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Help me identify this YA novel I read in grade school.

I read this book sometime in the late 80s. It was a mystery solving book. I believe the protagonist(s) were kid(s). It involved a town named Staunton (like the chess pieces) and some burned paper in the base of a statue. And an ominous title implying the supernatural? I may have that last bit about the title wrong. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Nov 6, 2013 - 3 answers

 

Name that book!

I've been trying to find a great book I read about ten years ago. It is told (I think) from the POV of a young boy. He travels around from town to town with his mother, who enters a series of bad relationships and then they skip town each time. The kid in the book is very precocious, I think he is supposed to be quite young throughout. Eventually the mother settles down with a boyfriend, they move into his house I think...and at the end the kid murders his mother's boyfriend. I keep thinking the title has something to do with Light and Motion, and I think it refers to him watching the streetlights pass as they drive from town to town. Any help greatly appreciated.
posted by drunkonthemoon on Aug 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Name that pre-teen book!

I read this sometime in the 80s. It was a chapter book, just shy of YA. And it's title was something like "The 45th Thing I Love About Amelia" or "The 45th Best Thing I Love About Anastasia" (wrong number, wrong name). Oh, and at the end, the mom opens a closet door and there's a dead dog inside or something. [more inside]
posted by hmo on May 20, 2013 - 2 answers

Please identify this book for me?

I read this book once, but I'm really fuzzy on the details. It's about a guy who has a mediocre job at some company and messes up. Rather than getting fired, he gets a job offer with the same company at a very high level and is asked to carry out some shady assignment there. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Next on Apr 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Mystery Book Hunt

BookFilter: The sketchy detail kind. This is about a young adult novel, available by the early 80s, set among a family of artists or writers in, I think, New York City. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Dec 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Tattooed Eyelids

What's the name of the book where the main character is a swordsman who has sword tattoos on his eyelids? [more inside]
posted by zinon on Oct 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Recommend me some thoughtful military books

Bookfilter: Recommend me thoughtful military memoirs / journalism [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Sep 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Looking for a book recommendation that combines art and philosophy

Students of art, lovers of philosophy, can you recommend a book I can buy as a gift for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Jul 25, 2012 - 17 answers

Books about heroic con artists?

What are the best books about heroic con artists? Nonfiction (Schindler's List) or fiction (Going Postal) are both fine.
posted by Sticherbeast on May 31, 2012 - 15 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

What's this Sci-Fi short story?

What's this Sci-Fi short story? A scientist working on gender selection technology is contacted by future potential outcomes of his work (a male-dominated world and a woman-dominated world) that end up corresponding to the woman he marries.
posted by ropeladder on Feb 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Bookfilter: Noir killer novel

BookFilter: I am hoping the hivemind can help me find a noirish thriller/detective-ish novel I read more than a decade ago about a socially awkward killer and his hot semi-girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by Forktine on Nov 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Shiftin'.

Bookfilter: Books where protagonists are transformed into animals/aliens/etc for extended periods? [more inside]
posted by solarion on Nov 10, 2011 - 29 answers

ABCs of sex? B is for BDSM?

Book-Filter! I'm trying to find the name of a book about love / relationships that I only heard about on an NPR interview. The book was written out in "a is for," "b is for" alphabet style talking about dark (the excerpt he read was very dark) and light parts of relationships, sex and love. [more inside]
posted by stratastar on Aug 19, 2011 - 2 answers

Bookfilter: authors like Calvino, Keret, Murakami

Bookfilter: I'm looking for authors (and especially short story collections) in the vein of Italo Calvino, Etgar Keret, and Haruki Murakami - playful, slightly absurd, and a little bit surreal.
posted by devilsbrigade on Apr 3, 2011 - 32 answers

Can you name this 1970s sci-fi novel?

BookFilter: Help me find this formative (but possibly terrible) 1970s sci-fi book I read in my youth! [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Mar 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Books like this little-known book

Bookfilter: I want to read books that are similar to "Saturn is almost invisible" by Vasily Ardamatsky. [more inside]
posted by vidur on Feb 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Suggestions for books about dungeons and dragons and awesome heroines.

