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What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?

What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople? [more inside]
posted by limon on Sep 8, 2007 - 237 answers

Battle of the Books

What were the "Battle of the Books" books in Canada in the early to mid- 90s? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Sep 7, 2007 - 4 answers

I'm afraid of a book!

How can I read this scary book without going crazy? This may sound silly, but I swear it's serious.... [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Sep 7, 2007 - 24 answers

What is the name of this children's book?

I'm trying to remember the name of a children's book I read when I was younger. I think it was about a guy who had his own names for everything (including fire), then one day his house caught fire and his daughter (or servant?) couldn't tell him, because she couldn't remember the word. [more inside]
posted by mrnutty on Sep 6, 2007 - 7 answers

Favorite Integral Tables?

What's your favorite math reference book, specifically for integrals? [more inside]
posted by kiltedtaco on Sep 5, 2007 - 13 answers


About ten years ago, maybe more, a book came out that was a modern re-telling of Lysistrata. Can't remember the name. Anybody know?
posted by Ollie on Sep 4, 2007 - 3 answers

Books to learn computer networking.

Please recommend some canonical books (or even e-books) to learn networking in general (on par with a CS major), up to an 'intermediate' level. Including stuff on wireless networking and security concerns. [more inside]
posted by philomathoholic on Aug 31, 2007 - 9 answers

When was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea first published?

When was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea first published? Using search engines, I get answers that say 1868, 1869, 1870, 1873, and 1873. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Aug 31, 2007 - 7 answers

Esc-que vous m'aidez?

Gimme your recommendations for children's books, in French (...the books, not your two cents, natch). [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom on Aug 27, 2007 - 24 answers

What Pen scanner should I buy?

I'm thinking of purchasing a pen scanner to use for my research. The Irispen, C Pen, and Quicklink lines seem to be the most commonly used. Can anyone advise me on which one to buy? [more inside]
posted by historybuff on Aug 27, 2007 - 3 answers

Oh, Mildred Lathbury! Where have you gone?

Please recommend novels whose heroines are similar to the protagonist of Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym? [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on Aug 23, 2007 - 16 answers

Down On Love.

What are some good recommendations for recent fiction/film with NO romantic entanglements? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Aug 23, 2007 - 39 answers

Searching for book preview publication

I'm hoping one of the many other librarians on AskMefi can help me track down a resource I'm looking for. It was a semi-annual publication with descriptions of upcoming books--usually there was one published seasonally (and/or in time for ALA), plus various special issues. [more inside]
posted by leesh on Aug 20, 2007 - 2 answers

What graphic design book to buy?

If I buy only one intro book on graphic design, what should it be? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Aug 17, 2007 - 10 answers

My sister who rarely reads has come to me for book suggestions. Please help me suggest books that might make her a lifetime reader.

My sister who rarely reads has come to me for book suggestions. Please help me suggest books that might make her a lifetime reader. [more inside]
posted by Paul KC on Aug 16, 2007 - 73 answers

Eagle, Alaska ????

I am rereading John McFees "Coming Into The Country" and I find myself wondering the same thing that I did the last time I read it. That is, "What are all those people in Eagle, Alaska doing now?" I found a nice aerial view on Google maps, and a site for their historical museum, however, what I would like to find is another book. Any suggestions?
posted by haikuku on Aug 15, 2007 - 3 answers

Remember these maze books from the seventies?

When I was a kid in the 70's, I was an avid solver of a series of mazes published in books by an author with a Russian name (I remember it as Vladimir something). They were the kind of paperback books sold in the games section of bookstores, that you were supposed to write in like you do with crossword puzzle books. The mazes were simple, black-and-white, in a variety of shapes, and not gimmicky, just quite challenging (they were intended for grownups, not kids). Does anyone remember these books and can help me find them again?
posted by matildaben on Aug 14, 2007 - 4 answers

Hazy memories

Lost childhood books filter: This is a weird one [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Aug 13, 2007 - 4 answers

Mejore Mi Castellano

I need to read something in Spanish. I want excellent writing, with involving plots, and it must be in print. Good detective fiction perhaps? [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke on Aug 6, 2007 - 22 answers

add to wish list, rinse, repeat

Recommendations for books about religion & theology - phenomenology of, anthropological, sociological, etc. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Aug 3, 2007 - 15 answers

regarding eugenics

What's a good book about eugenics? [more inside]
posted by Tbola on Aug 2, 2007 - 22 answers

Good books about 'unexplained' phenomena?

What are some well-written, readily-available books about, for want of a better term, ‘the unexplained:’ apparently psychic phenomena, apparitions, telepathy, and the like? [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on Aug 2, 2007 - 18 answers

Long Shot-Children's ABC book from 60s-70s?

Can anyone tell me the title (or author, ISBN #, any other info) of a children's alphabet book-probably published late-1960s or early 1970s, featuring fantastical creatures chasing other fantastical creatures? [more inside]
posted by MsElaineous on Aug 1, 2007 - 13 answers

The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. -- B. F. Skinner

What are the all-time best science fiction novels which depict Artificial Intelligence? [more inside]
posted by archae on Aug 1, 2007 - 37 answers

Meth stories?

Realistic accounts of meth use? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jul 31, 2007 - 51 answers

Entertain me in print.

