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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

Should I mind my own business about this pyramid scheme?

A friend of mine has posted on facebook asking people to join a "book exchange" where you buy a book and get "approximately 36" back. This is clearly a pyramid scheme... should I say something? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Apr 4, 2016 - 24 answers

Any good, scientifically-accurate media on retrograde amnesia?

Open to fiction and nonfiction; books, documentaries, podcast episodes, news articles, etc. Nothing that puts me to sleep, please. Would prefer newer works informed by the latest science and works that are more personal, emotional, and detailed, rather than removed, dry, and general. Also, while I realize anterograde amnesia is much more common, I'm really only interested in retrograde amnesia. What caused the RA does not matter.
posted by iamfantastikate on Apr 2, 2016 - 2 answers

Book recommendations for an inmate

My brother went to jail last week for a controlled substance charge (meth), though he is only in jail until a bed opens up in the county rehab program. I need recommendations for books/magazines I can mail him. [more inside]
posted by megancita on Mar 29, 2016 - 9 answers

What are the most interestingly designed children's books?

What are the most interestingly designed children's books? I am wanting to find ones with holes in the pages, unusual bindings, strange covers, textures inside, or simply unusual illustrations. Any advice?
posted by mortaddams on Mar 25, 2016 - 40 answers

Non-Engineering Nonfiction Books for Engineers?

I've long held that anyone who makes things for humans should read The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. What other books should engineer types read? [more inside]
posted by reventlov on Mar 24, 2016 - 13 answers

Children's Books on Disabilities

I am vice president of the special needs parents council for my public school district. Our president was approached by our city's public library children's room director because books on special needs and/or disabilities are underepresented in our children's room. What books do you recommend our public library get to better represent this population?
posted by zizzle on Mar 22, 2016 - 21 answers

The Re-Readables

What book(s) can you read over and over and over again? [more inside]
posted by mymbleth on Mar 21, 2016 - 162 answers

ISO 'Moderate'? Political Authors, Commentators

What current books/authors critique or elucidate or political-correctness or radical-Islam that aren't promoting an anti-gay and/or Christian agenda? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Mar 20, 2016 - 4 answers

Poetry and Philosophy Recommendations

I'm looking for collection of poems, or non-fiction, or philosophy books about stars, universe, astronomy. The more literary, the better, but not fiction. [more inside]
posted by moiraine on Mar 17, 2016 - 16 answers

Where can I donate books in the US?

My usual place for donating books just went up in smoke. Where should I donate books now? [more inside]
posted by toast the knowing on Mar 15, 2016 - 23 answers

What is the critical book for your hobby/passion?

I find books that are considered to be the best or most complete or most highly regarded for their particular topic fascinating, regardless of what it is. I'm looking for these types of books for different hobbies or passions. I'm always looking to expand my interests. Basically I'm asking this question, but on a more recreational level. [more inside]
posted by holmesian on Mar 15, 2016 - 89 answers

what would happen if cell phones could kill us?

(asking for an author pal!) This scifi writer wonders: If electromagnetic waves were linked to cancer, what systems (electronic/political/social) would be impacted, and how? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Mar 14, 2016 - 28 answers

fun fantasy that's not.. bad.

Recommendations for fun fantasy with solid female leads? I've happily gone through all the wonderful recommendations in my last question (Books of friends saving the world) and finished A Discovery of Witches-- which almost destroyed my love for fun fantasy. [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Mar 14, 2016 - 51 answers

As I sit and watch, I think I need to read a book.

I have become very interested in reading a book describing the experience of non-nazi sympathizers in Germany - their thoughts and actions - in the years preceding and into the rise of Hitler and the regime. I am just wondering whether the sentiment was "this cannot actually happen," "there is no way this is going to fly," "what a whack job, who would support this?" and "who are these people?" I have found it hard to google, so turning to you all! Are there books that can satisfy this line of thought?
posted by lil' ears on Mar 14, 2016 - 27 answers

Moving tales

What are some good stories about transitioning from one place to another? [more inside]
posted by ariadne's threadspinner on Mar 13, 2016 - 15 answers

Can I save moldy books?

I had some books in boxes stored in my closet. Some water leaked in from outside and soaked into the bottom of the boxes. There's some water damage and mold. Can I salvage these books? [more inside]
posted by milkcrateman on Mar 11, 2016 - 11 answers

Modern children's books prioritizing diction and vocabulary?

