew the parallel that statistics was the effort to describe the shape and size of the pile of sand. This is all that I can remember of the book (other than my wish that I'd bought it). Does this decription ring any bells?
posted by jperkins on Jan 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Non-spoiler guide to classic books

Hi folks -- I'm getting ready to read Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Was wondering if there's a site that serves as a guide to classic books -- one that gives the reader some background on the book without giving away the plot. Couldn't find anything on Google although did not do an extensive search.
posted by gilast on Jan 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Acquiring the rights to out-of-print books in the US.

I'd like to try acquire the rights to material from a few related out-of-print nonfiction books published in the US during the 1920s and 30s, in order to create interactive electronic media from the material. (Initially a website, possibly an offline phone app. in the future.) This is almost certainly not fair use, and copyrights have been renewed for most of the texts. I'm hoping for a sanity check and some pointers from someone who knows more about book rights than me. [more inside]
posted by eotvos on Jan 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Name that book: Orphan with a birthmark, evil aunt

Do you remember the book my mother read a decade or two ago? It was a romance and/or mystery featuring an orphan with a birthmark on her face, raised by her uncle (who turns out to be her father) and her controlling aunt (who turns out to have murdered her parents, and later her boyfriend and others with poisoned tea) as she investigates her own past. My mother probably checked it out from the public library in the mid-to-late nineties, but on the outside edge, could have been between 1990 and 2004. [more inside]
posted by yuwtze on Dec 29, 2014 - 2 answers

dirty town kitty children's book?

For years I have been looking for information about a children's book about a mother cat and her kitten and a (coal?) town where it was so dirty that no cat would stay there, despite the wishes of the inhabitants. The mother cat has to make a trip and isn't sure she can leave her kitten in the dirty town, but someone comes out of a building (maybe, where all the residents have chosen names they'd give a kitten if they could have one?), and (maybe beats a pot with a spoon? and) calls out all the cat names one after another in hopes of calling the kitten. Mother cat is convinced and leaves kitten. [more inside]
posted by diodotos on Dec 21, 2014 - 3 answers

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