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What are some national novels and poems?

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 - 25 answers

What was the business book I read five years ago?

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 - 9 answers

E-books in Spanish?

Help me find eBooks in Spanish! [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Jun 25, 2013 - 7 answers

I want to read things that squick me out, but are still well written.

I would like to read some truly disturbing novels. Give me some recommendations, AskMetafilter. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Jun 20, 2013 - 112 answers

Help me find a good book for my father.

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 - 33 answers

Book Recommendations Wanted!

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 - 51 answers

Looking for a Bible that's easy on the eyes

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 - 10 answers

Help me find this photography book on children's nightmares

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 - 5 answers

Renn Faire Brain Candy Books?

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 - 27 answers

Prep for Jure Sanguinis -> Help me find a great Italian textbook

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? Thank you.
posted by NYC-BB on May 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Summer Reading You Want to Finish

Summer’s here. In need of amazing novel recommendations. Particulars within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on May 22, 2013 - 47 answers

Are There Research/Data-Driven Parenting Books (that are readable)?

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 - 13 answers

Tell me more about/point me to sources about book cover materials.

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 - 5 answers

French SF/Fantasy Novels (in the original)

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 - 8 answers

Looking for happy, uplifting book suggestions!

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 - 29 answers

Help me find a book mentioned in a PSA?

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 - 6 answers

Novels about language?

I'm looking for some recommendations of novels that are in some way about language. [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on Apr 7, 2013 - 48 answers

What was this '70s or early '80s horror novel featuring spiders?

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 - 7 answers

Tracking down a YA book series from the late 80s / early 90s

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 - 2 answers

Seeking book suggestions to read aloud to a 3 year old

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 - 33 answers

Help make me literate like an engineer

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 - 34 answers

Help me find a specific (art piece?) book

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 - 1 answer

Fiction about the end of the world/civilization

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 - 14 answers

Book on Papal History (on Kindle)

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 - 6 answers

Kids find fox, angst ensues

[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 - 7 answers

Vey iz mir.

Bookish Mefites, help me come up with a list of literary sad sacks. [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Jan 31, 2013 - 29 answers

The Seven Bridges of Königsberg in 200 Words or Less

Can you recommend short, easy-to-understand math writing I can read before bed? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 29, 2013 - 12 answers

End-to-end nutrition book

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 - 17 answers

Help me remember this YA book.

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 - 6 answers

What Elmore Leonard book should I start with?

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 - 18 answers

Where can I find Tim Seibles' poem "The Groom"?

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 - 4 answers

Looking for Books on WW1

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 - 23 answers

vintage science and engineering book series... by cover.

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 - 6 answers

80s young adult book about Egypt cats and angst

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 - 4 answers

Looking for some awesome fiction

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 - 70 answers

Help me find a romance novel for my Granny

Recommendations for novels similar to Nicholas Sparks style, please? [more inside]
posted by chiababe on Dec 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Books about fighting.

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 - 10 answers

What's this humorous SF mystery?

What's this humorous SF mystery? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Gene W. Banks

What interesting writing has been done on the overlaps between Gene Wolfes "Book of the new sun and Iain M. Banks Culture novels? [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Best books on Finland for my Mom?

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 - 6 answers

Can you recommend historically accurate children's books about (American) Thanksgiving?

Looking for equitable Thanksgiving curriculum materials [more inside]
posted by mermily on Nov 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Helplessness at a busy crosswalk

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 - 10 answers

What Was That Book?

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 - 2 answers

What audio book would you want if you were stuck in a hospital bed?

Help me pick the perfect audio book to get my friend through hospital awfulness. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Nov 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Echoes of the past

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 - 6 answers

Books up a river

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 - 22 answers

Beach reading for 2012

Beach reading. 2012 edition. Difficulty - Must be available for purchase for Kindle in Australia. [more inside]
posted by arha on Oct 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Nothing on my bookshelf was written by a woman. Help!

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 - 52 answers

Books about cities?

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 - 75 answers

Where can I buy Mo Yan's book online (in chinese, not translated)?

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 - 3 answers

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