The children's books I've seen prioritizing good diction and vocabulary over 'accessibility' are published in Victorian/Edwardian times - which causes a problem if you want to raise children with those things, but without some of the additional moral "bonuses" that those times produced. Do these exist, published in the last half century? Essentially, I'm looking for the modern equivalent of Anne of Green Gables or A Girl of The Limberlost or E E Nesbit. [more inside]
posted by corb on Mar 10, 2016 - 14 answers

Novels/Non-fiction/Articles/etc involving the Pacific and its denizens

I'm looking for reading material about anything and everything with a Pacific Ocean vibe -- what are your suggestions? [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Mar 8, 2016 - 33 answers

Novels Generously Seasoned with Hope

Last year I read and loved Station Eleven, looking for something to scratch the same itch. Some (hopefully) light snowflakes ahead. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Mar 8, 2016 - 31 answers

Care and feeding of books

I'm looking at Brodart book jacket covers. According to their guide, they recommend polyester for circulating books and polypropylene for non-circulating/personal books. Can anyone tell me more about that distinction? [more inside]
posted by vibratory manner of working on Mar 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Social Justice Primer?

Are there some good primers for Social Justice out there? I don't want a dense academic treatise that's hard to read, or filled with a shitton of theory. Something lightweight, that goes over the history of social justice movements, reasons and causes for their existence, what they exist for, etc... [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Mar 5, 2016 - 8 answers

What are the most interesting books about the decorative arts?

I am interested in doing some reading in the area of decorative arts, and I am thus wanting to identify books that contain the big ideas of this field. Theoretical treatments would be especially interesting to me. Do you have any suggestions for where I should start? I would be both interested in what you think the classic texts are in this field as well as new treatments.
posted by mortaddams on Mar 3, 2016 - 5 answers

No, it's not Harry Potter

When I was a kid, I read a book about a magical school on top of a mountain. They had to evacuate down the mountain for some reason (a blizzard?). This was depicted on the cover, with a blue background. I think the head teacher may have used a wheelchair and had a pointy goatee. I could, however, be totally wrong about that, including the gender of the head teacher. (I'm confident there was a woman on the school's staff.) What was it? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Mar 2, 2016 - 9 answers

Illustrated book on animal behavior

I'm trying to find books that are very illustrated but still have boatloads of behavior on the study of animals and animal behavior. [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Mar 2, 2016 - 5 answers

Recommend some children's books showing divorced parents!

I'd love to find some children's books that present something other than a traditional nuclear family just... as a matter of course, not as the focus of the story. Can you recommend some kid's books that a) show parents that don't live together and b) are not specifically about the process of separation/divorce? [more inside]
posted by Kpele on Mar 1, 2016 - 10 answers

Multi-book series with slow burn B-plot romances, in any genre

I've read a couple book series lately that I've really enjoyed, and I realized that the common theme between them is that they both have very strong/swoon-worthy romantic subplots that span multiple novels, showing a slow progression in the relationship between two leads, while other stuff happens around them. Like: 75% interesting and exciting plot/some other genre, 25% romance. I'd love to find more book series like this. [more inside]
posted by warble on Feb 29, 2016 - 34 answers

Suggest fantasy books/series for a 14 yr old.

Suggest some fantasy books/series for my 14 yr old son. He's keen to read some more. Among things he's already read: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Percy Jackson, Mortal Engines. We have in mind the His Dark Materials trilogy. What else? He enjoys reading and reads well.
posted by maupuia on Feb 27, 2016 - 33 answers

High Tech Non-fiction for a Low Tech Enthusiast

As of recently I've been really into non-fiction about the Internet, computers, hacking, or any combination of those things. I like the behind the scenes look at these technologies and the cultures surrounding them, but also that they're presented in layman's terms. Some books/articles that I've enjoyed and fit this bill have been: Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick, How Music Became Free by Stephen Witt, The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett, and this Wired article about The Silk Road (Part 2). Could you direct me to some more books and articles like these?
posted by holmesian on Feb 27, 2016 - 16 answers

Feminist books that aren't about the U.S.

I've started an English-language feminist book club in an East Asian city and I'm looking for more titles that aren't written by or about women in the U.S. Books about women in Asia and feminism in this part of the world would be ideal. What are some great book club picks for our group? [more inside]
posted by horizons on Feb 27, 2016 - 18 answers

Recommendations for marriage counseling books?

Please suggest in-depth, emotionally intelligent, not overloaded with cliches and gender stereotyping, books about: marriage, marriage therapy, the psychology of relationships etc. [more inside]
posted by Cozybee on Feb 25, 2016 - 12 answers

Children's books about paleontology

My five year old wants to be a paleontologist and an astronaut when he grows up. There are lots of kids' books about space, and about the experience of being an astronaut. There are lots of kids' books about dinosaurs and fossils. He wants a book about paleontology and paleontologists. The person working the info desk at our library branch today wasn't terribly helpful. Maybe you will be? [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Feb 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Looking for a book like...

