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What was this Odyssey/Pope picture book?

Half-remembered children's book filter: a picture-book based on the Odyssey (lead role played by man who was probably called "Ulysses"; cyclops episode was in there) except that instead of trying to get home to his family, he was with his family and they were going to see "the Pope". Very sure of that detail. Artwork was more cartoony than realistic, and maybe multiple pictures per page, but it wasn't a comic book. At least 30 years old. I was in Australia when I read it. Anyone know the book (or conflated-in-memory multiple books) I'm talking about?
posted by No-sword on Nov 4, 2015 - 0 answers

Summary text of the Linguistic/Philosophical problem of Concepts?

So I'm looking for a text that provides a good summary / overview of the Linguistics and Philosophical (and Psychological?) debates, conflicts, theoretical models of the relations between words, concepts, and things. A good overview that covers the range from Abelard, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Chomsky, Fodor, etc.. Does such a book exist? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Nov 3, 2015 - 7 answers

Need book recommendations--science fiction and/or fantasy edition.

I want to send some science fiction and/or fantasy books to someone. These are practically the only genres I DON'T read, and for various reasons I can't ask the recipient for a wish list. Please recommend some science fiction and fantasy books that would be good choices and that are available in paperback. Stand-alone titles are strongly preferred, but series are OK too. I'd also consider some good anthologies if they're available in paperback. Thanks!
posted by bookmammal on Nov 2, 2015 - 27 answers

Southern Gothic (400 level seminar, not 101)

I have always held a deep love and excitement for the Southern Gothic literary tradition and its sundry themes. But I've long ago exhausted the likes of Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy and most of the well known folks in between. I'm looking for more obscure or unexpected works, like Fred Chappell's "Dagon". Books as well as films. Does not have to be "traditional" Southern Gothic (see below fold). The more psychologically unsettling, the better. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Oct 31, 2015 - 52 answers

What to Read While Harry's On Vacation

We have been reading Harry Potter aloud to our third grader and sixth grader, and we need suggestions for possible next series/books to read. [more inside]
posted by China Grover on Oct 29, 2015 - 33 answers

Help An Undutiful Daughter Make Good

My mother turned 70 yesterday. I COMPLETELY FORGOT. Hit me with some great book recs for the following specs! [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Oct 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Is this usual library practice?

I'm mentoring an 18 year old. When he was 11 he checked some books out of the library and lost them. [more inside]
posted by SyraCarol on Oct 28, 2015 - 27 answers

Wanted: Compelling Middle Grade Fiction!

I've just read When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. What an amazing book! Thanks to my ever-growing collection of nieces and nephews, I've enjoyed lots of middle grade fiction. It's been a few years years since I've picked up a good MG novel, though. Does anyone have any recent recommendations in a similar category or style? I'm looking for sophisticated middle grade fiction with strong crossover appeal.
posted by orangutan on Oct 28, 2015 - 12 answers

BookFilter: The Wisdom of Scumbags

I remember reading about this book maybe 3-4 years ago that collected the genuinely smart things said by terrible people, with an emphasis on hypocrites. Some examples were a popular preacher on marriage, who was later revealed to be an adulterer, and advice on financial prudence from con-men. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband on Oct 26, 2015 - 2 answers

Are we still Bowling Alone?

A while, I read Putnam's Bowling Alone and Fishman's The Walmart Effect and I enjoyed them. I didn't necessarily agree with everything they said, but I enjoyed them. A lot has changed since they were written. I'd like some recommendations of more recent books that are along the same lines as those -- books about social change written in layman's terms that aren't overtly biased.
posted by MildredMakenpace on Oct 26, 2015 - 6 answers

SourceFilter - Quote Edition

Fiancee is trying to find out if this quote: "One of the greatest gifts adults can give - to their offspring and to their society - is to read to children." is actually by Carl Sagan, so she can use it for a paper. I can't find it anywhere. Is this actually something Sagan said or is the internet being the internet? [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Oct 25, 2015 - 6 answers

What books can make you a better person?

Of course, the real answer is most books, but I'm looking for something a little more specific... [more inside]
posted by still bill on Oct 25, 2015 - 40 answers

What's New In Software Development?

Almost a decade ago I read (and believed in) Cockburn's Cooperative Game. What's new since then? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Oct 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me learn more about the history and craft of television

I've always been more of a TV person than a movie person. Now I think I'd like to get more serious with my interest, and really delve into the history and theory of television, both in terms of the shows themselves and the industry behind them. Help me get started with this! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 22, 2015 - 13 answers

Lighter mysteries to read aloud in hospital

My friend is recovering from surgery that makes it impossible for her to talk for the next few weeks. I'm looking for books I can read aloud to her while she is in recovery. [more inside]
posted by chapps on Oct 22, 2015 - 26 answers

Books on Jewish history

I'm looking for exceptionally well written books on topics in Jewish history that don't focus on the Holocaust, the modern state of Israel, or are "complete" histories (i.e. "A History of the Jews") [more inside]
posted by gwint on Oct 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Please help identify this book!

