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 -
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 -
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 -
I'm trying to remember the name of a book I had when I was a kid. It's a collection of humorous stories about a family in turn-of-the-century-ish England or possibly East Coast USA. I always get the title confused with "The Pickwick Papers" so it must be similar to that. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal
on Mar 28, 2012 -
Trying to remember the name of a TV series program that I watched in the late 1980s that in one episode on digital information predicted the rise of the electronic book. There was a male host who led the show, which was an examination of new technologies. In the particular episode I am looking for, he recounted an idea that books in the future would be distributed from something like an ATM machine where you would insert a card onto which the book would be downloaded. If it helps, I remember he stood at some kind of podium during the broadcasts that had like an acrylic/lucite egg-shaped glowing top--random detail, but these are often what jog people's memory.
posted by cmp4Meta
on Mar 27, 2012 -
Do the strategies in "Why Men Love Bitches" really work? I'm almost at my wits end in the dating scene. I'm not clingy or anything of that sort but I could use a little help in self-preservation. Is there a proper way to use the tactics in the book w/o too much manipulation?
posted by InterestedInKnowing
on Mar 27, 2012 -
I'm trying to find an old comedy book where the protagonist had to spend a large sum of money in a limited period of time. Somehow things always went wrong and the protagonist found himself with more and more money. Another character was following the protagonist to make sure he was spending the large sum. [more inside]
posted by dfreire
on Mar 24, 2012 -
I am building a collection of books to teach the history of fine art book making, and I would like to find copies of the Torah, Bible, and Quran that are visually pleasing. Do you recommend any specific editions? Unfortunately, my total budget for a starter collection is only $500, so I would especially value suggestions that are modest in price. At the minimum I would like to show my students a range of calligraphy, typesetting, and illumination, but I suspect that I can find some really interesting editions that do much more. All suggestions are welcome.
posted by mortaddams
on Mar 22, 2012 -
I'm looking for a book or story I read about a Jewish baby who is thrown from a crowded train on its way to a concentration camp during the Holocaust. The baby was sick, and some passengers thought he/she had died.
When his mother fell asleep, they threw the baby from the train.
I think the book mainly focused on what happened to the baby after it was found near the train tracks, but I mainly remember the child's mother.
After losing her baby, she took to standing in her closet, trying to recreate the feeling of being on that crowded train with her child. [more inside]
posted by last_fall
on Mar 21, 2012 -
I'm looking for a book I read as a pre-teen. It's been years since I read it and I can't recall the name of the writer, or the title of the work. I recall a little of the plot, but not much.
As far as I recall, it was about a girl living in a small town in the east coast who falls into a pit, or cave, something like that, and is saved by a man made of earth and stone. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist
on Mar 21, 2012 -
Children's novel: Protagonist is the son of deceased missionaries, retaining only a comforter and a photograph. He lives with an aunt and uncle, and the plot concerns his reintegration into non-missionary society. Setting is an island in New England, and there are scenes of driving on the ice in the winter to get to the mainland. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker
on Mar 20, 2012 -
I need to take an already-printed book and scan it into a format appropriate for e-book publishing on say the Amazon Kindle store and similar. I do not have the original book proofs in digital format. If I simply took the book to Kinko's and had it scanned as images or a PDF, would that be likely to work well or is there a better option? What resolution and format would be best?
posted by shivohum
on Mar 20, 2012 -
Please help me find the critical thinking textbook my grade-school class used in the early eighties. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic
on Mar 11, 2012 -
I'm trying to recall a book I read in college about The Method, as in Stanislavski. I'm pretty certain it's not "An Actor Prepares", but I could be wrong. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith
on Mar 6, 2012 -
I'm trying to figure out the title of a book that describes one's personality, taking into account one's moon sign, rising sign, and Chinese zodiac sign. My boyfriend remembers this book from years ago... [more inside]
posted by Clotilde
on Mar 3, 2012 -
I'm looking for a book that examines the global potential of a United States of Europe in terms of economic prosperity, military power and political influence. I’m not interested in the likelihood of a US of Europe being created, but how well an integrated federation of European States could compete with the USA and the upcoming BRICS on the world stage. I hope it would also look at the threats to Europe if it remains fragmented.