I picked up Stuck: Why We Can't (or Won't) Move On by Anneli Rufus on a whim, but can’t finish it as it is truly awful in every way. Now I’d like to read a book on the same subject that doesn’t suck, actually addresses the subject, and doesn’t resemble the comments section of an internet article. There must be a million books about getting stuck in ruts, changing habits and such, any recommendations?
posted by bongo_x on Feb 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Expecting Better Books

I love the book Expecting Better by Emily Oster, and I want to find more nonfiction in that style (doesn't need to be the same subject). Basically research based/centered while giving the reader room to make their own decisions. [more inside]
posted by triscuit on Feb 20, 2016 - 5 answers

What are some classic books for young children?

I've got a niece coming into the world soon, and as a gift for the shower, I was thinking of sending along a package of some of the books we were read as small children ourselves, as well as some newer books. Trouble is, I can really only remember two: The Poky Little Puppy and Mike Thaler's Owly (not the more recent comic book). Are there any other classic early childhood books that I should be sure to include?
posted by Pope Guilty on Feb 18, 2016 - 50 answers

How to Become Resilient

I read this interesting New Yorker article by Maria Konnikova about how people become more (or less) resilient. I'd like to read more about the things she talks about. Can anyone recommend books that talk about resilience. [more inside]
posted by nevan on Feb 16, 2016 - 15 answers

What's the title of this book about Valentine's Day crafts?

It was aimed at kids, probably published between the mid-1970s and the mid-80s. [more inside]
posted by Clotilde on Feb 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Mark Helprin quote

Looking for a Mark Helprin quote, maybe from Winter's Tale: something like 'we are all boats in a harbour, sometimes we float together and sometimes we're pulled apart'. Google has not helped. AskMetafilter I beseech your aid!
posted by Sebmojo on Feb 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Book club questions for Mildred Pierce

I go to a monthly book club, run by a good friend, and this month we've read Mildred Pierce (which is SO good). Next weekend we'll watch the movie and have the book club meeting at the same time. My friend likes to bring ready-made questions in case the discussion takes time to get started, but neither she nor I can find any online. Can anyone point me to some, or suggest some questions? [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Feb 13, 2016 - 5 answers

Down with the King!

I want some Medieval historical fiction, but with a catch - no royalty! [more inside]
posted by brittanyq on Feb 12, 2016 - 26 answers

Looking for Quality Sappy Fiction

I thoroughly enjoyed this post on the blue -- which explored how characters fall in love in novels. I would like to find new to me fiction that uses this technique in developing love stories. [more inside]
posted by JustKeepSwimming on Feb 12, 2016 - 5 answers

Fiction about the absurdities of academia?

I seem to greatly enjoy fiction about the absurd, ridiculous, or obnoxious aspects of an academic or research environment. Examples that I really liked include PhD Comics (mostly the early years), Bellwether by Connie Willis, and especially Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher. MetaFilter, can you recommend any similarly absurd books about stressed academics? [more inside]
posted by fencerjimmy on Feb 11, 2016 - 49 answers

Book-filter: Engaging and technical science writing

I'm looking for books written in an engaging manner about highly technical topics (i.e. don't read like textbooks). What books do you recommend, and what is this category called so I can find more of it? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Feb 10, 2016 - 16 answers

Looking for fiction featuring cities among the trees

I am currently reading Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, which includes wonderful vivid descriptions of a city built high in the trees on a jungle planet. Please recommend more novels that feature civilization in the trees! Not Tarzan; I'm looking for town or city life, arboreal style. I am searching for Dendropolis. [more inside]
posted by duffell on Feb 8, 2016 - 16 answers

Good French books that HAVEN'T been translated.

I'm looking for recommendations for French books by diaspora/PoC authors who have NOT been translated into English. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Feb 6, 2016 - 9 answers

I need a Great [not necessarily American] Novel, damn it.

[Book recommendation filter] Must be literary. Must be wildly absorbing. Ensemble casts of characters preferred but not required. The longer, the better. Did it sweep YOU off your feet? Tell me about it! [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Feb 6, 2016 - 56 answers

Too Many Books

My five year old is fascinated by Early Humans! Yay! Now which books do I buy? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Feb 1, 2016 - 4 answers

Books to understand conservatives

I’m curious to find one or two books that would help me understand conservatives better. [more inside]
posted by mulkey on Jan 28, 2016 - 27 answers

(Free) online book club for someone trying to read more?

I mostly read paperback thriller type books and want to broaden my horizons. I'm looking for some sort of online book club with weekly/monthly suggestions for books-that-make-you-think type stuff. A mix of old and new novels would be perfect.
posted by atinna on Jan 25, 2016 - 3 answers

I loved Myst/Riven. What books would I love?

Way back in the day I LOVED Myst/Riven. I don't play PC games anymore. Are there any properly good books that have a similar feel/appeal that I can read to recapture that experience? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jan 25, 2016 - 55 answers

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