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Un-put-down-able novels for a fiction hater

I've browsed a lot of book recommendation questions here but haven't found a thread that quite suits my interests. I'm a mostly nonfiction reader, but most of my all-time favourite books are novels. I'd like to read more fiction but I'm having a hard time finding novels I like. All suggestions appreciated! [more inside]
posted by bellebethcooper on Jun 29, 2016 - 21 answers

A book for learning something...that's good in small doses

This is perhaps a somewhat weird question. I do a lot of my reading in small bits - standing in line for 5 minutes at the grocery store, going down an elevator for a couple minutes, a 10 minute taxi ride, etc. Given the start and stop nature of that, it's tough to read very deep things where you really need to finish a long passage in one sitting or remember everything that had been said in the chapter or section. But I love reading books where I learn something - American history, how the internet came to be, becoming a great chef - all kinds of topics. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2016 - 11 answers

Kids' books to read before a camping road trip up the US west coast

In six weeks, we're taking two weeks to drive from San Diego to Seattle, car camping along the way. What books should I read with my 5 year old before we go? Think Jason Chin's Redwoods, for example.
posted by billtron on Jun 24, 2016 - 3 answers

What are the best novels about the American West in the late 1800s?

My knowledge of books is sadly lacking on this question. I'm currently reading Twain's Roughing It and want more, preferably written in the last fifty years. Books about Oregon in full or in part are even better. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Jun 24, 2016 - 16 answers

Children's Books Around the World

What is your country's top children's book? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jun 24, 2016 - 12 answers

bad movie art movies

In the latest episode of the Canon podcast, Devin Faraci said that They Live occupies "a liminal space between being a bad movie and an art movie." I realized that this succinctly characterizes a subset of art I tend to love, and I'd love to find as many examples of it as I can. What are some movies, books, TV shows, etc., that might fall into this middle-space between great and garbage? I'm thinking, I don't know, a lot of stuff by PKD, Bryan Fuller's Hannibal, Shock Corridor, etc. Can't wait to dive into your recommendations!
posted by scarylarry on Jun 20, 2016 - 95 answers

mid-century, not necessarily so modern

I recently read Marjorie Morningstar and The Women's Room, and I'm looking for more some mid-20th-century books that have some of the qualities I liked about these two: sprawling plot, cast of engaging characters, and a sense of what life was like at the time. Preferably U.S. or UK. Perhaps books that have been unjustly forgotten but still hold up well today -- neither of my examples is really "forgotten", but you don't really hear people talking about Wouk or Marilyn French much these days. (I didn't mind the retrograde gender politics in Marjorie Morningstar at all but I would prefer to avoid Roth/Mailer-style misogyny.)
posted by Ralston McTodd on Jun 19, 2016 - 22 answers

Name for LIterary Fiction Genre?

Is there a name for the kind of novel that's basically a biography and (often quirky/odd) family history? [more inside]
posted by mark k on Jun 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Plastic books?

Is it possible to use the technology that makes polymer banknotes to create books? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Jun 17, 2016 - 15 answers

Raising boys/brothers book list

Baby is a boy! Now, I want to read all about raising boys/brothers. Fiction and nonfiction suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jun 16, 2016 - 10 answers

Looking for a "biography of Detroit"

I'm hoping to find a readable non-fiction book that covers Detroit's history, from its birth to its rise and then it's death, for lack of a better word. (Even if the city isn't dead--it's hard to argue that what Detroit used to be isn't dead.) Is there a recent "definitive" book in this vein?
posted by Precision on Jun 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Information about the history of poetry publishing

I would like to study the history of the business of poetry publishing. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 15, 2016 - 8 answers

Beyond "On the Road"

Looking for fiction and nonfiction about road trips. Ideally the narrative would be 80% about the journey rather than the destination, but that's not a hard rule. [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano on Jun 12, 2016 - 27 answers

Novels that contain recipes?

What are some novels you've enjoyed that have contained recipes? Either as part of the narrative, in between chapters, or as an addendum. [more inside]
posted by fever-trees on Jun 11, 2016 - 45 answers

Ooh Rah! Give me all the military kink.

