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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 - 19 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

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 - 28 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

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