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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

Book ID: Not the Pickwick Papers

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 - 6 answers

tv program predicted rise of electronic books in 1980s

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 - 4 answers

Can this be done?

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 - 31 answers

Trying to find a (french?) old comedy book

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 - 5 answers

Suggestions for fine art Torah, Bible, and Quran editions?

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 - 12 answers

I can't get this lady standing in her closet out of my head!

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 - 2 answers

Looking for a book, can't recall the title or author.

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 - 6 answers

Art Appreciation

I have a limited edition graphic novel by a well-known artist which is apparently very valuable suddenly. What next? [more inside]
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth on Mar 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Children's-Book-Filter: Dead missionary parents, New England island, driving on ice

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 - 0 answers

Best way to scan printed book to ebook?

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 - 11 answers

Searching for the critical thinking textbook I had in grade school

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 - 3 answers

YA Fiction book involving a kidnapped daughter?

Help me find this YA fiction book wherein the president's daughter is kidnapped and ends up escaping. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Mar 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Stanislavski handbook?

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 - 8 answers

Does self publishing hurt your mainstream publishing chances?

Does self publishing hurt your mainstream publishing chances? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Mar 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Can this book tell me everything?

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 - 4 answers

What is the name of this blasted book?

What is the name of this SciFi book? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Mar 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Please recommend a book that examines the global potential of a United States of Europe

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 - 1 answer

Beautiful Baby Book

Recommendations for a beautiful fill-in baby book for new parents? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Feb 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for name of book about sleep

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 - 4 answers

Documentaries, books, I want it all!

Please give me some suggestions for documentaries and books I might like. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 22, 2012 - 23 answers

A quick way to look up Latin phrases?

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 - 7 answers

Epic history book suggestions

MagnumOpusFilter: What are some epic history books? [more inside]
posted by Guernsey Halleck on Feb 21, 2012 - 40 answers

Help me find this children's Bible

Help me find the illustrated children's Bible/book of Bible stories I had as a kid. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Feb 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Kiss My Grits

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 - 3 answers

Pretzels and Pirhanas

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 - 2 answers

Not A Lot Of Car Chases In Books, Are There?

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 - 42 answers

What's the next step after writing a book?

I wrote a good book. Now what? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Feb 7, 2012 - 13 answers

iso: specific yoga for kids book

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 - 4 answers

A customizable logbook for motel clerks.

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 - 3 answers

Find this book!: child, parents, mid-1900s

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 - 6 answers

Dragons in my bookstore?

Taking a look for a book about a dragon who likes books. [more inside]
posted by caphector on Jan 31, 2012 - 5 answers

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