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 read a business book about five years ago that was about creativity and success in the workplace. It was a creative approach to business for hip young professionals. I remember it had red/pink drawings/scribbles on the cover and came out some time around 2008. It had a rather clever title. Do you know what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by dargerpartridge
on Jun 30, 2013 -
I just learned that my dad already has the 2 spy/crime novels I was planning to get him for Father's Day. Can you offer me some alternative suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine
on Jun 15, 2013 -
After rereading the Little House on the Prairie series, I want more books of a similar style! Particular specifications and a few more examples within. Note: Anne of Green Gables need not apply. [more inside]
posted by windykites
on Jun 13, 2013 -
Hello! I'm looking for a new Bible. I thought that with the myriad of editions available it'd be easy to find something that meets my criteria but it's actually harder than I thought!
Here's what I'm looking for:
NIV translation, large type (at least 12 pt font, preferably 14), single-column, and minimal see-through to the other side of the page ("ghosting").
I also prefer something cloth bound (basically sturdy and not just bound by glue!).
Here's one Bible that comes close to what I was hoping for
but the pages are a bit too transparent to be easily read (like the Norton anthologies to literature).
posted by lirael2008
on Jun 13, 2013 -
Decades ago at my local library I found this (soft cover, I think) photography book by a guy who'd interviewed a bunch of kids about their nightmares, and photographed interpretations of them. Over my youth, I would check the book out again and again, because it terrified and fascinated me. But they long ago got rid of the book, I've never been able to find it again, and when they went to an electronic system, my checkout history was gone. I would really love to see this book again. [more inside]
posted by emcat8
on Jun 8, 2013 -
I (astonishingly) survived the first year of my PhD program. Yay! Now summer is upon me, and I (again, astonishingly) find myself desiring more reading...but this time for funsies! Specifically, I'm looking for some good hammock-and-wine reading material that I can reasonably justify spending time on to my English-Grad-Student brain. I want to immerse myself in a modern fictionalized version of the late medieval and/or Renaissance period. What can you recommend that is genuinely good, but won't ask too much of my super-exhausted noggin? More specific preferences after the jump! [more inside]
posted by Dorinda
on Jun 5, 2013 -
Preparing for Jure Sanguinis and trying to brush up on my non-existent Italian. I haven't had much luck with various websites and apps (FSI is an exception), can't afford Rosetta Stone, and can't leave work long enough for an immersion course.
I've found that I do well with language textbooks in that I get a better sense of the grammar and they allow for rote memorization of words and phrases.
With that in mind, can anyone recommend a good textbook (or system, or correspondence course) for learning Italian at home?
posted by NYC-BB
on May 27, 2013 -
We are expecting (twins) and we are devouring parenting books. We're not overly beholden to these books - we trust our own instincts. But it seems like a lot of these books are anecdotal, or old-fashioned. We'd love to find a book that is modern, research/data-driven, and at least a little enjoyable to read. The kind of book that someone who enjoys Lifehacker, RadioLab, BoingBoing, etc. would respond to. Any suggestions?
posted by Anonymousness
on May 14, 2013 -
It seems (could just be confirmation bias) that book cover/dust jacket materials have changed over the years. I find a lot of trade paperbacks and hardcover dust jackets now have a "soapy" feel to them rather than the previous plastic feel. What is this material? Is it new? What drives choices of materials?
posted by Jahaza
on May 14, 2013 -
I recently discovered an awesome local bookstore in France, hence I'd like to pick up a French-language SF/F novel that isn't a translation and would be difficult to find in the US. Suggestions? (Subgenre preferences below the jump) [more inside]
posted by serelliya
on May 7, 2013 -
Help me find books that are as happy, joyful and well-written as Silas Marner!
Last time I visited my grandmother I gave her my copy of Silas Marner. She loved the book so much she read it three times in a row within two days… She told me it brought her "an unexpected deep and quiet sense of joy"… Because she's pretty sad and depressed right now I'd love to find other books that might lighten her long and lonely days! Can you help me? :) [more inside]
posted by mugitusqueboom
on Apr 22, 2013 -
I heard a PSA on a local college radio station of a book being read, but remember too little about it to find either the ad or the book. Help? [more inside]
posted by CitrusFreak12
on Apr 21, 2013 -
Somewhere between '80 and '82, I read this book that featured spiders... [arachnophobes: do not click!] [more inside]
posted by batmonkey
on Mar 28, 2013 -
In my elementary school (circa 1989-1996, Ontario/Canada), there was a series of young adult novels that our library had. I've been trying to track them down, and Google hasn't helped with the scattershot info I remember about them. Here is what I have to go on... [more inside]
posted by ordinary_magnet
on Mar 24, 2013 -
My daughter is 3 years old, and I'm looking for recommendations for books to read aloud to her at night. [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle
on Mar 24, 2013 -
So people like to name-drop authors and works that those who went to university and/or have a curiosity about the world should know as part of the basic vocabulary of being an educated Westerner. For example, "Kant" or "Dickensian", or "Gertrude Stein".
I would like to learn this stuff, please. [more inside]
posted by grahamsletter
on Mar 20, 2013 -
I was linked a book some time ago via twitter, but that account is now gone and with it went the link.
