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Books about things hidden in plain sight

I recently reread René Daumal's Mount Analogue and am looking for other books about things - buildings, people, phenomena, organizations, parts of the natural world - that are hidden in plain sight. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Recommend-a-book

There is nothing quite like reading a book I really love. Help me find some more books I really love. (Fiction edition) [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jul 30, 2014 - 29 answers

Light, Humorous, Feelgood Books for Cancer Patient and Family

Dad's got cancer and the whole family (readers all) are looking for some book recommendations that are light, humorous without being wacky, and immersive. We've got a lot of time to sit around and worry. Thanks!
posted by bluejayway on Jun 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Really engaging books on 70s (prog-ish) rock music?

Can anyone recommend a really excellent book, preferably one with lots of illustrations, wacky anecdotes, and/or other intensely engaging content about 1970s rock music? Specifically music of the "prog-ish" type, e.g., early Genesis. I poked around on Amazon a bit but nothing really stood out... [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Apr 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Help Me Find Books for my 10-year-old

My son reads for an hour every night as part of his homework, and quite often longer than that just for fun. He's a fairly quick reader, and reads at levels higher than his age. This means that we are often in search of new and interesting books for him to read, and I could use some help. More info below. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl on Apr 7, 2014 - 65 answers

Books Like The Jungle?

What are some books, stories, or poems like Upton Sinclair's The Jungle? [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on Dec 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Reading suggestions for a friend who has never read a book

I have a friend who wants to read something. He is a 40 year old black male who grew up on the streets of south central. He has a high school education, but has never read a book in his life (his words). He is very open minded and interested in a lot of different things and he sees me and his girlfriend reading all the time and wants to join in on the fun. He says he is mainly interested in nonfiction but open to reading fiction also. [more inside]
posted by R.F.Simpson on Oct 27, 2013 - 79 answers

I want to read tales of business fraud and failure

I love to read books about real life business frauds and failures. For example, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a favorite as is The Informant. Fraud can be fun to read about, but it isn't necessary. Hubris and poor judgment can be enough if the story is told well. Can you recommend books I might enjoy?
posted by Area Man on Oct 22, 2013 - 17 answers

What does Atul Gawande read?

What comes next after popular medical non-fiction? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Oct 13, 2013 - 18 answers

I've exhausted Iain M. Banks. I want more. What should I read next?

So I'm a dedicated Culture fanatic and have loved almost everything I've read by Iain M. Banks. (His Iain Banks stuff is pretty good too, but his sci-fi is what I really dig.) I particularly love the holistic, humanist morality that pervades his work and the way that he digs right down into the philosophical implications of various ideas and worldviews while simultaneously serving up lots and lots of sex, action, and sensawunda. However, I've read everything he's written several times over. What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 9, 2013 - 36 answers

More voices like Obama's to help me understand race?

I have been struggling to understand and form opinions on racial issues in the US for most of my adult life. The whole conversation is so loaded with value-judgments that my thinking gets all tangled up. I feel like I'm missing a strong philosophical and moral framework from which to form opinions about individual issues. I'm ready to do some reading and heavy thinking so I can think more clearly about this. President Obama's speeches on race have really resonated with me. Any suggestions for books or writings with a similar attitude? [more inside]
posted by Gravel on Jul 21, 2013 - 26 answers

What are some national novels and poems?

A while back, I read Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal, which is sort of the national novel of the Philippines. I've just borrowed The Knight in the Panther's Skin from the library, which is seen as "Georgia's national epic". What are some other national novels? (I've seen the Wikipedia national epics list, but I'd prefer novels to epics, I think, unless they are really outstanding.) If you have particular translations/editions to recommend that'd be great as well.
posted by Jahaza on Jul 1, 2013 - 25 answers

I want to read things that squick me out, but are still well written.

I would like to read some truly disturbing novels. Give me some recommendations, AskMetafilter. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Jun 20, 2013 - 112 answers

Book recommendations for preparing to adopt (possibly)

I am seeking book recommendations to prepare myself and my husband for adoption. Do you know of any reading material that is just fantastic and must be read, or that was very helpful to you? Further clarification inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Fiction about the end of the world/civilization

I recently read The Last Policeman by Ben Winters and really enjoyed it. I also really liked Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I liked the settings (basically the real world but at its end,) and the easy nature of the writing (I read both quickly.) I don't think of myself as a mystery fan, but both of these are mysteries of sorts. I'm looking for fun rather than serious books. What else should I read?
posted by vespabelle on Mar 2, 2013 - 14 answers

I liked Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet. What else should I read?

Help me fill my reading queue! I'm looking for engaging, character-driven fantasy/sci fi/speculative fiction books or series to read. The thing that grabbed me the most in the last year was Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet. What else should I read? [more inside]
posted by spindrifter on Jan 28, 2013 - 12 answers

I like Kazuo Ishiguro. What other contemporary novelists/novels should I read?

My taste in novels has generally tended towards the classics but lately I feel like reading some good contemporary fiction. Please recommend some recent-ish books that are well-written and well-crafted, have emotional depth and deal with human relationships in insightful and moving ways. Kazuo Ishiguro is an example of the kind of writer I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jan 4, 2013 - 24 answers

How to get a reluctant reader to love books?

How to get an 11-year old into reading? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Dec 29, 2012 - 33 answers

Recommend some good books about dogs!

Recommend some good books about dogs! [more inside]
posted by infinitywaltz on Dec 10, 2012 - 26 answers

Workplace self-help book recommendation?

Has anyone read a good self-help book about dealing with stressful jobs/workplaces? [more inside]
posted by srs airbag on Oct 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Looking for fiction about therapy or mental health treatment.