It was a children's picture book from the 1970s about a girl's day at the beach. Here's what I remember about it... The author is female, and the illustrations were watercolour. The story is told from the first person perspective, and its simply a girl having fun all by herself at the beach. When it starts to rain, she's already wet so she doesn't mind. Eventually she makes it back to her cottage (or maybe her home), and her mom wraps her up and makes her cocoa. The girl observes that it's a strange thing to have cocoa in August. [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Oct 17, 2015 - 6 answers

illuminate my book hunt

I am looking for the best book about ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS. Not a reproduction of an illuminated manuscript but an informative history. [more inside]
posted by tippy on Oct 15, 2015 - 1 answer

It was like "The Something, Something, Something & Something Else Book"

I've been trying off and on for years to remember (at least) the title of a miscellany intended for young children. [more inside]
posted by Rat Spatula on Oct 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Books on proper development of LTRs?

I'm looking for recommendations on books that explain how to properly develop a long-term relationship with a view towards long-term commitment/marriage. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Oct 14, 2015 - 5 answers

The Heroine's Journey

I want some books about women going on the traditional hero's journey! Ideally, non-fantasy and non-young adult. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Oct 14, 2015 - 25 answers

Novels involving darts?

A friend's birthday is coming up. He likes to play darts (plays in a league) and he likes to read. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for gifts that might combine both. [more inside]
posted by jaguar on Oct 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Can you identify this book?

Okay, so, details are somewhat sketchy because I'm going back about 32 years, when I would have been roughly 8 or 9. [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Oct 11, 2015 - 6 answers

I want your ugly, I want your disease

Please be recommending to me your favorite (fictional, please) outbreak movies, books, and shows! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Oct 10, 2015 - 30 answers

Godel, Escher, Bach: worth it?

Is it a waste of time for me to even attempt to read Godel, Escher, Bach when I don't have a very good foundational knowledge of math? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Oct 10, 2015 - 18 answers

Book recommendations for junior fantasy

Another book recommendations question! My son, aged 9, is devouring the Ranger's Apprentice series. What else is in a similar, perhaps a little older, reading ability range, that has strong plotting and imaginative worlds. Also sci-fi...
posted by wilful on Oct 4, 2015 - 14 answers

Engineering fiction?

I'm looking for more science fiction to read, along the lines of The Martian or Seveneves, where solving engineering challenges is a major part of the story. Lots of technical detail is good.
posted by pombe on Oct 2, 2015 - 31 answers

Best beginner-level books about a) the universe and b) evolution?

My mother was asking me a bunch of questions about life and the universe the other day - how life got started, how organic molecules first developed, how the universe got started, how big the universe is, how stars form, where elements come from, how many solar systems there are, how planets form, etc. [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Oct 2, 2015 - 13 answers

I need to sell my SF books in London

I know there are a few variants of this question in metafilter history, but hopefully this is a reasonably unique combination...: I have 20-ish boxes of mainly SF books in London (UK). There's nothing too unique but a moderate density of hardcovers. I want to get rid of them and hopefully end up with both more space and more money (although research has made my cynical about how much money might be involved). What's the best option?
posted by curious_yellow on Oct 2, 2015 - 3 answers

What's the best writing book for someone with no writing background?

If you were mentoring/working with a technical professional or someone without a strong writing background, what book(s) would you recommend they read to learn about basic concepts/techniques/style/voice, etc.? [more inside]
posted by paulcole on Sep 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Examples of literary microphenomenology or deep-point-of-view?

I'm looking for examples of a particular kind of narrative writing style that might be (or overlap with) what I think is sometimes called deep-point-of-view. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Sep 30, 2015 - 9 answers

Need recommendations for spooky mysteries to give to my Grandmother.

It's October, so I'd like to give my Grandmother some spooky mysteries to read. I've given her quite a few gothics, and those aren't difficult to find, but she now prefers the young adult books I've been getting for her. I know her taste, because we talk a lot about which books she's enjoyed the most, and I know she won't like anything too dark, too serious, or too gross. Lighthearted (but not too silly) mysteries with Halloween themes are what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by Beholder on Sep 29, 2015 - 9 answers

Recommend me some business books

What are the best business books you know of right now? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork on Sep 25, 2015 - 17 answers

Book recommendations for my Mom

Since my mum got her Kobo ereader, she's been bingeing on the classics but finding the latest recommendations offered by Kobo and Goodreads don't interest her much. She's 76, hates gratuitous bad language, sex, and overly wordy or convoluted language. I've told her that Metafilter is full of bright and knowledgable people; ready to help. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Sep 23, 2015 - 45 answers

Digital bookshelves are harder to browse...