Bookfilter: I need new stuff to read! Really enjoy fantasy where the hero is female.. bonus points if she's conflicted in some way. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Feb 16, 2011 - 68 answers

Looking for a 70's Sci-Fi Short story collection...

Random 70's SciFi Bookfilter: Mid to late 70's science fiction short story collection, lots of cool ship art, and one story in particular about two individuals hunting each other, one using all the latest tech, and his opponent taking a more primative approach. Story ends: "And the laser hummed and cut him in half." Ring any bells with any one?
posted by HannoverFist on Feb 14, 2011 - 4 answers

What is the name of this book?

Bookfilter: A particular young adult novel about a girl meeting new people and not settling for first love (similar to "Forever"). Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by audacity on Jan 26, 2011 - 14 answers

There was a magic substance and an English lady and, umm....

Can't-remember-book-filter: I read a preview in the back of another book but I can't remember the title or author of either one... [more inside]
posted by yggdrasil on Dec 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me remember this book, please.

[bookfilter] Help me remember this non fiction book I read as a teenager about "mind power" (if I remember correctly) [more inside]
posted by patheral on Sep 21, 2010 - 5 answers

I like my books like I like my art, postmodern.

Another request for book recommendations. My snowflakeness? After years of not having a huge reading appetite, I think I understand that I really dig postmodern writing. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Jul 22, 2010 - 42 answers

Seeking a long-lost & probably far more mediocre than I remember it story

I'm looking for a book I read a long time ago. It was set in some hilly country, quite cold, somewhere like Iceland. A boy working on his farm developed some sort of need for a quest (but I have no idea what this actually was). He had a 'typically' Viking name, and there was a girl involved, physical but seeming quite ethereal. Possibly they were somehow married (though they were—I don't know, but less than twelve, so when I say 'married' I mean one of those close friendships characters in children's books have with destined soulmates). Things I seem to remember but may be mixing up with other books: a sword, longships arriving (the settlers were Viking too). There were gods around, because Loki was quite prominently featured in the story while the boy was questing alone. I think this quest had a fairly pathetic basis, and that's one of the things that made the story interesting. [more inside]
posted by westerly on Jun 20, 2010 - 10 answers

Help make me uncomfortable.

Looking for a reading list of things that will make me productively uncomfortable. (tl;dr inside) [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Jan 20, 2010 - 59 answers

Contemporary Israeli Fiction Filter: Recommendations?

Contemporary Israeli Fiction Filter: recommendations? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade on Dec 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Which four-letter sci-fi novel drives Sol to safety?

Bookhunt: What's the name of a sci-fi novel involving giant engines forming in a ring shape around the Earth? I seem to remember the title being a word with four letters in it. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Dec 1, 2009 - 6 answers

One Day in the Life of Ivan Desnakeovich?

YAWTBF (Yet Another "What's That Book?" Filter): I'm trying to find a book that I loved as a child (early '80s). The book was written from the perspective of a garter snake as he slithered around a little chunk of wilderness bordered by a road. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 2, 2009 - 2 answers

Another world and they still can't spell my name right.

I'm trying to remember the title and author of a young adult sci-fi novel from the early '90s (or earlier) with a character named Alana (or Alanna) and a boy who gets taken to another world. Help! [more inside]
posted by ilana on Sep 17, 2009 - 1 answer

BookFilter: The War Of Forgetting?

Yet-Another-Bookfilter - I'm trying to find an 80s-ish sci-fi book that I want to think was called "The War of Forgetting". The premise was something along the lines of: two warring factions get devices, described as "battery powered, about the size of a pocket calculator, with three antennae" which can take large cubic sections of space ( hundreds of feet on a side ) and "store" them in the device, removing them from our reality. The problem is that when something is removed, people's memories of the area/thing are removed as well - so everyone forgets what was removed and why. Later in the book, as reality gets more swiss-cheesed, people try randomly restoring these blocks and the results aren't pretty. I've been trying to find this book off and on for years, now I come to you good folk for help. Yes, it's somewhat ironic that I can't remember the title. :-)
posted by HannoverFist on Aug 25, 2009 - 9 answers

Princesses and flying dogs?

[Bookfilter] Help me find a book from my sister-in-law's childhood about a princess called fenella. [more inside]
posted by hmca on Jul 21, 2009 - 7 answers

[Bookfilter] Help me find a book from my mother's childhood!

