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Looking for South African novel

South African novel? A Boer seduces a black girl, they have sex in his Mercedes Benz. The book deals with the seduction that comes before, and the problems afterwards. The white guy is NOT cast as a villain. My friend read this book in the 70s and is looking for it. Thanks!
posted by Tom-B on Jul 17, 2012 - 10 answers

copin' with readin'

Looking for any decent non-fiction books, in English, about Copenhagen. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 answers

What is this sci-Fi book that disturbed me as a child?

What is this horrible book about chimps that scarred me as a child? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Jul 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Who wrote the old book of poems for kids, "It May Be So, It May Be Not"?

I've got another "what was that thing from my childhood?" sort of question, and I've combed through Google and Amazon and Abebooks to no avail. A book of short quirky poems for children, probably illustrated. Mid 1970s. Very likely published by Scribners, we had tons of their hardcover books from an uncle who worked there (now deceased, so I can't ask him.) I thought the title was "It May Be So, It May Be Not", which was also the title of a poem in the book that went, either partially or entirely... [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Jul 14, 2012 - 3 answers

GAME OF THRONES is a gateway drug

Requesting intelligent, well-written "realistic" epic fantasy book suggestions. Having George R.R. Martin withdrawals. Need more severed heads & engaging dialogue and relatable bleakness, less "you're the one," stilted conversations and Randomly capitalized Words. [more inside]
posted by apostrophe on Jul 10, 2012 - 57 answers

Looking for an old science fiction book

I am looking for a book. It's apparently about a boy who falls through a door / portal and travels through time - maybe forwards, maybe backwards - to Wales. It probably has a female author. Any help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Neale on Jul 7, 2012 - 23 answers

Here's another book question for you!

Please help me identify this book! [more inside]
posted by msali on Jul 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Help Feed My Reading Elephant's Kindle

Can you recommend something to read from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library? I have trawled through there for ages this month and last month and I'm having trouble finding something good that I haven't read before. [more inside]
posted by dragonplayer on Jul 5, 2012 - 18 answers

Botulism and a future-showing TV

Young adult book about a future-seeing TV and a botulism scare. [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Jul 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Books you have to meet in person?

What are some books you have to meet in person? Books an e-reader cannot do justice? [more inside]
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars on Jul 2, 2012 - 31 answers

How can I teach myself feng shui? Any books worth recommending?

How can I teach myself feng shui? Any books worth recommending? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Jun 30, 2012 - 3 answers

"To scree" or not "to scree" - that is the question

[Asking for a friend]: There is some sci-fi book I read at some point which I think was famous enough to be known by lots of folks in which the term "to scree" or "to skry" (or something very similar) was used to see the contents of people's minds (?) or the future (?). Help. Whats the actual term? And, what is the book and or series and or author?
posted by googly on Jun 28, 2012 - 27 answers

Open-source thesis design?

Where can I find dissertations with excellent design? I would like to directly copy someone's LaTeX formatting for a hard-science thesis. [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Jun 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Kid with watch, saves day. Story at 11.

Merlin amazed by a digital watch! Help me remember a book I read as a kid! Normal guy gets zapped to fantasy other world/past. [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX on Jun 26, 2012 - 18 answers

An age yet to come, an age no one gave a shit about

I want to skip the 10th book of the Wheel of Time series. Help me do so [more inside]
posted by MangyCarface on Jun 25, 2012 - 14 answers

If only literary inference was axiomatic...

How do I get better at reading literature? Looking for books, lectures, and your perspective. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Jun 25, 2012 - 23 answers

A boy, a book, a candle.

Really vague teenage book memory involving a gold room, a candle, and meditation power? Did I hallucinate this book? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jun 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Father's Day, help me deliver the goods...

Father's Day Help Request: Name the book that meets the following, slightly circumspect, critera: Russian author (potentially female), very popular in the 1950s and 1960s (may also have been first published then), acted as a good example/expose/lesson in conservatism and liberalism? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jun 17, 2012 - 5 answers

What's this book?

What's this YA/children's book? A boy mysteriously arrives on earth somewhere like Tennesee or West Virginia. He can run fast and jump very far, heals quickly, gets along with animals and has no concept of violence, wars, etc. He's taken in by a family who also has children. Over time, they grow to love him and help him, while some neighbors are afraid of him and grow more and more violent. At the end of the book, his people are dancing in the hills/woods near a portal? and the boy invites the family that has taken care of him to return to his world with them. A few more details are after the jump. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Jun 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes

Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Books on Non-Violent Conflict Resolution?

Books on non-violent conflict resolution? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jun 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find the common thread...

I want to read more nonfiction. About anything, really. I'm having trouble capturing the way to describe the kind of nonfiction I want to find. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on May 30, 2012 - 30 answers

Another question about books.

YA fiction books NOT written from a female's 1st person perspective (POV)? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on May 29, 2012 - 38 answers

Aquatic subterranean polar bear

I read an odd (and very stupid) novel around 1997. Please verify that this book exists and wasn't a product of my young addled mind. [more inside]
posted by arha on May 26, 2012 - 7 answers

I'm looking for the Peter Hessler of the TCK world.

I am looking for memoirs written by Americans who grew up overseas. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on May 21, 2012 - 11 answers

What diet book would best fit my need?

What diet book would you recommend that includes low cost, pre-made meal plans with shopping lists included? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on May 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Bookfort self-destruct will commence in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ...

I have a large number of books that I want to donate to a library or sell. I want to give my friends and family first pick at anything they want (my primary aim is to quickly reclaim the physical space used up by the books). I need a workflow that will allow me to scan the books' UPCs, etc. with my iPhone 4's camera and end up with an email-able spreadsheet pre-populated with ISBN/Title/Author. Columns for genre, edition and/or year, and short blurbs would also be welcome. I have a PC laptop with the MS Office suite in addition to the iPhone. What are my options? Thanks, hivemind!
posted by Inspector.Gadget on May 20, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I propose to my girlfriend with a children's book when I am a terrible artist?

