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How do I amass a book collection in this day and age?

I've always wanted to wind up with a large collection of books like my parents have. However, when I can find constantly updated information on the internet and I check out fiction from the library, I can rarely convince myself there's a good reason to actually BUY a book. What books should I be buying? Some snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Jul 17, 2014 - 30 answers

Books that allude to books that do not exist.

In The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, the title character is negatively influenced by a "poison" book that is mentioned repeatedly in the text but never named. "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," the short story by Jorge Luis Borges, mentions several nonexistent books including a mysteriously altered encyclopedia and a History of the Land Called Uqbar. I am looking for more fictional references in novels or stories to other books that do not exist. Help, please? [more inside]
posted by BlueJae on Apr 11, 2014 - 59 answers

Recommend a non-fiction author who has a style like Anthony Bourdain?

Recommend a non-fiction author who has a style like Anthony Bourdain? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Jun 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Non-fiction about the Great Outdoors

I've recently discovered that I love reading non-fiction about the Great Outdoors and the things that happen there. I'm talking about books like 'Touching the Void' by Joe Simpson, and Jon Krakauer's books 'Into Thin Air' and 'Into the Wild'. It doesn't necessarily have to be about disasters and tragedies: I really loved this recent FPP about the Alaskan Iditarod. I want to read (but haven't yet) 'Into the Silence: the Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest'. Please recommend me other books in this vein?
posted by meronym on May 2, 2013 - 35 answers

How A went from thinking B to C

Please recommend stories about mental battles. Specifically, people overcoming deep-seated fears or beliefs. [more inside]
posted by fix on May 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Fun non-fiction?

I love non-fiction, but a lot of it is either annoyingly precise or too worthy. I'm looking for fun entertaining bedtime reading that won't tax the mind too much. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cdenman on Sep 10, 2011 - 40 answers

Fingers on the pulse - give me your "zeitgeistiest" non-fiction picks

Help me put together a list of the most zeitgeist-y, readable and accomplished "big idea" non-fiction books of recent years. [more inside]
posted by oneaday on Aug 15, 2011 - 31 answers

Advice book from different perspectives?

Can anyone recommend some non-fiction advice books where many authors write their perspective on similar situations or difficulties in life? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Jul 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for family-focused memoirs

I'm reading (and really enjoying) The Glass Castle, and my wife and are about to have our first kid. What other memoirs or non-fiction books should I read that focus on parenting, raising kids in unorthodox ways, or just plain unique families?
posted by nitsuj on Jul 14, 2011 - 20 answers

Good resources for learning about new and upcoming non-fiction about the internet?

What are some good resources for finding out about recent/new/upcoming non-fiction books that discuss the web or the internet? [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Book suggestions?

I'm looking for some good, meaty non-fiction to read over Christmas break while I'm home from grad school. Something with difficult ideas, yet readable and contemporary, and taking a fairly "big picture" view of a particular field. Any suggestions? Examples below. [more inside]
posted by decoherence on Dec 12, 2010 - 46 answers

Introductory Book to WWI

I am look for a gentle and concise history of WWI. As well as possibly another book that focuses on life in the trenches.
posted by captainscared on Jul 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Tell me what fiction I should read

Fiction for someone who prefers non-fiction. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Jun 10, 2010 - 36 answers

Extreme Sports Books

Any good books about extreme sports? [more inside]
posted by alextprice on Apr 13, 2010 - 8 answers

What are some great books/movies about Hawaii?

What are some great books/movies about Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by bullitt 5 on Mar 10, 2010 - 18 answers

How it's all connected.

What non-fiction have you read that shows the unity underlying vastly different subject matter? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Feb 26, 2010 - 26 answers

writing that's direct, morally complex, and personal at the same time

There's no shortage of excellent "what to read" threads around here, but I'm looking for something a bit more specific. The tricky part is I'm looking for a style and a point of view, rather than a particular genre or subject. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge on Jan 29, 2010 - 46 answers

Self-improvement for $130, Alex

Help me improve myself. Non-fiction book suggestions needed. [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork on Dec 30, 2009 - 30 answers

Great Non-Fiction of the past year?

The best non-fiction books of 2009? I'm in a Christmas coma and need something good. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Dec 26, 2009 - 13 answers

Books on India

If you please—I urgently require a few good recommendations of novels that have India as a backdrop. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Jan 13, 2008 - 55 answers

What's the best non-fiction I haven't found yet?

I'm looking for more great non-fiction books. Requirements: writing to make an English major swoon; a thesis or narrative structure that makes for an organized, logical flow; well-reported; interesting; true, with embellishments of known fact made known by the author. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Aug 22, 2006 - 46 answers

Cool Non-Fiction Book Filter

I need a book suggestion...something slightly off the beaten path in the biography, history, science, or world politics categories. (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by cyclopz on Aug 14, 2006 - 32 answers

Please recommend great non-fiction books & documentary films

What non-fiction books or documentary films explore a subculture or lifestyle as effectively as Henry Chalfant & Tony Silver's Style Wars and Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels? [more inside]
posted by njm on Jul 26, 2006 - 42 answers

Good non-fiction books about comic books?

Anybody know any good non-fiction books about comic books, their publishers, their history, etc?
posted by Runkst on Jul 23, 2006 - 18 answers

Writing Nonfiction, how does one organize it?

I think it would be a kick to write a nonfiction book. Any advice on how to organize one? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo on Jan 13, 2006 - 12 answers

Can you recommend a well-written figure skaters bio?

Can you recommend a well-written figure skater's autobiography or biography? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jan 2, 2006 - 4 answers

Can you recommend any great books on fashion and style?

Can you recommend any great books on fashion and style? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on May 18, 2005 - 7 answers

What materials do you recommend on the Edwardian era?

I'm trying to learn about the Edwardian era especially (but not exclusively) in England, Ireland, and Canada. What excellent materials (fiction and non-fiction books, movies, websites, etc.) have you read and seen about this period?
posted by orange swan on Mar 1, 2005 - 17 answers

What is a good process to follow when pitching ideas to publishers?

I have what I think is a great idea for a web / design-related book that I'd like to shop around. Can anyone who has been published before offer any advice, links, or a good process to follow when pitching ideas to publishers? (more detail in comments) [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on May 24, 2004 - 16 answers

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