Currently in a phase where I would like to watch movies or TV series + read books that focus on special ops, special forces, miltary action, or any army/navy/marine group inserted in a mission. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Jun 11, 2016 - 24 answers

Available comics for non-reading young girl w/ strong visual story

Looking for comic title for non-reading young girl with strong visual narrative. [more inside]
posted by BDoyon on Jun 7, 2016 - 12 answers

The history of the world is but the biography of great men. - Carlyle

When my mother was a child, she had a book that was 100 short biographies of "great men of history". I am wondering if such a book exists for the modern age. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 6, 2016 - 8 answers

Gift ideas for an overworked, overscheduled preteen?

Looking for a gift that could help a young girl deal gracefully with the stress of her teen years. [more inside]
posted by Anyamatopoeia on Jun 6, 2016 - 21 answers

Mysteries with Character

I am looking for mysteries that don't focus just on a dead body, but whose plot is more puzzle like. More under the fold. [more inside]
posted by azalea_chant on Jun 3, 2016 - 37 answers

I need more mystery in my life.

I love cozy mysteries, and I need more of them. Hit me, mefi. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Jun 3, 2016 - 32 answers

Seeking book recommendations similar to Every Heart a Doorway

I recently read Seanan McGuire's amazing Every Heart a Dooryway (so good! why so short!) and I am seeking similar fiction in this same vein. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Jun 1, 2016 - 9 answers

What Are the Best Sources for Out of Print Videos and Audio Tapes?

I'm looking for a source of audio or video tapes with business/sales guru Don Beveridge. I checked a few of my local libraries but don't see anything there -- haven't talked to the actual librarians yet, but it seems like these may be fairly esoteric. [more inside]
posted by willnot on May 31, 2016 - 2 answers

Fiction or non-fiction books that describe a job or profession

I'm looking for "behind the scenes of the XYZ industry" type books. They can be fiction or non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by jacobean on May 29, 2016 - 29 answers

Little House on the Prairie companion

I've started to read my childhood favourites to my children. This week we started Little House on the Prairie, which is still wonderful but.... Pretty culturally insensitive. We're glossing over some bits, and having some good talks about the First Nations being displaced by the settlers, but.... [more inside]
posted by Valancy Rachel on May 28, 2016 - 11 answers

Remembering a poetry book from my childhood

What was this anthology book from my childhood?? Read at my grandmother's house in the early to mid 1990s. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on May 26, 2016 - 8 answers

Books to put on a baby registry

I want to set up a baby registry on Amazon. What are the must-list baby and kiddie books I should put on it? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on May 23, 2016 - 40 answers

Meditations on traveling and wandering

Looking for books that reflect about travel, being a traveler or tourist, and being a stranger in a new place. Also: cities, correspondence, being lost, thinking deeply about the nuances of culture and language. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on May 23, 2016 - 26 answers

Best way to store paper in non-climate controlled garage

I have a bunch of boxes of books and other paper ephemera to store. I'll store all I can inside the house, but some, surely, will have to go in the garage--good roof, but not climate controlled, and door is drafty. Hot and humid in summer and cold and dry in winter. How to make the best of it? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 23, 2016 - 9 answers

Where do I BUY pdf versions of academic monographs?

*NOT ASKING FOR HOW TO DOWNLOAD ILLEGALLY* Where do I go to buy academic books (monographs in anthropology, comp lit, and so forth) as PDFs? I can't imagine this isn't already a thing-- fill me in on that missed memo! [more inside]
posted by redwaterman on May 22, 2016 - 8 answers

How do I avoid the troll picks in the Hugo nominees?

I want to separate the wheat from the chaff. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on May 20, 2016 - 12 answers

Scare my socks off!

I am looking for horror novels that will really scare me. I mean, lingering-two-days-later, don't-read-after-sunset, check-under-the-bed kind of scary. Please recommend me some. Preferences (but not requirements) under the cut. [more inside]
posted by darchildre on May 20, 2016 - 27 answers

How to make my students read or listen to foreign language materials

I teach teenagers ESL. I've been building a small library including graphic novels and books (The Stonekeeper, American born Chinese, Anya's ghost, Frankenstein makes a sandwich, In real life, The cartoon guides, Adrian Mole, Klutz book of inventions etc. - even drawing manuals) but also DVDS (Simpsons, Futurama, Father ted, Flight of the Conchords, Amandla, Secret of Kells...) and Cds (Elizabeth mitchell, They might be giants, Jack Johnson, The rutles...). [more inside]
posted by nicolin on May 19, 2016 - 17 answers