How would I get semi-professional digital artwork done on a personal income? [more inside]
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre on May 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me find a well-researched book on the organic food movement

Looking for a thoughtfully-researched book about organic food and/or breast cancer as a Mother's Day gift [more inside]
posted by alygator on May 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find this urban public spaces book.

Help me find this urban public spaces book. [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan on May 7, 2012 - 10 answers

"You find yourself in a dingy office, wondering about books from your youth. Do you ask the internet?..."

NameThatKid'sBookFilter, Take 20,896: trying to recall the name of an unusually funny choose-your-own-adventure-type book I read back in the proverbial day. Here's all the info I can recall: [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on May 4, 2012 - 2 answers

A week's worth of reading in one suitcase

Help me optimize my vacation reading! I’m headed out to the Outer Banks next month, and there’s nothing on the agenda but reading and relaxing. I’m having trouble coming up with a week’s worth of new reading material that won’t take up significant space in our truck, though. Can you recommend me lengthy or dense books--in other words, books that will give me maximum entertainment minutes per page--that are still fun vacation reading? [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass on May 4, 2012 - 34 answers

money is awesome but getting sued is less awesome

I got ahold of an Advanced Reader's Copy of a book that is not out yet. It is made by a famous actor (and it looks really, really bad). It has special wrapping related to said author and a "note" from the author (copied, in his handwriting, or at least it's supposed to be in his handwriting). Would it be illegal for me to sell it? Would it be immoral for me to sell it? Could I actually make a big pile of money by selling it? [more inside]
posted by Harry Potter and the Puppet of Sock on May 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Need help for an aspiring screenwriter.

What's the best how-to book for an aspiring screenwriter? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on May 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Triangle-shaped literary magazine?

I am looking for any information about a triangle-shaped literary magazine that was published in Northampton, MA in the 1980s. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher on May 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Do I rat him out?

Would it be unprofessional to tell my editor that it is my co-author's fault that our book manuscript is (once again) going to miss it's delivery deadline? Or is the right thing to do to keep telling her that "we" aren't ready? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 29, 2012 - 22 answers

How can I get a best selling book(s) published?

Please bear with my premise. I have conceived & rough-edited an original series of art books that I am certain will become extremely popular. They are unique but mainstream; smart but immediate, they have universal appeal, and their content is hard to copy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I promote the final few days of my Kickstarter project?

What are some specific ways that I can promote a soon-to-expire Kickstarter project? I've heard that projects sometimes gain momentum from that "act now!" boost, but how do I tap into that segment of the funding crowd? [more inside]
posted by apollo on Apr 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Sometimes a drawing of a pipe is just a drawing

Do you know or can you find any scholarly articles about analysing adults' drawings that do not relate to health? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Apr 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Books in/about Philippines

Please recommend some non-fiction books about Philippines, and fiction set in Philippines. [more inside]
posted by vidur on Apr 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Central America history book-filter

If I could read just one history of Central America, what would it be? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Apr 17, 2012 - 9 answers

"Beset by an aching but chaotic love that refused to focus in the conventional way."

Book recommendations please! I need fiction about difficult or complicated relationships. [more inside]
posted by gursky on Apr 17, 2012 - 38 answers

Seeking help in finding a book about the lurid lives of Hollywood's biggest stars.

When I was about 15, I remember coming across a book in a now defunct Borders that was pretty interesting. The whole premise was that it featured stories about Hollywood stars and their various sexual liaisons, their sexual quirks, and even the ages at which they lost their virginity. For example, In one of the pages on the actor Dustin Hoffman it recounted the story of the actor tricking his brother's girlfriend into having sex with him and thereby relieving him of his virginity. In another article on Clark Gable, it was revealed that he suffered from smegma and that his wife once quipped that an "inch less and he'd be the queen of Hollywood." Anyway, does anybody where I can find this book. The only title I seem to remember for it--and I am not sure if it's even correct or not--was something like "Did He or Didn't He: Stories of Hollywood's Most Notorious Sex Secrets"
posted by lackadaisical on Apr 16, 2012 - 8 answers

White Book / Black Book / Gray Book

White Version / Black Version: I read a book in the early 1990s that I picked up at a foreign bookstore in Japan... [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Apr 13, 2012 - 4 answers

What's the opposite of "Wish List"?

So I read Helter Skelter and now I can't sleep. What other books should I avoid reading? [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Apr 9, 2012 - 47 answers

Help me get to know a Pharaoh

This podcast episode has kindled new interest for me in the life and times of Ramesses (or Ramses) II. What's the best single book to read for an engaging and informative portrait of the man and his kingship?
posted by Vectorcon Systems on Apr 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Books that will eat up a boring eight hour shift

I have an extremely boring, third shift job, so I'm looking for some book recommendations: fun, exciting, fluffy, silly, funny books - any sort of light reading that will make my excessive downtime at work pass quickly. [more inside]
posted by madelf on Apr 5, 2012 - 33 answers

One of many.

Looking for a very specific dragon picture book I cannot recall; of the sort where species are listed like a field guide. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by solarion on Apr 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Where to print a tiny book?

Where can I get a hard-cover photo book printed in a small size - say 4" x 4"? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Apr 2, 2012 - 7 answers

What was this scary book about kittens?

Sorry but I have a sort of weird name-this-kids'-book question: Two kittens are trying to protect each other. I remember a couple of disjointed scenes and some dark themes of self-sacrifice, bravery, and loss. Please tell me I didn't imagine this. [more inside]
posted by beandip on Mar 28, 2012 - 5 answers

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