In the late 90's / early 00's, my mother bought me a collection of craft and activity books published by (or related to) the magazine 'Highlights for Children'. I have vivid memories of some of the contents due to the long hours I spent poring over each page, but seemingly not anything useful enough to successfully track them down. Maybe someone out there also owned these books and can help me reunite. [more inside]
I'm looking for readable, if not informative, non-fiction books about witches. [more inside]
Give me your (diverse, feminist) romance novel recs! Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
In a year full of grief, I’m searching for music, writing, and art to get me through. Please share what was meaningful for you in working through your own grief. [more inside]
I'm having a baby! I'm looking for books on parenting. Not the feeding/changing etc. but the how-to-raise a human being aspects. So my two questions are: 1) What books on parenting did you find the most useful (birth through school-aged) both as general approaches to parenting and related to special issues I'll list inside and 2) The books will inevitably contradict each other. What strategies have you used to figure out what to draw from each set of ideas and what what works for you and what doesn't etc.? [more inside]
Most American children's books seem to have a predicatable plot with challenges that are eventually overcome with (nearly) complete success. Sometimes it takes three tries, and sometimes there's a twist, but everyone goes home mostly happy. I am looking for kid's books with more realistic depictions of the process of failure and the ambiguity of human experience. [more inside]
After finishing the penultimate novel in The Queen of the Tearling trilogy I have a sudden desperation to read about ambitious and competent women in fantasy. I'm thinking anywhere along the lines of the ruthlessness of Cersei Lannister to the intelligence of Hermione Granger. I'm not looking for books that follow the familiar Young Adult trend of someone being thrust into a responsibility they are reluctant to take on. I want to read about women who are driven and set out to accomplish what they want, with no preference to YA or adult fantasy.
We just (as of yesterday!) bought our first home. I am a mixture of excited and clueless. Please recommend your favorite homemaking / housekeeping books for me to pore over. This is a genre I love but it's never been so immediately applicable to me before. [more inside]
Hello! I need a book (possibly movie, but better a book) recommendation for a feminist leaning speculative fiction fan. What's new this year? [more inside]
I'm looking for books about how to manage your working life effectively. That could be anything from productivity, to managing stress, to interpersonal relationships, to broader musings on work-life balance or authenticity or ambition. I know that the airport bookshops of the world are full of this kind of thing, but what's actually worth reading? [more inside]
I’m seeking suggestions for steamy books, fanfiction, and videos/shows/series because I'm simply awful at picking these myself. Snowflakes divulged in the extended explanation. [more inside]
My mom is obsessed with the Outlander series and really interested in that period of Scottish history (Bonnie Prince Charlie, Jacobite uprising, Culloden, etc.). I want to get her a solid, readable non-fiction book on that time period but I'm not too familiar with the material. Any recommendations?
So, I've been rereading Shot in the Heart, by Mikal Gilnore, brother of the murderer Gary Gilmore. In one anecdote, the author describes the family, living in late 50's - early '60's Portland, Oregon, going to the local pro wrestling matches. They describe razzing and then befriending on of the grapplers, who wore a skull mask as part of his costume. The Gilmore says that now, the wrestler is a local conservative radio/TV show hero. Who's he talking about?
My American father just retired and wants to do more international travel—what are some inspiring books about traveling abroad to less-common tourist destinations? [more inside]
I'm looking to get immersed in a really great book... or audiobook? What book is everyone reading right now that's going to get made into a mini-series in about 18 months and everyone will say "The book was so much better!" [more inside]
I am looking for books/sites/groups/etc that offer parenting support beyond the intro level. My wife and I are good parents, in a calm and happy marriage, we both have graduate degrees in psychology/sociology, and we are struggling so hard with our 4.5 year old that we cry in each other's arms nearly every day from the stress of it. [more inside]
What are profound, life-changing books, movies, articles, content that you can suggest? [more inside]
There have been a billion new thinkpieces on why white rural and working-class voters voted for Trump. Where are the articles and books on the other Trump voters? [more inside]
No tragic or dramatic plot twists or endings - just, making an adult decision to move the fuck on when the timing and circumstances are obviously not right. [more inside]
After Trump's victory, I feel the need to study, reflect, examine my assumptions about the world, and seek insight and solace. I'm looking for books that will help. [more inside]
I collect alphabet books and would like to add some new books to my collection. Any recommendations? [more inside]
Which is a good book to read about American History? [more inside]
Help me to remember a long-lost fantasy book my grade-school class read in or around 1988. [more inside]
I like to get my daughter a book or two at Christmas and I'm hoping you folks have some great recommendations. She is a good reader for her age. Some of her favorite books are the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, Louise Erdrich's Birchbark series, Eva Ibbotson's Star of Kazan, and Kate Sered's The Good Master. I think she likes girl heroines, adventure of some sort, and a setting in a different time and/or place. She also been into fairies and mermaids lately (we just read the first Emily Windsnap book).