Doublesided bookcase

Where can I find bookcases with the following specs? [more inside]
posted by museum of fire ants on May 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Junior Time Lord Needs Reading List

Our kid is seven. He's asking for books and graphic novels he can read that are about time travel and/or parallel dimensions. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 17, 2016 - 46 answers

Help me find this children's book about sharks

Help me find this book! Gory children's book about shark attacks read in the mid 1990s. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on May 17, 2016 - 8 answers

What Is the Retailer % of Book Sales

I am producing a TEDx event and am asking some of the speakers to bring along their books to sign and sell. What is the average retailers % of list price?
posted by goalyeehah on May 13, 2016 - 5 answers

Local plant identification guide?

I am on the hunt to learn more about nature! I live in southwest michigan. I'm hoping to find a book (supplemented by an app maybe) that will help me identify plants. My criteria are: (a) pocket/bag sized (b) more information than just what the plant is named (c) good form factor/durability, (d) good for a beginner - I don't even know the difference between a beach and a birch, I probably don't need a book that has 107 different types of maple tree listed out - but maybe I do! Please help a beginner
posted by rebent on May 12, 2016 - 7 answers

Looking for books that deal with masculinity in unique ways

This question is spurred by the recent NYT article on male book clubs. I'm interested in starting one of my own, but without the idiotic grenade manliness rankings and all male authors. What I'm really interested in is creating a safe space for a group of people to talk about the emotional sides of masculinity, and largely the difficulty many men have in expressing emotions and vulnerability. I'm looking for potential books(both fiction and non-fiction) that would help foster these discussions.
posted by aleatorictelevision on May 10, 2016 - 18 answers

Another book, less silly, but still funny?

I need book gift suggestions again - this time for a young man... [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on May 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Tune in, turn on, read a book.

Who are the modern Robert Anton Wilsons? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on May 5, 2016 - 17 answers

Tales on a Plane

It's been awhile since we had a "long flight book recommendations' question. Please give me your recent favorites for making the time fly by! [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on May 5, 2016 - 37 answers

Book recommendations for serious teen reader

My soon-to-be fifteen year old kid has officially graduated from YA novels, I think. She's tired of dystopian heroines and teen romance and fantasy/SF and looking for stuff that is accessible but also really, really good. I'm looking for books for her that don't have to be classics, but that aren't pretty generic. Also not sexist in the vein of Updike, Roth, etc. [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy on Apr 26, 2016 - 51 answers

Book and TV recommendations for me and my sweetie

My husband and I like reading books together and talking about them, but man--do we have different tastes! I like slow moving, detail oriented things and he likes big, interesting ideas. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Apr 22, 2016 - 34 answers

Best annotated literary recommendations?

What are some excellent annotated versions of already excellent books? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Apr 22, 2016 - 20 answers

Books about losing any of the 5 senses?

I am looking for nonfiction books that deal with stories of people who have lost (or gained) their sight/hearing/sense of smell, etc. Also books about people who have dealt with memory loss or other neurological problems. [more inside]
posted by cherrybounce on Apr 17, 2016 - 26 answers

Banned Book Week event ideas for academic libraries - no flames, please!

I want to plan some kick-ass events at my academic library for this year's Banned Books Week (in September). I'd love your ideas. [more inside]
posted by crepeMyrtle on Apr 16, 2016 - 5 answers

Novels like scrapbooks

Looking for short novels composed of fragments, vignettes, etc. Examples: Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Elizabeth Hardwick's Sleepless Nights, Danielle Dutton's Margaret the First. [more inside]
posted by the return of the thin white sock on Apr 12, 2016 - 36 answers

Balticon 50 Reading List

I'm heading to Balticon 50 and want to expand the awesomeness. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer on Apr 8, 2016 - 3 answers

Self-Help Book Suggestions

I'm looking for a good self-help book that deals with one or more of the following: [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Apr 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Literature about ugliness

In search of novels, memoirs, and other literary works where physical ugliness (NOT beauty, primarily) is a major subject/theme. Thanks!
posted by thetortoise on Apr 8, 2016 - 32 answers

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