Looking for fiction about therapy or mental health treatment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2012 - 53 answers

Game of Thrones is Getting Me Down

I need a great escapist doorstop novel, and I love some magic and weird creatures, but most big fantasy novels seem to be about BAND of WARRIORS leading to EPIC BATTLE and grimness and people dying. Battles bore me and I'm just not that interested in violence (including magical violence). I'm also interested in people without so much power-- so no royalty, super-wizards, or Chosen Ones. Can you recommend fantasy books that AREN'T about warriors, magical or otherwise? That feature intrepid traders? Cunning craftspeople? What are the bourgeoisie and the working stiffs up to in magic epic land? [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse on Jun 27, 2012 - 78 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

Scare the crap out of me!

Hey Mefites, I would like you to scare the crap out of me with your horror novel recommendations! I really enjoyed House of Leaves and A Good and Happy Child. I'm looking for books like that. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Apr 23, 2012 - 18 answers

The moon is dark and shadowed, the sun keeps ticking by, silence and solitude, no one left to cry.

(BookFilter): Contemporary Gothic novels. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Nov 17, 2011 - 16 answers

Recommendations for developmental pysch thinkers/books?

Calling developmental psych people (especially those who work with adult development): What should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Jun 30, 2011 - 4 answers

What to read after Ulysses?

Ulysses. Lolita. Proust. Books where the quality of the prose is the best part, more so than the plot. Help me find more? [more inside]
posted by kiltedtaco on Jun 28, 2011 - 60 answers

Beach book suggestions please

Beach book suggestions please: have recently finished the latest installment in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series which I found engrossing and entertaining without being too deep or involved. Would welcome suggestions in a similar vein for lying on a beach, reading on a plane.
posted by braemar on Jun 11, 2011 - 19 answers

I'm trying to figure out who did it

I'm looking for "manor house" mystery novels, that take place in a single location (including a manor house, but variety would be appreciated), and involve tracking down a killer. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on May 15, 2011 - 36 answers

Book Recs for the Nutritionally-Confused

Book-rec-filter: I'm looking for a book for a friend, who has been a whole list of multivitamins, prescriptions and nutritional supplements for her condition. She is worried about several things: the effectiveness of taking all at once, whether taking them might cancel each other out, and whether the timing of taking these supplements would be an issue. Is there is a book out there that discusses this? [more inside]
posted by moiraine on Jan 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Looking for recommendations for fantasy novels.

I'm currently looking for some new fantasy books to read. The last thread I found that was closest to this was in 2004, so I figure some new stuff has come out since then. I'm looking for books that are actually well written, and aren't overly dense or ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Nov 30, 2010 - 38 answers

God without mood swings

Book recommendation: Emotion and the Christian religious experience. [more inside]
posted by aetg on Nov 17, 2010 - 14 answers

Good reads for dietitians

Recommend books to broaden the mind of a future dietitian. [more inside]
posted by sively on Oct 5, 2010 - 17 answers

Let's solve a mystery (novel)!

I want to read fun books like what I read when I was young. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Sep 7, 2010 - 39 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

They say it used to cost $5,000 to fly from NY to Paris

Help me learn what travel was like back in the day! [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on May 13, 2010 - 26 answers

Good books about farming & food?

Recommendations for good books about food, sustainable agriculture, etc.? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Mar 15, 2010 - 23 answers

Good books for gardening?

What are some good introductory gardening, botany/plant biology, herb/herbal medicine, or nutrition books? [more inside]
posted by hannahelastic on Feb 24, 2010 - 11 answers

Good Print on People

Help me discover engaging, popular-level sociology books. [more inside]
posted by PunkSoTawny on Jan 28, 2010 - 21 answers

Super Freakonomics alternatives?

Book club recommendations required for easy-to-read business/technology books. [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Jan 27, 2010 - 15 answers

Contemporary Israeli Fiction Filter: Recommendations?

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

Tell me your favorite books on meditation!

Recommendations for books about meditation? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Dec 4, 2009 - 14 answers

There's no way I'm going to J-school: What can I read, instead?

What books can I read that will give me some idea of what it might take for me to make my living as a writer or journalist? [more inside]
posted by AAAA on Nov 3, 2009 - 19 answers

Books about non-US universities

Have you read good books (fiction or non-fiction) which accurately depict/explain life at universities in countries other than the US? [more inside]
posted by hydropsyche on Jan 28, 2009 - 18 answers

Help me choose a book to travel with.

I need a longish, interesting, well-written book (fiction) to read on an upcoming trip. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mosessis on Aug 21, 2008 - 58 answers

Tell me what to read so I can understand international relations.

I'm looking for a book that can summarize/explain different schools of thought in international relations/foreign policy. [more inside]
posted by dismas on Jul 30, 2008 - 8 answers

I can has buckle swashed too?

I love history, and I love adventure. What real-life historical adventurers were awesome, and have books written about them worth reading? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on May 5, 2008 - 40 answers

Books like "The Name of the Rose" and "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell"?

Could you recommend books similar to The Name of the Rose and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell? There's something about the tone, the mashing of genres together, and the over-immersion in details that is unbelievably appealing to me. (But don't recommend Tolkien!) [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 19, 2007 - 49 answers

"And then they made a stew out of blanched chicory root and ostrich feet."

Please to recommend novels that could function as survival manuals. [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on Dec 13, 2007 - 62 answers

Pot 102: Marijuana and American Culture

I need to know everything about marijuana. [more inside]
posted by brina on Sep 4, 2007 - 29 answers

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