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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -