I'm going to Romania next summer for a wedding and I want to learn more about the country, it's people and their culture. Since my travel itinerary will be decided for me I'm excluding travel guides (unless one of you insists that they are indispensable). What I'm interested in are good popular histories, novels set there or written by Romanian authors, or any other books you think would help me understand the place better.
I'm about to finish Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era, which is a history of the songwriters and musicians who invented the classic "Brill Building Sound." What's the best book to read about Motown Records? [more inside]
I love a good, juicy social history with bigger-than-life characters. Which ones are your favorites? [more inside]
You are someone who are not a book/paper person. You look up nearly everything on the internet. But you have a book that beats any piece of reference (how-to, cookbook, etc) that you've found on the internet. Could be because of its beauty, its ease-of-use, its comprehensiveness. What is this book? (and what has changed since this question?)
I'm looking for a book to read at night while I'm camping tonight that feels like the video game, Alan Wake. Looking for something with a spooky feel, dark, more psychological than horror.
Here's yet another "What should I read next?" for you: My favorite kind of book could be called Women Who Get Shit Done. Female main characters who have a mission and use their brains/cunning/dumb luck to get it done. Bonus points for books with a historical or fantasy bend. [more inside]
The question has been asked before, but not specific to my location - I'm in London, I'm moving and need to create space, have a whole bunch of computer & programming texts, they are arguably useful to someone, how do I find that person or organization? [more inside]
A close friend of mine committed suicide recently and I'm struggling to process all my feelings about it. Reading about other people's experiences usually helps me, but I've been having trouble finding books that fit what I'm looking for. [more inside]
I've read some classic literature explaining the libertarian/right side of our US political divide, but I'd like to read the 'Atlas Shrugged' for the left. What classic thinkers/authors come to mind?
At times I have really enjoyed the popcorny thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (e.g., The Relic or Still Life with Crows) but over time, they've gotten so dumb (and formulaic) that I can't really stomach any more. Can you give me some suggestions for similarly tense, page-turning fare, whether natural or supernatural; ideally, high-tension, low gore, and I shouldn't be groaning over plot stupidities every other page.
I'm looking for examples of authors and musicians who lived artistically unremarkable lives for their first four decades, only beginning to express themselves creatively in their 40s, and who subsequently received critical or popular acclaim for the work they produced during that fifth decade. [more inside]
What books can you think of that are essentially fanfic of real-life people? I've read "American Wife" (Laura Bush), "The Royal We" (Prince William & Kate Middleton), and am in the middle of "The First Affair" (Monica Lewinsky & Bill Clinton), and am finding myself really attracted to these types of books. Are there other books out there like that?
Hi MetaFilter, I'm looking for book recommendations for my little brother who is 12 years old. Other questions seem to be about book recommendations for 8-12 year old children who read ABOVE their grade level. My brother doesn't really enjoy reading all that much, and reads, in my opinion, below his grade level. [more inside]
I'd like to stock up my Kindle relatively inexpensively (and am also a little overwhelmed by the phenomenal quantity of cheap public domain books available). What are the best works of literary fiction under $2 available for the Kindle? Preferences/requirements inside. [more inside]
I'm trying to find a copy of Helen DeWitt's novel "Your Name Here." For the life of me, I can't seem to find one. It was published online as a pdf you could buy from her website, but now I can't seem to find a link, just some text saying a small press had bought it. The last news on that was a few years ago. If anyone could direct me toward a copy of the book, I would be grateful and more than happy to pay for it.
Recommendations for fiction books about (among other things) middle-aged dads and dead marriages...Basically stark, non-whitewashed Real Life? [more inside]
Looking for interesting, readable (if dense) books aimed at professional colleagues, rather than the general public. [more inside]
I have recently been put in charge of a small culinary library and would like it expand its selection of food/restaurant industry memoirs - I'm having a little trouble finding non-white authors. We've got Madhur Jaffrey, Jen Lin-Liu, Gillian Clark, and I found Eddie Huang. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Thanks!
And yachts, dinghys, paddleboats, battleships, canoes, schooners, tugboats, and catamarans. I love reading about boats and life aboard them. Fiction or non-fiction, freshwater or salt, genre and era unimportant. Please recommend books about boats! [more inside]
Does anyone know of any online resource for buying ebooks of popular fiction that are in Romanian or have been translated into Romanian? I checked Amazon but couldn't find anything there. Thanks for any tips!
I'm looking for suggestions for non-fiction books of an ilk I can only describe as biographies of place; works that strongly evoke a sense of landscape. [more inside]
There are two focused book collections that I’d like to sell, preferably as lots. I’d like one to go to an academic institution. I’m indifferent to the destination of the other. I’ve never brokered deals like these before. How do I proceed? Many details and my current ideas inside. [more inside]
I’m ordering 300ish books for a children’s library. After reading this thread asking for books featuring feminist-anti-racist-queer-ally characters I realised that our collection is full of books focusing on straight, white (usually male) youth in nuclear families and it’s seriously lacking. Can you folks recommend any books to help me improve our collection? [more inside]
What books hold up so well to re-reading that it makes you suspect they were engineered that way? Are there examples of books that seem to be MUCH better on second reading? What kind of things did the author do to achieve that?
