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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
My 14yo is curious about how his cat's brain works. Book recommendations? [more inside]
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?
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]
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!
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]
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]
My mother turned 70 yesterday. I COMPLETELY FORGOT. Hit me with some great book recs for the following specs! [more inside]
I'm mentoring an 18 year old. When he was 11 he checked some books out of the library and lost them. [more inside]
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.
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]
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.
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]
Of course, the real answer is most books, but I'm looking for something a little more specific... [more inside]
Almost a decade ago I read (and believed in) Cockburn's Cooperative Game. What's new since then? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I am looking for the best book about ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS. Not a reproduction of an illuminated manuscript but an informative history. [more inside]
I've been trying off and on for years to remember (at least) the title of a miscellany intended for young children. [more inside]
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]
I want some books about women going on the traditional hero's journey! Ideally, non-fantasy and non-young adult. [more inside]
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]
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]
Please be recommending to me your favorite (fictional, please) outbreak movies, books, and shows! [more inside]
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]
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...
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.
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
What are the best business books you know of right now? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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?
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]
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]
I am looking for illustrations from picture books and chapter books that show characters reading or writing. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]