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]
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!
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]
Looking for best intuitive introduction to macroeconomics. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
What should I know about running an online book club? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Looking for a creative thinking workbook from my childhood. The one line I remember clearly: "Which is Louder, Yellow or Black?" [more inside]
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]
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?
What's a good, straightforward book that will teach me how to fish in various environments and for different fish? [more inside]
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]
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).
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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?
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.
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]
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]
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]