At first there was HD DVD and BluRay and there was a sales war. Presumably, both standards sold, but BluRay sold better and the consumers who bought HD DVD technology were left with junk. I'm looking for books that describe this type of process of technology standardization and adoption in technology. [more inside]
Recommend to me books about Malaysia, its history, politics, culture and society. [more inside]
Please recommended memoirs, philosophy, and/or classics on coping with death, the meaning of life, etc. [more inside]
I'm culling books and have discovered that I have 2 Pulitzer Prize winning books, first editions and signed by the author. Sadly, no dust covers. The books are A.B. Guthrie's "The Way West" and Allen Drury's "Advise and Consent." While the other books are getting donated to to a worthy non-profit, I think I'd want to sell these if I can pick up some pocket change. I've done a little research but hope the hive mind can help me, too. [more inside]
Need help finding foreign language editions of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. [more inside]
Librarians, researchers, logisticians: I'm working on a research project that centers on a court case from 1910. There appear to be only two copies of the transcript in existence. Please help me figure out my options. [more inside]
I hate everything on my Nook/Kindle/iBook shelves. I have the newest Judy Blume and Stephen King and gave up after a few pages of each. Same for three other books in half hour span. I have a feeling the solution is to do something besides read for a day or two and come back, but I love reading. If you've read something good recently, let me know? [more inside]
[Book Filter] Looking for fiction that features survivalist/prepping themes... [more inside]
A friend of mine is interested in books on surfing - like memoirs of surfers, or fiction that involves surfing. He's interested in "a good read," not a how-to manual. Can you name any good books about - or involving - surfing that would make a good read?
I'm looking for books that: 1. List different beliefs and practices of many different world cultures, both contemporary or historical cultures. 2. Are accessible, as in not needing an anthropology degree to understand them. 3. Preferably have pictures. 4. Are non-fiction, NOT a narrative with characters. I just want the facts. 5. Can be for kids or adults. 6. Preferably not internet resources because I want to minimize screen time. [more inside]
Could anyone help me identify science fiction novels whose central theme is society forgetting science? I was listening to the radio a few weeks ago and I heard a description of a novel about society moving back to pre-enlightenment levels of knowledge and I thought it sounded interesting. I don't remember any details about the book mentioned but I'm open to reading any good books about losing knowledge.
I'm embarking on Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," and won't be dissuaded (plus, I already bought a great, modern edition). I am, however, aware that some parts of it have aged better than others. What should I be keeping in mind as I read? [more inside]
Please suggest good summer reading for tween girls (11/12) who also happen to be going through their parents' divorce. [more inside]
Books that have really worked for me in recent memory: Vladimir Nabokov's stuff, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and The Secret History by Donna Tartt. All of these were totally obsessive experiences for me, and I'm not sure why. What should I read next to be similarly engrossed?
I currently work such long hours that I don't have much time to read. I can't read the types of books that I normally would want to - literary fiction - because I am too exhausted to really concentrate at night and I just don't have the time. I also don't want to be stuck in a 400 page novel for 3 months. details inside [more inside]
Asking for a friend: looking for recommendations for a book on relationships, sex, and consent that a 27-year-old brother can give to his 18-year-old sister before she leaves for university in September. [more inside]
Could I have some chapter book recommendations for a inquisitive 5 year old who will be starting kindergarten this fall? Her interests range from magical horses to robots, but she is generally open to anything that isn't too scary. The BFG was well received, but The Wind in the Willows doesn't seem to hold her attention.
What is the best/yourfavorite bedside/bathroom book? [more inside]
I'm about to start a new job managing multiple software teams working on a high-profile commercial web app. What can I read to get into the right head space to succeed? [more inside]
I'm interested in good science fiction in any format (book, film, comics, etc.) that explores that idea that we are not alone in the universe, but wildly mismatched with everybody or nearly every else in terms of civilization stages, kinds of technology, perception, etc. [more inside]
After reading the first two books in the Narnia series and realizing not everything from my childhood is going to hold up, I'd like to solicit recommendations. [more inside]
Trying to remember a book a woman next to me was reading on the subway. It was contemporary nonfiction about Israeli politics and society. The title was something intriguing and maybe a little provocative; I'm pretty sure it contained the word "Israel". It was not specifically focused on the Israel-Palestine conflict. I think she may have described it as being about shifts in political or cultural identities in Israeli society. Sound familiar?
I'm in my thirties and I just got my first 'grown-up' job. Now find me a book that teaches me grown-up finances. [more inside]
Hi! I love this site so much! I am hoping you can help me; as a kid (maybe about 10 years old, in 1991,), I read a book about sisters. The older one was (I think) a hairdresser and was bossy. The younger one and a friend got into some mischief eating buttermints that they were supposed to be selling. I've tried googling things like "My Sister the Boss", but to no avail. That's what I thought the title was....anyway, I would love if someone can help me out and tell me the title of this book! Thank you!
I am not a vegan or a vegetarian, but I would like to increase my consumption of plants. As such, I'm looking for practical vegetarian cookbooks. I don't want complex recipes that take hours of prep, I want practicality. My favorite cookbooks are The Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything. Is Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian a good option?
I'm an adult in my 30s and have just been positively screened for Autism. I'm actually really happy, because a lot of things in my life now make a lot more sense. I'd like to read on the internets stuff that autistic adults have written about their own lives. I'm interested in personal blogs and stuff that has been more formally published. Can you help? [more inside]