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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

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'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

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

Recommend some good books about dogs!

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

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

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

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

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 Print on People

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

Contemporary Israeli Fiction Filter: Recommendations?

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

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

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

Oh, Mildred Lathbury! Where have you gone?

Please recommend novels whose heroines are similar to the protagonist of Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym? [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on Aug 23, 2007 - 16 answers

Reading for the snatched minutes before the baby wakes up, the toddler wants to play hiding again or my sister falls asleep.

Looking for recommendations of comfort reading. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Mar 19, 2007 - 43 answers

Operators and Things: written under pseudonym. Was there any follow up on the author's attempts to deal with schizophrenia? And has the author ever come forward?

Based on past recommendations by members I recently read Operators and Things. I loved it, and I have some questions inside...
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Feb 8, 2005 - 2 answers

I'm looking for book recomendations about the quest for knowledge for knowledge's sake.

I'm looking for book recomendations about the quest for understanding. An exploration and acquisition of knowledge for knowledge's sake. A sort of unbounded curiosity about the world that shows up in the sketchbooks of Da Vinci for instance. [more inside]
posted by jeffhoward on Apr 18, 2004 - 16 answers

What is the best book you've read in the past year?

I've recently had a schedule change at work that leaves me with large chunks of time that I usually fill with reading. Since January 1st I've read 9 books. The problem is that I seem to have exhausted my personal "to read" list and end up in the public library empty-handed. What is the best book you've read in the past year? I'm open to any genre.
posted by ttrendel on Jan 15, 2004 - 68 answers

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