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What are some cool American-history-related books/games/movies for kids?

Looking for a fun gift for an 8-year-old that might fuel his interest in American history (or any history) ... Any ideas? (Some specifics provided inside.) [more inside]
posted by pokermonk on Dec 16, 2013 - 11 answers

What book is similar to "Number the Stars" for my 9 year old?

My nine year old just read "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry. It is her first introduction to really high quality historical fiction. She is excited to read more books that teach her about history, but are also fun to read because they are fiction. Do you have any ideas about historical fiction books that are excellent quality like "Number the Stars" but that are age appropriate for my nine year old? Thank you.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 15, 2013 - 42 answers

Smart detective fiction?

What are some particularly intelligent or well-written novels in the suspense/mystery/detective fiction genre? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 12, 2013 - 55 answers

Seeking First-person Accounts of Poverty in the United States

I have of late been reading and watching first-person accounts of poverty in the United States. The most recent being Invisible Child. I would like to continue reading stories told from the perspective (or about the perspective) of those living in poverty in the US. Books, documentaries, articles are all welcome.
posted by xingcat on Dec 11, 2013 - 25 answers

Book recommendations for a nerdy, super smart, often silly uncle?

What newly released books would my nerdy, geeky, incredibly smart, completely rad uncle enjoy? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Dec 10, 2013 - 26 answers

Looking for fairy tale book, read in the mid-1970s.

Children's book filter: Am thinking it was Sleeping Beauty, though it may have been Rapunzel or some other fairy tale with a wicked queen and a princess. [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Dec 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Multiracial fairy tales?

I am looking for kids books that depict fairies that aren't all white. Sometimes, one can find some variation in hair color - but little in the way of anything that doesn't look classically european. I am mainly looking for books for little kids, Dr. Seuss reading level.
posted by jammy on Dec 10, 2013 - 8 answers

We may not pay Satan reverence, but we can at least respect his talents.

Thief-kings and tricksters: more of this character archetype, please! [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Dec 8, 2013 - 29 answers

Cuckoo cuckoo?

My girlfriend just read and deeply enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). She is not a regular reader of detective fiction. Can you recommend other books she might like? [more inside]
posted by raisindebt on Dec 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Can you help me make the Great Native American Novel reading list?

I like to learn about different places and cultures by reading fiction set in those places and with characters from those cultures. Can you recommend to me a contemporary novel about American Indians? I'm particularly interested in books about Native American communities in the continental US. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Dec 7, 2013 - 17 answers

The Gothic Industrial

Please recommend movies, books and video games that feature broken-down factories, derelict space-age laboratories, and modern ruins of all kinds as a primary setting. If there's something supernatural going on in there, so much the better. Examples within. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Dec 6, 2013 - 26 answers

How to get books in classroom quantities for cheap?

I'm looking to get 25 to 50 copies of a certain hardback book that was published in 2000. It's the Spanish "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and it retails for $13 on Amazon. How can I get them closer to wholesale price? [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Dec 5, 2013 - 6 answers

More recent nonfiction about pharmaceutical drugs

I love reading nonfiction about pharmaceutical drugs, their development, use, methods of action, etc. What's out there lately that I should read? Recent books I've read inside. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Dec 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Are there any adult fiction writers for guys anymore?

I want to become a reader again, but my latest trip to the bookstore made me sad. Ignoring the fact that it was hard to find fiction books amidst the tablets, the toys, and the teen fiction section, I found an assortment of 'chicklit', Tom Clancy, Steven King, Dean Koontz and an assortment of right-wing survivalist fiction. I want to find something that isn't David Sedaris. I want to find something that isn't non-fiction. I want to find something that isn't ... isn't this... Aren't there any great under-the-radar-haven't-been-overhyped-into-michael-crichton-yet authors? Or is this it... have I reached the end of an appreciation of fiction and I am now condemned to purgatory with nonfiction and biographies? Help! [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Dec 4, 2013 - 62 answers

Help me find a vaguely remembered, possibly imagined, cookbook?

I could have sworn I once saw a cookbook which was less about recipes and more about learning to create your own recipes. Cannot find it anywhere, though! [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Dec 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Toddler Bedtime Books

Looking for recommendations for books about bedtime or ending with the character(s) asleep. My not-quite-two-year-old seems to actively get much sleepier when we read bedtime orientated books. Goodnight Little Bear and Goodnight Moon have both worked to help calm him down for bedtime, and I'd like a bit more variety in my night time book repertoire. [more inside]
posted by HMSSM on Dec 3, 2013 - 47 answers

If I like reading The Last Psychiatrist, what else would I like?

I love the Last Psychiatrist. I don't agree with everything she writes--but I like a lot of things about her. I like that she combines deep knowledge with hand-wavey speculation. I like that she's a fearless contrarian. I like that she's funny. I want to read more writing about society, science, the arts, whatever, that's as toothy as the stuff she does. This can be in book, magazine, or blog format. Where do I go?
posted by insteadofapricots on Dec 3, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I figure out age appropriate comic book/media (ages 9-11)?

I have a niece and two nephews. As the one among my siblings who's into comic book culture, my brothers have started asking me for input and recommendations for the kids, and I'm finding myself having some trouble. A lot of superhero comics may or may not be age appropriate and I also worry about some of the weird sexist subtext in a lot of stuff. I am asking this partially for input in picking Christmas gifts, but also in order to be a better family resource. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Dec 3, 2013 - 17 answers

An Ogre by any other name ...

Yet another asking for a friend book recommendation. Looking for teen / older tween books that are based in/around Florida, punny, humor-wordplay, fantasy based, not that usual go-to-guy. [more inside]
posted by tilde on Dec 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for those inkless, perforating library stamps.

Sometimes, one of the first pages of a library book will bear an identifying stamp made of perforations punched through by a special tool. This practice seems to have disappeared, and Googling for it has only frustrated me. What is the tool called and where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Dec 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Where should i start with Captain America and Thor?

Recently i've been getting into marvel comics more, more specifically Thor and Captain America. I've almost finished vol. 1 of Thor:The Mighty Avenger that basically talks about him and Jane and i'm really enjoying it so far. I think they only have 3 trades for that so after i finish that series where should i go from there? As for Captain America i've never read any of it, but i think i'd like to start out with something newer that gets into his orgins first and then going from there. I wouldn't mind reading any of the other Avengers as well like Hawkeye, Black Widow, Hulk, and Iron man but i don't know where to start with any of those either. But if anyone has some ideas i'd really appreciate it!
posted by earthquakeglue on Dec 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Requesting book recommendations for a one-year-old

My one year old niece loves books that "do things" - especially ones with flaps to lift. Her favorite thing to do when she wakes up is to play quietly with her books for about 20 minutes, and I'd love to encourage that. I would like to get her some books for Christmas. I've purchased Fuzzy Bee and Squishy Turtle for children before, and they were well-received, but the children were younger (in the 6 month range). Are Fuzzy Bee and Squishy Turtle too young for her? Can you recommend any other books that she might like? Her parents are open to anything, as she doesn't have many books and they'd like her to have more, but they're first time parents and not sure what she'd like either.
posted by RogueTech on Nov 30, 2013 - 20 answers

Fiction featuring Thanksgiving gatherings?

What are some examples of works of fiction (e.g. novels, movies) that feature a Thanksgiving family gathering as a major plot element? [more inside]
posted by Asparagus on Nov 30, 2013 - 21 answers

Books that allow ten y/o girl take new feelings out on "test drive"?

There is a scene in season 3, episode 4 of Louie ("Daddy's Girlfriend Part 2") where Louie is in a bookstore asking the salesperson (Parker Posie) about recommendations for his ten year old daughter. There is a great exchange where Parker Posie reveals to Louie that there are things about being female, that at that age, start coming "online." And that she knows of books that can "take these feelings, these big emotions, they let you take them out for a safe kind of spin." Then she hands Louie a book. At first I was dying to know what book, specifically, that was. Then I thought I might ask Mefites for recommendations for those types of books. Can y'all help me out? Books for ten year old girls that let them take new teenage emotions and feelings out for a "spin"?
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Nov 29, 2013 - 36 answers

Awesome books from 2013?

What are some well reviewed books in 2013 that blow my socks off? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Nov 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Seeking Metaphysical Mystery Tour

I'm looking for recommendations for literary crime novels. (Examples within.) [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Nov 29, 2013 - 25 answers

Board book recommendations

My 4-month-old loves reading eye-catching books, but I am a bit bored with the ones we have. Help me find some more, with examples inside. [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Nov 27, 2013 - 23 answers

Where can I find "Le tour du monde en 80 jours"?

I've bought hundreds of books online so please believe me I wouldn't ask such a dumb question without trying myself. My son would like a copy of Le tour du monde en 80 jours (English: Around the World in 80 Days) meeting these three criteria: in French, unabridged, with the original illustrations. Looked on amazon.com, amazon.fr, abebooks.com and several other places, but I can't find (a reasonably priced) copy that says explicitly that it meets all three criteria. We've already gotten burned! Apparently there are a lot of abridged student editions out there. I don't speak French myself so it's hard for me to parse the many French listings. Merci pour votre aide.
posted by iconjack on Nov 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Children's book about two kittens on a witch's broomstick

My daughter vaguely remembers a picture book from her childhood (10+ years ago) about two lost kittens who find there way to a witch's house, then stow away in her bag while she flies off to a witch convention (or party?). When they stick their heads out of the bag, their eyes look like headlights in the moonlight, so the witch lets them stay. Does this sound at all familiar? Googling turns up some near misses. It isn't "Room on a Broom," or one of the "Worst Witch" books.
posted by dws on Nov 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me choose a name, book club edition

I'm starting a book club and need to come up with a name. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Nov 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Scary books for someone who's new to the "reading" thing...

What would be a good scary "intro" book for someone who normally isn't into reading but loves scary movies and has recently decided he is open to reading scary fiction? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Nov 20, 2013 - 31 answers

Novels about entering middle age?