I'm trying to find a book I read as a kid. I think it was called "Sport" or "Scout" or something like that. It was about a kid who liked to pretend he was a spy? Something like that? I think the cover had an image of him hiding under a hotel room service cart. My Google-fu just keeps finding books about sports. Does anyone know what book I'm talking about?
What books would you recommend on the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise to power of the Nazis? I am not interested in WWII itself. Bonus points if it covers the rise of similar demagogues in other countries at the time.
I'm finishing up The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. I would like to read another similar book more specifically about the Holocaust. [more inside]
I have an older relative who's immobilized after surgery, and I'd love to mail him a couple of books to help him pass the time during recovery. He's an amateur historian whose greatest interest is World War I, followed closely by World War II and the Cold War. [more inside]
I'm interested in reading first-person accounts of what it's like to be in a society that is falling apart - either through dissolution into civil war (e.g., Syria, Rwanda) or turning from a relatively free to oppressive government (Nazi Germany, Iran). [more inside]
I am looking for a way to categorize and search a list of books using database software. Details inside. [more inside]
What are the best resources for educating oneself about politics/current issues? [more inside]
Are there authors with a style similar to Stephen King? [more inside]
For Christmas, my husband and I would like to get my mother-in-law a book about an artist (ideally, a painter) similar to the Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis. What are some books about similarly inspirational painters or interesting artists with touching, uplifting stories? [more inside]
Looking for history, how-tos and biographies on community organizing, especially with a feminist bent. [more inside]
Please help me come up with some books that are set (even partially) in Sweden but are written by Irish (including Northern Irish) authors. I am also interested in the other nordic areas, but my main focus is Sweden.
I've been binge-watching Parks and Rec over the past few hours. It's hitting a sweet spot because of its warm portrayal of competent, caring people who manage to get things done for the public good despite opposition. Mr Smith Goes to Washington is a bit too saccharine, but is the right ballpark. The Goblin Emperor scratched this itch perfectly, even though it's not about a democratic society. Books, TV or movies. [more inside]
A friend of mine recently asked about a children's book that she couldn't remember the name of, but wanted to find it again. She described it and I realized that I ALSO had loved that book and didn't know the name of it. So HELP, AskMefi, you're our only hope. [more inside]
Practical question for librarians past/present - what are the common splits in collections organised by Dewey? For example, you might find books about dreams and dreaming under 154 (psychological aspects) or 612 (what is happening in the brain). I'm not looking for all possible crossovers from a theoretical cataloguing point of view, but the ones that frequently crop up in public libraries. More details below. [more inside]
Have you read this novel about teenage girls in an Irish convent school in the mid-twentieth century? Let me jig, er, jog your memory, and maybe you can help jog mine about the title and/or author. So, I read a novel many years ago. Definitely more than thirty. As you'll see, I remember a number of details, but Google is coming up with absolutely no results from them. My hope is that either someone will recognize something they've also read elsewhere, or that one of MeFi’s team of nimja librarians will know some arcane search method previously outside the ken of we mortals. [more inside]
I want novels/TV/movies about activists, people who devote time to fight for a cause they believe in. [more inside]
I'm hosting a book-themed holiday party, and I'm scouring the net for some good DIY creative decorations that are book-related. Pinterest is a big help but I need all the help I can get! [more inside]
Are there any suggestions of books like She Comes First by Ian Kerner or works that were instrumental in bettering your understanding of your sexuality? [more inside]
I'm looking for book recommendations. Specifically, books that make me feel like I understand on a human level what it would feel like to live a different life. This can range from non-fiction that tells stories of intense adventure experiences to fiction that really allows me to imagine what it feels like to live in a different time period. Basically, can you recommend books with powerful storytelling that allow me to imagine things that would otherwise be beyond my ken? [more inside]
Can you help me find this book based on the very few (and disturbing) details I remember? [more inside]
I'm looking for baby books in Spanish that meet the following criteria: 1. Board book 2. Written in Spanish (i.e. not a translation). 3. In Spanish, only (not bilingual) 4. Not somehow about the fact that they are in Spanish. [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for books that mix the personal with critique/theory. [more inside]
I have a very specific interest in NYC during this period. What are some good non-fiction books about it? Think the New York of Taxi Driver and A Most Violent Year. [more inside]
There appear to be many series of post-apocalyptic or zombie fiction. Which of these are good reading or worth the trouble? I guess vampires as in The Strain and The Passage count. (I have already read these, and I liked the former better than the latter.) I'm not interested in things like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
I realized recently that I like nonfiction books that are about things -- books that don't have an obvious narrative, but that are exciting to read nonetheless. Any suggestions? [more inside]
I'm looking for books that provide insight to a (perhaps) underrepresented group, time, or event. Happy to have fiction or non-fiction (but if non-fiction, prefer a more journalistic or narrative bent). [more inside]