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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

Comprehensive and in depth books/resources on oysters

I'm going into the oyster business! Help me learn more. [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Jan 21, 2016 - 7 answers

Book recommendations, please!

I am looking for book recommendations. Specifically, books that have gorgeous writing. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jan 20, 2016 - 81 answers

How do I have the best book reading ever?

My novel has been out since August, and on Wednesday I am doing my first book reading / signing (!!!). It's for a local book club, not at a bookstore, so I will have to handle any sales myself. The person running the program was incredibly casual about everything - enough to make me suspect that if I want this to go well, it's all on me. What should I be ready for? [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Jan 18, 2016 - 16 answers

Volunteered to add up the votes for my Book Club; No idea how to do it

This year my Book Club decided to vote on the books we'll read all at once instead of month-by-month. There are 17 books choose from in total and I gave each person a sheet with the books in alpha order. I then asked them to order the books by preference – i.e., their first choice is #1, their second #2 etc. [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Jan 18, 2016 - 6 answers

Children's fantasy stories that taught pronunciation

Hi, I'm looking for a set of children's fantasy picturebooks from the 1960s or 1970s, that were designed for educational therapy, specifically to teach children how to correctly pronounce the "R", "Th" and "L". The ones I can remember were: [more inside]
posted by happyroach on Jan 17, 2016 - 2 answers

Books Like The Martian for my 14 year old

I have a son who has struggled to find books that he likes. Over the holiday break he picked up The Martian by Andy Weir and devoured it! What other books have the same feel? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Jan 15, 2016 - 46 answers

Ridiculously cheap, indispensable DIY books?

What gems of the DIY literature are out there for next to nothing? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jan 14, 2016 - 6 answers

Basically I'm Goldilocks?

Book Recommendation Filter: Looking for urban fantasy or "modern world" sci-fi (not horror) told in third person and doesn't try to sell me on vampire protagonists. This is turning out to be a surprisingly difficult itch to scratch. Help? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jan 14, 2016 - 19 answers

How do I JordanCon?

I am travelling to meet my favorite science fiction author at a convention, but I haven't done this before. What do? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Jan 13, 2016 - 7 answers

A Book Series for my Mom?

My mom is looking for something new to read and would prefer a series. She's in her 50s and has read Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. She doesn't mind fantasy or Sci-Fi but does not like things that are too heavy like LOTR. She has no interest in Divergent or Twilight. This is not a style of book I read very much of so I'd appreciate some suggestions. Thanks!
posted by GilvearSt on Jan 12, 2016 - 42 answers

Stephen King filter: why Tony?

In Stephen King's "The Shining," there is a scene earlyish in the book where the parents (Wendy and Jack) take their son to a pediatrician. The doctor is asking them about Danny's imaginary friend Tony. The doctor says... [more inside]
posted by cakelite on Jan 2, 2016 - 6 answers

Where to start with Walter Benjamin?

Where should I start with Walter Benjamin (and Hannah Arendt and Foucault and bell hooks and...?) (Non-academic but well-read lay person perspective.) [more inside]
posted by latkes on Dec 31, 2015 - 8 answers

Books about taking responsibility

This is a narrower question than the title might suggest. A search for books about taking responsibility on Amazon returns the following relevant results: [more inside]
posted by ionnin on Dec 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Girl pirates!

After her pink fairy phase, my four year old has started wanting to play pirates. Are there any books (movies, games, pictures, other inspiration) about female pirates? Suitable for 4-6 year olds? Thank you!
posted by Omnomnom on Dec 29, 2015 - 28 answers

Help me find more books like prisoners of geography.

Please recommend recently published short books on geopolitics that were pleasant, easy to read, and really smart. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Dec 29, 2015 - 2 answers

Building a library from scratch (almost)

It looks like the responsibilities of my job are about to expand to take on managing a (currently extremely small) library. I'm thrilled by the opportunity, but a bit daunted. I'm looking for advice on: a) Building a functioning catalogue/borrowing system (e.g. I've looked at Evergreen and Koha, are they good? Pros/cons?). b) How-to-be-an-awesome-librarian-despite-lack-of-formal-training-as-such (I've seen Jessamyn's work on here and its an inspiration that I'm looking to, but top tips'd also be great). [more inside]
posted by threecheesetrees on Dec 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Mayan Murder Mystery... or something like that

Is there historical fiction set in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica? If so, where do I find it? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Dec 27, 2015 - 8 answers

What accessible, but not pop-science, linguistics book should I read?