I have many books. Now I have many ebooks. There is some overlap. I am hesitant to get rid of my hardcopies because I want other people (my kids, primarily) to be able to browse through them and find stuff that interests them. I think this is easier to do with physical objects. Please convince me I can get rid of my physical books if I have e-copies; or, tell me why keeping physical books is essential.
posted by OmieWise on Sep 23, 2015 - 34 answers

Supportive relationships in fiction

I was inspired by previous threads that asked for illustrations of healthy relationships. I am asking now for illustrations of fruitful mentor/mentee-type relationships (especially among equals, as opposed to parent/child or teacher/student). [more inside]
posted by Don Don on Sep 22, 2015 - 13 answers

Great, detailed "how this one thing works" books for kids

My 3.5 year old nephew adores Brian Floca's book Locomotive. I know he enjoys trains, but I'm curious if he might like books on other, non-transportation subjects, but still super detailed about parts, what they're for, and how they work. For example, has anyone made a similarly detailed children's book about how sewing machines work? Or elevators? Or computers?
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 21, 2015 - 16 answers

Seeking "Hyperbrain" Books/Films: Chiang's "Understand", Lucy, Limitless

If I greatly enjoyed Ted Chiang's "Understand", Lucy, Flowers for Algernon and Limitless, what other works along the same "superintelligence", "hyperbrain" or "gifted with superhuman intelligence amongst a world of normal people" theme would I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Sep 20, 2015 - 23 answers

Anthony Trollope - Which book should I read first?

I'd like to start making my way through Anthony Trollope's work but I have no idea where to start. The man wrote 47 novels. He has series and standalone novels and I don't want to choose a subpar work as my first Trollope. [more inside]
posted by Constance Mirabella on Sep 20, 2015 - 15 answers

Illustrations of book characters reading & writing

I am looking for illustrations from picture books and chapter books that show characters reading or writing. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Sep 17, 2015 - 15 answers

YA Literature for Young Lesbians?

My niece mentioned/complained to me recently that there is very little YA lit for and about lesbians. I took a look on goodreads and found a couple of lists with what appear to be a nice selection of books. However, on reading further, I'd like to narrow the list down to actually well-written or otherwise reasonably good books. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Sep 17, 2015 - 25 answers

I need more books to read to my preschooler!

We read a lot to my son and keep running out of decent books. He likes books about realistic situations with a fair bit of emotional or linguistic complexity. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by forza on Sep 16, 2015 - 30 answers

Good fantasy/D&D/wizard stories for young children?

I'm looking for short fantasy books in a Dungeons and Dragon style (knights, monsters, magic, etc.) that are suitable for young children (2-5 years old). [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Sep 16, 2015 - 21 answers

Recommendations for enjoyable, easy-to-comprehend short stories

I’m looking for recommendations for conventional short stories that are reasonably easy to read and have some literary merit. When I say “conventional”, I mean stories that have a distinct plot, with recognizable characters, and some kind of clear resolution at the end. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Sep 13, 2015 - 18 answers

In the Encyclopedia, e-n-c-y-c-l-o-p-e-d-i-a !

What to do with an outdated, mint condition (aren't they all?) encyclopedia? [more inside]
posted by BillMcMurdo on Sep 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Book fuel can't melt steel jets

Help me remember the name of a weird-ass kid's book with an airplane (definitely) that melted (maybe??)? [more inside]
posted by babelfish on Sep 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Any world history book reccomendations for the medieval period?

My undergraduate degree was in medieval history, and I still enjoy reading about the period. But I've a very narrow geographic range to what I've read about - mainly western Europe, with some on eastern Europe and the Middle East. I'd like to broaden my range with some good books about what was going on in the rest of the world from about 500CE to 1500CE. [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur on Sep 11, 2015 - 18 answers

Elegiac Fantasy

I'm looking for fantasy that is at least partially about the fact that the world is leaving some of kind of Golden Age or has lost something vital and everyone is sad about it. [more inside]
posted by darchildre on Sep 11, 2015 - 27 answers

What sci-fi or fantasy books should I read next?

I recently started reading a bit of sci-fi and fantasy books - these genres are new to me and I'd like to read more. I've especially enjoyed time travel books. The challenging part for me is that I'm an impatient and/or lazy reader. If a book doesn't grab me from the beginning, I just can't bring myself to keep reading. So - what fantasy or sci-fi book (or series) do you think I would enjoy? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Sep 10, 2015 - 59 answers

What to read in Montreal set in or about Montreal?

I'm looking for books about Canada, specifically Montreal, and also books set in Montreal. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Sep 10, 2015 - 22 answers

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