posted by guy72277
on Mar 1, 2012 -
BookFilter: Book which I'm pretty sure was about sleep and wakefulness at different times of the day; what's the name? [more inside]
posted by epersonae
on Feb 22, 2012 -
I am reading a couple of books concerning Jungian psychology. They slip in a lot of quotes with Latin. Is there a go to website for Latin phrases or translation that is workable on an iPhone? Is there a good app for this?
posted by kanata
on Feb 21, 2012 -
I would like help in finding a book mentioned in passing during one of my lesbian literature in English classes in undergrad. This was ages ago in the early 90s. The woman fell in love with a diner.
posted by MidSouthern Mouth
on Feb 13, 2012 -
Help us identify an illustrated children's book involving people on a ship, the invention of pretzels, and piranhas - probably from the late 70s or early 80s. [more inside]
posted by lunasol
on Feb 10, 2012 -
Excellent Action Scenes In Books? I'm looking for examples of tense, fast paced action sequences in novels and short stories. The written equivalent to the cinematic on-the-edge-of-your-seat-oh-crap-the-person-may-die-how-will-they-escape thing. Bonus if the situation is complex yet reads like a clear, clockwork machine. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Feb 8, 2012 -
Looking for a very specific book of yoga positions for children - it was simply written and the illustrations were black ink line drawings on white paper, usually of young people and adults doing introductory yoga positions.
My mother used the book with my brother and myself regularly in the 1970s, but looking through the various kids' yoga books on Amazon now I'm not finding it. Anyone who grew up in the same era, or who raised kids in the same era, find this familiar?
posted by luriete
on Feb 7, 2012 -
I've been doing some research for my boss for a fully customizable logging system to be used by a set of front desk clerks at several motels. Thus far Sharepoint and CMSes like Django are what I am coming up with but I thought I would ask the hivemind for ideas. Lots of details are inside. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God
on Feb 5, 2012 -
I'm looking for the name of this book. This is from my stepson (he's in his late teens) who read it in middle school. He remembers the plot but not the particulars. [more inside]
posted by artlung
on Feb 3, 2012 -
Can anyone help my 8 year old daughter remember a particular children's book that made an impression on her?
I don't have much to go on, but the story seems to revolve around a boy (and possibly a dog) who live in a village(?) at a time when bombing is happening (suggesting WWII?). The boy spends a lot of time watching trains (skipping school to do so) and dreams of going to his grandmother's house until he eventually runs away on one after some problems at home (possibly involving the police).
While on the train he meets a family *on the top*(?) of the train and befriends a girl who is like a servant/slave to the family.
She thinks she read it in the last year or so and I guess it would be appropriate for her age.
Any ideas what the book might be?
Thanks in advance!
(note that I suspect the book is by a British author)
posted by oclipa
on Jan 28, 2012 -
I'd like to send a coffee-table photography book of the U.S. with my son as a gift to his student-exchange host family. My Amazon-fu is failing me! [more inside]
posted by drlith
on Jan 26, 2012 -
Looking for a childrens book where objects and things are drawn small and precise. Almost like Goldbug or Waldo. From the 80s. Possible features: Things are categorized, there's drawing instruction, it's for boys, in a series.
posted by Jason and Laszlo
on Jan 25, 2012 -
A familiar story: I read a young adult novel when I was a kid. I can't remember the title or most of the plot, but I remember enough details that it drives me CRAZY. [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue
on Jan 24, 2012 -
I've been trying to convince my anxiety-afflicted Mom to get therapy for ages. She finally said that if I were to buy her a book, she would promise to read it, and perhaps that would lead to finally giving therapy a shot. She's pushing 70 and has to deal with a new addition to the family who is aggressive and toxic, so I think its urgent for her to get a better handle on her mental state. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird
on Jan 22, 2012 -
Book-filter: Used to have a list of quotes by someone named "Weinberg". Predates Gerald Weinberg but many of he quotes were computer-related and from the '60s! Who is Weinberg? [more inside]
posted by Man with Lantern
on Jan 20, 2012 -
For those that keep a journal/diary/sketch book: When you start a new book, how do you continue to track and use the good ideas and projects in your old books that you'd like to pursue? [more inside]
posted by ooklah
on Jan 16, 2012 -
We are a group of mid-20s to mid-30s life-science phd students that have started a book club. Our first book was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and was a great fit for us. Please recommend others that you think might appeal to such a group. Thanks!
posted by sickinthehead
on Jan 12, 2012 -
Does anyone know verses from the book of Mormon concerning the problem of evil/suffering? [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77
on Jan 12, 2012 -