I majored in linguistics in undergrad and I've been hankering after a reasonably accessible and entertaining linguistics-related book for personal enjoyment -- even better if it catches me up on developments in the field in the last ~15 years, but that's not a requirement. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Dec 23, 2015 - 14 answers

I'm looking for well-written books with good stories.

The past few years I've gotten my mom books that were recommended on various askme threads that, at this point, are a few years old. I'm looking for books that aren't particularly challenging, but are higher level than mass market airplane reading. Good reads, good yarns. [more inside]
posted by Mavri on Dec 21, 2015 - 24 answers

Ready...get set...BAAAAAAAKE!

My partner and I watched the season of the Great British Bake Off that's on Netflix right now, and then plowed through all the previous episodes, with the result that now we want to bake...constantly. We'd both like to practice and gain some solid technical experience. I want a more systematic approach than sifting through Google results to find stuff that seems authoritative. Do you know of a great book or at-home baking course that could help us level up? We're interested in all kinds of baking -- breads, cakes, pastries, etc.
posted by linettasky on Dec 18, 2015 - 25 answers

How can I thank my awesome librarian?

The librarian at my local library just alerted me to the fact a book I have been hunting for months is available in the library's small store. What's the best way to say thank you? [more inside]
posted by Torosaurus on Dec 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Recommendations for recent science books, please

My dad is an elderly retired scientist (psych and biomechanical engineering) who likes to read a lot. In the past I've gotten him books like Neil Shubin's "Your Inner Fish," and XKCD's "What If?" and they have been big hits. Would love recommendations for recent, similar books that have a modicum of fun and that involve real science. Thank you so much!
posted by jfwlucy on Dec 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Please recommend some books.

Buying a couple books for a friend. She seems to prefer non-fictional accounts of real life journeys/struggles, both internal and external. But please don't limit the suggestions to non-fiction only. Inside are some books she's liked recently. [more inside]
posted by czytm on Dec 9, 2015 - 9 answers

Book Recommendations

I want to buy some true crime/legal history books, help me find some new ones! [more inside]
posted by emmatrotsky on Dec 6, 2015 - 17 answers

Guidebook for a high schooler interested in the US Navy

My early high school age cousin has been expressing interest in joining the military (specifically the US Navy) over the past year and a half. It's not something I'm super excited about, but it seems likely she'll follow through. Does there exist a book that gives really good, honest information about how the different branches of the US military work, how to approach it if you want it to be your career, not just a short term thing, etc? The kind of information she wouldn't necessarily find in a recruiter's office. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me find this book...

My mother has fond memories of checking this book out of the library each year to help her get into the Swedish Christmas spirit. I'd like to find a copy for her but I can't seem to find it anywhere other than this sold copy on Etsy. The fact that the title is "Swedish Christmas" doesn't help! Can all you book sleuths help me find one for sale?
posted by jasbet07 on Dec 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Sources for asking the right questions?

I am writing an essay about asking the right questions in a therapeutic context (from the patient's perspective), and am looking for interdisciplinary sources for quotes and ideas other than my own to develop my thinking. The goal of the essay is to identify some common blocks to seeing oneself clearly and offer the reader solutions. Examples of useful sources are within. [more inside]
posted by Atrahasis on Dec 3, 2015 - 1 answer

Cozy, non-cheesy, well-written, wintertime fiction

Can you recommend fiction set in winter that will make me feel cozy? Also I am a snob so it needs to be not super cheesy (I tried The Mistletoe Promise, couldn't get past this) and fairly well-written. [more inside]
posted by last_fall on Dec 2, 2015 - 28 answers

Inspired By Blade Runner

You love Blade Runner, I love Blade Runner - a little too much. I need more. What are the best pieces of future noir media with the same setting/atmosphere? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Dec 1, 2015 - 32 answers

Are there progressive children's books in Russian?