Can you recommend fiction books that feature a main character who is entering middle age and is evaluating his or her life so far, and what direction their life should take? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Nov 17, 2013 - 27 answers

A is for Autopsy

My soon-to-be-17-year-old niece is interested in pursuing forensic science as a career. What are the best books on the subject that would both entertain and inform her? Fiction and non-fiction suggestions are welcome.
posted by Paris Elk on Nov 16, 2013 - 14 answers

Funny books for me

Read Pratchet. Read Adams, Asprin. What next? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Nov 15, 2013 - 43 answers

Charles Dickens -- where to start?

I've read A Christmas Carol, and I sure love it, more often than not I read it on Christmas Day each year. But that's it for me. Where to start on any of these following titles: A Tale of Two Cities. Bleak House. David Copperfield. Great Expectations. Nicholas Nickelby. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Nov 15, 2013 - 17 answers

O captain, fire of my loins!

What are some flattering address from classic literature? My two examples (and the extent of my list) are Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My captain!" and "...light of my life, fire of my loins!" from Lolita. Both are very fun things to call Mr. Grandysaur. BUT I WANT MORE. I'm looking for grandiose, recognizable, turns of phrase that I can use to address those that are worthy. The more ridiculous the better.
posted by Grandysaur on Nov 14, 2013 - 40 answers

Several characters in search of a plot

I'm looking for an example novel(s) that features several separate third person viewpoint characters with seemingly different plot strands at the beginning but whose plots converge as they go on and they end up meeting further on in the novel (if only briefly). I want to see how the author handles these meetings and the meta narrative of several stories merging into one. I would prefer mainstream rather than literary as I'd like to seem something straight forward rather than overly tricky and would prefer sf but please don't let that constrict you as I'm more interested in the mechanics rather than the background and any genre would do.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 14, 2013 - 50 answers

Zap! Pow! Wizards grow up!

So I've been reading Harry Potter to the kiddo (7) at nighttime for a while and she's loving it. I'm enjoying it too to the point where I don't really want spoilers on anything. However as things get darker I have some concerns about the stories ahead... [more inside]
posted by Artw on Nov 14, 2013 - 44 answers

What do you wish you'd read before you left college?

I'm helping to design a course for college juniors and seniors in the health sciences. What books (textbooks, popular non-fiction, or even novels), articles, essays, and websites would be most helpful for the students as they finish up their degrees? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Nov 12, 2013 - 19 answers

Progressively Challenging Hindi Literature for the Novice Hindi Reader

I'm looking for Hindi books that progressively increase in difficulty. I'm a Hindi speaker that learned from my parents conversationally, but I have no grasp of the Devanagari script. I thought I could teach myself the script by rote, then work my way up through books of increasing difficulty similar to how I have read books in grade school in the USA. [more inside]
posted by brocrastinator on Nov 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Books for my friend with ADHD?

She can read, but doesn't like to. There's been only one book that has captured her attention. Help me find more books that she will like! [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Nov 10, 2013 - 22 answers

Phaedrus, Isn't That a Kind of Car?

Novel Plot Filter: If you went to high school in the 80's or 90's, were you required to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? If you read it, did you understand it, and did you retain it at all? What was your high school understanding of the book? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Nov 10, 2013 - 36 answers

Grammar Books for a College Student with No College-Level Writing Skills

I am looking for recommendations on two books. I'm looking for a book that will teach me how to write essays and how to essentially write like a college student. I am also looking for a grammar book that will teach me VERY basic and simple grammar rules. For example, the difference between i.e. and e.g., when to use a comma, et cetera. Help is very much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by NowYouKnow on Nov 7, 2013 - 22 answers

Book ID: "Celebrity" Edition

[Book Filter] Can anyone identify the book in the Pamela Anderson post marathon photo?
posted by Busmick on Nov 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Je veux lire de l'histoire française

I'm in the middle of In Search of Lost Time. It's interesting me in French history. It's better to learn about it from non-fiction, though, since Proust mixes real figures and facts with ones he made up. What good books are there about any period of French history between 1789 and, say, 1939? Popular or academic books are fine, and they don't have to concern themselves with wars, arms races, and treaties, either. Cultural histories are good.
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Nov 4, 2013 - 21 answers

Found in Translation

International fiction: Help me find lists/reviews online of popular international authors. Caveat: their work must be available IN TRANSLATION to English, i.e., not originally written in English. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Nov 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me find this book!

I’m trying to find a book I loved in elementary school, but I remember very little about it and I’m hoping Metafilter can help. [more inside]
posted by helloknitty on Nov 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Resources for deciding to be a mother?

I'm looking for resources (books, websites, etc.) to help me gain a balanced perspective on whether or not motherhood is right for me, given my anxieties and health issues. [more inside]
posted by Maya Cecile on Nov 2, 2013 - 15 answers

What children's books have characters named Daniel?

For a project for my child's school, I need to find children's books (picture books, ideally, and appropriate for 4-8 year olds) that have a main character named Daniel. Not Danny or Dan, sadly, but Daniel. Any leads would be appreciated, since this seems to be un-Google-able.
posted by blahblahblah on Nov 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Good reads about Canadian politics.

What are some good reads about Canadian political history? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Oct 31, 2013 - 5 answers

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