I'm looking for a good book to take on a vacation: nothing too heavy, but nothing too brain-dead. (Too heavy=Shake hands with the devil, Guns Germs and Steel, etc. Too brain dead = Shopaholic-type books, drugstore mysteries, etc). I want good writing without having to think too much. Something along the lines of The Corrections or The Time Traveller's Wife would be great. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Jul 30, 2007 - 52 answers

Your peanut-butter-eating days are over, miscreant

Obscure children's fiction filter: What's this DC superhero book I read in the 1980s? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Jul 27, 2007 - 14 answers

What is this image from?

Does anyone recognize what book this illustration is from? It looks pretty old. Hopefully in the public domain.
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Jul 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Searching for a book giving animal names in multiple languages

This is a little esoteric (or silly), but does anyone know of a book that gives the words for various animals in multiple languages? [more inside]
posted by leesh on Jul 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Books for a boy

Help me come up with a set of books suitable for a 4 year old boy that are classic (even new "classics" are welcome), offer a good narrative, and will be a nice counterpoint to his shelf of truck related books. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Jul 26, 2007 - 40 answers

I should be working right now

I'm looking for books and essays that would be the opposite of the Getting Things Done (GTD), Lifehacker, productivity, personal time management, etc., wave of blogs on the internets. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink on Jul 25, 2007 - 36 answers

Can you identify this computer book from the 80s?

Does anyone remember a computer book from the 80s with the author's phone number printed on the cover? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos on Jul 25, 2007 - 6 answers

What are the best books for learning about other solar/planetary systems?

What are some of the best non-fiction books out there written by legitimate scientific authors (not psuedo-science) that discuss other galaxies, and specifically, solar/planetary systems outside of our own solar system? [more inside]
posted by jspierre on Jul 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Intelligent page turners

Recommend some bed-time and weekend fiction or non-fiction reading that will keep me enthralled after a long day or a long week [more inside]
posted by objdoc on Jul 22, 2007 - 31 answers

Why do the pages to some hardback books have uneven, ragged edges?

Why do the pages to some hardback books have uneven, ragged edges? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Jul 22, 2007 - 5 answers

Will you help me remember the title of this book?

Please help me remember the title of a particular fictional, young-adult book from the 80s or maybe 90s. [more inside]
posted by poopdbq on Jul 21, 2007 - 5 answers

I liked 'Memo from David O. Selznick' - something similar ?

I've really enjoyed reading 'Memo from David O. Selznick' - can anyone suggest something in a similar line ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Jul 21, 2007 - 4 answers

the secret life of Spanish-language online booksellers

I'd like to buy a copy of The Secret Life of Plants... In Spanish. Two seem to be available, for upwards of $40. Help me track down cheaper ones as a gift for a fantastic new friend. [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover on Jul 18, 2007 - 3 answers

Seeking reading material before jumping into a master's in applied math...

Starting this fall, I plan on taking some preparatory undergrad coursework with the intention of eventually applying to a master's program in applied mathematics. I am seeking suggestions for reading material concerning the field of mathematics in general, both as a refresher and as insight into current focus areas and work being done. As a working engineer, my situation and background might be a bit different from most considering this route... [more inside]
posted by Bugg on Jul 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Ah, The Rank, Musty Smell of Knowledge

How do I get rid of that musty book smell? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jul 13, 2007 - 7 answers

Sing Me This Book!

What are some good children's books that have been put to song? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jul 12, 2007 - 16 answers

Help me find Zip and Ted

I learned to read with children's books featuring Zip and Ted (tad?). Help me find them again, please! [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Jul 12, 2007 - 11 answers

Recommend Some Books For Breaking In To The Music Industry

Can you recommend some books on the recording industry that would be helpful to someone wanting to enter the field? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool on Jul 11, 2007 - 13 answers

Books for someone who loves Hornby and Perrotta

Ok, so I've read every book by Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta. What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by einarorn on Jul 11, 2007 - 25 answers

Help Me Before the Revolution Commences. . .

Bookfilter: Recommend a good book on Leon Trotsky and Trotskyism. [more inside]
posted by boubelium on Jul 10, 2007 - 6 answers

Books set in Los Angeles.

Can you point me towards good books set in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Durin's Bane on Jul 10, 2007 - 41 answers

The Future of War?

Help me find a series of illustrated children's hardcover books from the 70s/80s about the upcoming technologies of "The Future" [more inside]
posted by Ryvar on Jul 10, 2007 - 11 answers

Magazines covering non-fiction books?

What magazines are devoted to reviewing non-fiction books? [more inside]
posted by pb on Jul 8, 2007 - 8 answers

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1899...

I'm looking for books (in English) about Paris in 1899 for a research project. General cultural history is fine, as is a slightly broader period (1890-1910), but I'm looking for more than just a section in a larger French history book. Ideally, I'd find something like Margaret MacMillan's Paris 1919, but for 1899. I'm having difficulty finding something this specific via Google/Amazon/the library, as there are thousands of listings for "Paris", so I'm hoping you'll recommend books you've enjoyed or found useful.
posted by judith on Jul 7, 2007 - 9 answers

Which Edward Tufte book should a scientist read?

My mom's a research scientist; I've convinced her to get an Edward Tufte book (partly because she uses Powerpoint a lot). Which one should she get?
posted by Tlogmer on Jul 6, 2007 - 19 answers

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