Things I remember:
Pretty sure it was called "Daylight" (maybe not that, but definitely a time word. daytime? morning?)
Content: the text was just the entirety of a single day's New York Times transcribed
The link went to the publisher, I recall seeing it on Amazon also.
I believe published in the early 90s. 93ish? But still purchasable
Currently going crazy trying to find it with such not-so-limiting search terms. My browser history doesn't go back far enough to find it there. Hoping someone familiar with it happens upon this, I guess.
posted by arsey
on Mar 8, 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 -
Can you recommend a good book on papal history that is solid on facts and theology, honest about blemishes, but doesn't revel in scandal? Oh, and I hope I can find it in a Kindle version. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk
on Feb 26, 2013 -
[BookFilter] Help me find this children's book about a fox that turns out to not be a fox after all! [more inside]
posted by anaximander
on Feb 9, 2013 -
Can you recommend short, easy-to-understand math writing I can read before bed? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Jan 29, 2013 -
I would like to finally find a routine I can follow to eat healthy during the week and I am looking for book recommendations. Unfortunately, most nutrition/cooking books are very one-sided (only contain recipes, only discuss cooking skills, or only nutrition theory) and very biased towards some radical approach (vegatarian/vegan, very low-carb, very high-protein etc.). I am looking for the opposite - ideally a single book for learning about nutrition, cooking and planning your groceries and cooking so all the good advice is actually actionable considering having a 40-hour workweek; also without going into any dietetic extremes and based on sound science and actual practice. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jarekr
on Jan 27, 2013 -
I've been trying on and off for years to remember this YA book. Actually, I think it might be a series, but maybe not. Details within. [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear
on Jan 25, 2013 -
Simple enough question. I've never read any Elmore Leonard, and think I will give him a whirl. Where should I start?
posted by Alaska Jack
on Jan 21, 2013 -
This is a short question, but the internet sucks at poetry books so I've had no luck finding out what I need to know through other channels. Where can I find Tim Seibles' poem "The Groom"? Of his books that actually have a table of contents available online, that poem doesn't appear in any of them, and of course I haven't been able to find it among the other set. Help please! I love that poem and I want to have it again.
posted by invitapriore
on Jan 16, 2013 -
I'm finishing up The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman, and while it's a really good read, it does what it says, and covers the beginning of the war. I'm interested in other books on WW1. What do you recommend? I'd like to read both a good, solid overview of the whole war, then maybe later read more in-depth books on certain parts or phases of the war. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah
on Jan 12, 2013 -
Years ago I saw a flickr set (I think) of the covers of a vintage series of books on science and engineering. Each cover (under the dust jacket) was a single color and featured a simple embossed diagram of the book's topic (e.g rockets, electricity & magnetism), with no text. They were gorgeous. Please help me find the series title!
posted by you're a kitty!
on Jan 6, 2013 -
Help-me-remember-this-important-book-from-my-childhood-filter: Egypt, time travel, cats, and family dysfunction version. [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna
on Jan 4, 2013 -
My book queue is empty, and my brain craves fiction! Could you please recommend some books? Favorites include : DeLillo, Murakami, Pynchon, Bolaño, Lethem, Barthleme, Franzen, Chabon, DFW, Bulgakov, Rushdie, David Mitchell, Gabriel García Márquez, Mark Z. Danielewski, Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, George Saunders, Joe Hill, and Raymond Chandler [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco
on Dec 12, 2012 -
Looking for good, critical books and resources on martial arts and fighting. I prefer them to be academic enough to have survived peer review, but will take what I can get. Anything martial arts related would do, I'm interested in understanding martial arts and fighting in a more general sense. [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee
on Dec 8, 2012 -
My Mom is interested in reconnecting with her Finnish roots (her parents were the last generation to speak the language, though she grew up with elements of the culture). She is planning on going on a trip for a milestone birthday in a few years, but in the meantime I'd like to find her some wonderful books about Finland. A gorgeous coffee table book with great photos and lots of information would be ideal. Not looking for guidebooks.
posted by eliina
on Nov 29, 2012 -
Can you help me identify a 25+ year-old short story that describes someone unable to cross a city street? [more inside]
posted by argonauta
on Nov 13, 2012 -
Help me remember this relatively recent story (movie? book?) a friend recommended to me. Vague details ahead! [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone
on Nov 13, 2012 -
BookFilter: Can you recommend books that connect what happened in the 60's to the current American political culture? [more inside]
posted by dry white toast
on Nov 3, 2012 -
Tons of old (100-200 year old) books are sitting in an attic. I'm tasked with finding out how much they're worth. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall
on Nov 2, 2012 -
Beach reading. 2012 edition. Difficulty - Must be available for purchase for Kindle in Australia. [more inside]
posted by arha
on Oct 28, 2012 -
I looked at my bookshelf recently. Nearly every writer on there is dead and male. I should rectify this. Which books by women, living or dead, might I like? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Oct 24, 2012 -
Can you name me some books that are somehow about the city where they take place? [more inside]
posted by hoyland
on Oct 21, 2012 -
Where can I buy Mo Yan's books "Red Sorghum" and "The Garlic Ballads" in traditional Chinese? (not the English translation)? [more inside]
posted by mhh5
on Oct 18, 2012 -