I have been looking for some time online to try and find children's books in Russian that are "progressive" with no luck. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Nov 25, 2015 - 2 answers

Book Suggestions for Casanova/Rabelais/Nabokov Reader

I am looking for book suggestions for my partner. He enjoys the historical and comical nature of Rabelais and Casanova's memoir. He also enjoys the style/ambition of Vladimir Nabokov. [more inside]
posted by kiki_s on Nov 25, 2015 - 17 answers

More like Miyazaki.

I'm looking for films (or books) like Miyazaki's work: full of emotion, where the world is literally wonderful and every new street or path could contain something magical, touching, and unusual. Ideally more Spirited Away than Princess Mononoke, but either mood works. I'm already a big fan of magical realism novels and have Earthsea & Moebius on my to-read list.
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 23, 2015 - 20 answers

Laughter may be the best medicine, but where can I buy some?

Movies, tv shows, YouTube, books .... looking for the BIG LAUGH. Not ironic, not sarcastic. Immediately, viscerally funny. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Nov 17, 2015 - 110 answers

Book Recommendations for Teen

My 17yo son just finished the last available book in the Game is Life series by Terry Schott and is looking for other books he might enjoy. What he likes: YA science fiction, light fantasy, in-depth character development. Other books he has enjoyed: His Majesty's Dragon, The Martian, and Ender's Game. Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!
posted by rhapsodie on Nov 15, 2015 - 20 answers

Antiquarian book sleuths : help me identify this damaged book

I have a very old German book that is missing its title page. I really want to know what book it is. Pictures within! [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Nov 13, 2015 - 6 answers

What's the novel you wish someone had given you when you were younger?

That is, what is a novel you read later in life that you wish you had come across as a kid or teen? Totally fine to recommend books that weren't yet published when you were young.
posted by HeroZero on Nov 13, 2015 - 38 answers

Books of friends saving the world

I'm out of books to read. I realize I've been loving books (more so in the fantasy realm) of a group of people (including solid female characters) who become friends and adventure, travel, or go on a mission to save something from some danger. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Nov 12, 2015 - 25 answers

Help me identify a book from some remembered fragments

The narrator relates how his parents met. In postwar Germany a soldier involved in criminal activities encounters a young German woman who is barely getting by (saves her from thugs?). Back home the soldier is a mid level mobster or account for the mob. The narrator as a young man fights with his father and leaves home. [more inside]
posted by yellowdog on Nov 6, 2015 - 0 answers

BookFilter: Expert Mode

A long-shot find-me-this-book question, academic edition! A friend has mislaid the title of a book he needs on Mexican popular religion. Do you know the book, or where else on the Internet might be a good place to ask? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Nov 5, 2015 - 2 answers

Easy novels for vocabulary building?

My husband needs to take both the OAR and GRE in the next handful of months. He has never taken the GRE and did a good job on the OAR, but needs to do a GREAT job. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Nov 5, 2015 - 10 answers

Myths -cultural books for 5 year old with advanced reading level

Hi My nephew is 5, starting school in 2016 January (southern hemisphere semester.) He reads above the average for his age, and his interests vary greatly week to week. Neither of his parents, or Grandparents or extended family have any interest in Mythology or literature at all. He does have some though. He grasps the narrative structures of cartoons and TV shows he likes. He also really enjoys books of classic Fairy Tales like Grimm and Aesop, told for children. He seems like he is ready for Roald Dahhl... [more inside]
posted by esto-again on Nov 5, 2015 - 19 answers

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story to preschoolers?

My four-year-old is as obsessed with Hamilton as I am. He is full of Alexander Hamilton facts and keeps sing "Oceans rise, empires faaaaaaall" with Broadway gestures. We need some high-quality Founding Father (and/or Mother!) children's books! Obviously the big gets are the guys from the musical: Hamilton, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. But we will also accept Franklin, Jay, lesser founders, and assorted wives and girlfriends. And I suppose Aaron Burr, sir. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Nov 4, 2015 - 21 answers

Best Books on Animal Cognition?

My 14yo is curious about how his cat's brain works. Book recommendations? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Nov 4, 2015 - 13 answers

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