For years, my mom has been talking about tracking down a children's book she remembers reading in the 50's. She swears it's part of the Little Golden Books series, and it tells the story of a town that feeds a snowman ice cream until he explodes, causing the town to be blanketed with ice cream. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld on Jul 7, 2009 - 4 answers

Pirates, Cults, and Druggies in the Third World

Travel writing recommendations that compare with the work of Kevin Rushby? [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Jun 23, 2009 - 6 answers

Help find a short story I remember

HELP! middle school/high school short story bookfilter *for Christmas! [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Dec 12, 2008 - 1 answer

What novel featured Maimonides as a character?

BookFilter: Looking to reread a historical novel (probably romance) with Maimonides as a character. No clue as to title or author. [more inside]
posted by terrortubby on Dec 12, 2008 - 3 answers

Identify a recent book about a con man or hustler who turned his life around

Book Filter: Help me identify the book about a con man or hustler that my friend's husband heard about on the radio recently [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Dec 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Feed my literary appetite.

BookFilter: My reading list is getting very short and I'm looking to the hivemind to help me queue up a few more books to get me by. [more inside]
posted by wavering on Aug 27, 2008 - 32 answers

Name that book?

BookFilter: I read a story a long time ago about a sort of near-future sci-fi-ish setting where all human beings in the world were rendered sterile thanks to a man-made virus, but I can't remember what it was called. Help! [more inside]
posted by Xany on Aug 16, 2008 - 23 answers

Meg Tilly makes it hard to google for...

Kids' book filter: Two sisters, possibly twins, one a brunette named Natalie but known as Tilly, English, involves going to stay in the country and horses, most likely published in the early-mid 80s (when I read it), possibly a trilogy or a series. Any help with the title or author would much appreciated!
posted by goo on Jul 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Tinfoil, fillings and robots?

Bookfilter: I remember a kid being misled into thinking you're a robot (or some kind of cyborg) if it hurts when you chew on tinfoil. There's [more inside]
posted by shownomercy on Oct 17, 2006 - 1 answer

never go back to bookfilter lake!

BookFilter: I'm looking for a book with a sort of Lovecraftian tone, than I remember being called "The Man with the Staff of Light", except it sounded cooler than that does. It involved a traveller in the Wandering Jew archetype whose distinguishing feature is his glowing staff, and who seems to act as a witness to the decay of all around him. [more inside]
posted by scrim on Apr 19, 2005 - 2 answers

Children's Books

AnotherLostChildren'sBookFilter

I am looking for two children's books by the same author. One is about a carved wooden indian in a canoe that makes an amazing journey. The other is about a hermit crab as it makes its way through various new shells. My 3rd grade teacher read them to us, and I loved them, but I can't remember anything useful like author or title. Thanks!
posted by omphale27 on Dec 31, 2004 - 8 answers

What book has fruit and vegetables made up to look like silly faces?

Looking for this book. [more inside]
posted by turbanhead on Dec 13, 2004 - 5 answers

Most useful books to have around for rebuilding after the Apocalypse?

Bookfilter: It's the day after the end of the world. What book and or books would you want to be able to rebuild? You know, if you want to be able to hunt, plant crops, make clothes, make tools, etc. How does the well educated gentleman prepare for the Apocalypse, practically? Other than the Foxfire books, what should I buy? [more inside]
posted by geekhorde on Sep 27, 2004 - 20 answers

What book is this: (26?) short stories about various train or subway passengers?

Bookfilter: Trying to find the title of a book I read about / was told about. I recall it being explained as a large number of short stories ('26' sticks in my brain), each written from the perspective of a different passenger in a train / subway car. That's all I've got.
posted by adamkempa on May 26, 2004 - 4 answers

What is this book?

My niece just called and asked about a book. Her description didn't strike any chords, so I thought I'd try the denizens of AskMe.

The theme is a future where noone has a name, only a number. Noone thinks in terms of individuality, and terms like "I" and "me" are not used. The protagonist of the book meets someone who is not bound by those strictures and learns to think like an individual. The last line of the book is something along the lines of "I am" or "I am (somename)".

Ring a bell with anyone?
posted by joaquim on Jan 9, 2004 - 22 answers

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