Realistic accounts of meth use? [more inside]
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]
Obscure children's fiction filter: What's this DC superhero book I read in the 1980s? [more inside]
Does anyone recognize what book this illustration is from? It looks pretty old. Hopefully in the public domain.
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]
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]
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]
Does anyone remember a computer book from the 80s with the author's phone number printed on the cover? [more inside]
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]
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]
Why do the pages to some hardback books have uneven, ragged edges? [more inside]
Please help me remember the title of a particular fictional, young-adult book from the 80s or maybe 90s. [more inside]
I've really enjoyed reading 'Memo from David O. Selznick' - can anyone suggest something in a similar line ? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I get rid of that musty book smell? [more inside]
What are some good children's books that have been put to song? [more inside]
I learned to read with children's books featuring Zip and Ted (tad?). Help me find them again, please! [more inside]
Can you recommend some books on the recording industry that would be helpful to someone wanting to enter the field? [more inside]
Ok, so I've read every book by Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta. What should I read next? [more inside]
Bookfilter: Recommend a good book on Leon Trotsky and Trotskyism. [more inside]
Can you point me towards good books set in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Help me find a series of illustrated children's hardcover books from the 70s/80s about the upcoming technologies of "The Future" [more inside]
What magazines are devoted to reviewing non-fiction books? [more inside]
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.
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?
Is there an ebook system that let's you flip between reading text and listening to the text read to you? [more inside]
Hypothetical Question: You're going to Africa for the Peace Corps, and your luggage space is extremely limited. What reading material would you bring with you to last you, oh, let's say a year? [more inside]
Does anyone have suggestions for old DIY or how-to books? I'm thinking 1950s or older. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good history of the New Left in the US in the 1960s? If possible I'd prefer a broader overview than a narrow focus (e.g. not a book that only deals with the SDS or Port Huron statement).
How can I go about getting an assortment of old books, jewelry, silverware, furniture, coins, currency, and papers assessed? [more inside]
Help me find a few great books for a 10+ hour flight. I love Sophie's World, Lolita, 1984 and investigative journalism. [more inside]
Help me find the perfect book(s) to make my summer complete. I've got a strong preference for almost realistic horror and things that might creep me out. Bonus points for books that involve old school sanitariums. Of course you'll find more specifications in the [more inside]
Is there a used book buyer in Seattle you've found to be more generous than another? I want to get the best deal on my 6 bags of various and sundry books. Thanks.
I have quite a few books that I bought used that have cracked spines. They're not to the point where I need to rebind them, but I'd like to do everything I can do to keep them from reaching that point. Suggestions? [more inside]
What are some good books on Postmodernist literature? [more inside]
Online marketing - tools for keeping track of the tools? [more inside]
Few books have given me as much sheer joy as Bringhurst's "The Elements of Typographic Style". Tufte's "Visual Explanations" is also up there in terms of content and presentation. What other exceedingly well researched, written and designed non-fiction books would you recommend for somebody interested in Design, Architecture, Programming, Information Visualization, Maps, Math, Music and Science? [more inside]
What books should I read if I want to impress women? (NOTE: I am NOT looking for books on 'how to pick up chicks') [more inside]
Can someone recommend a good book (or books) about the Falklands War? Preferably something for the casual but interested reader.
Wanted: 'WAI for dummkopfs'. Please recommend your favourite dead tree books on web design, usability, accessibility - or anything you wish the average corporate webmaster knew. [more inside]
Help me find a new (I think) nonfiction book about Germany in World War II. All I know about it: It MAY have been recently mentioned in the NY Times (a search there failed) and one memorable scene. In the scene, a German pilot writes about flying over Normandy on D-Day, seeing the sheer mass of the Allied force, and knowing right then that the war was lost for his country. I know it's not much to go on, but can anyone help?
Say I did a five minute podcast about books (promoting new titles or backlist I love), could I read a small section of the book (less than five minutes worth) without getting permission?
Someone told me about a book in which a woman character says two prayers every day: in the morning, "Whatever!" and before bed, "Oh well!" Anyone know the title?
I need to learn about paper. Specifically, I need to know where, if you were trying to write a medieval-looking text (Like a prop Necronomicon for an amateur production of Army of Darkness), you would get that thin, wispy parchment type paper. [more inside]
I love finding books and authors who have been forgotten until a long time fan decides to make their work available again through some labor of love small press. Do you know of a publisher that has a somewhat esoteric focus along these lines? Who are they? Fiction or non is fine. It doesn't have to be someone who republishes old books though. If you know a house that has great taste with contemporary authors, go ahead and share. I would also like to hear about small presses that do particularly beautiful editions of good reading books as long as they are reasonably priced (barely breaking a $100). I've got a few examples inside. [more inside]
MeFi Women: I am working on a book for girls that will feature a chapter on books that every girl should read -- books that changed your life, so to speak, and that you'd want your daughter to read before she's grown up. My list so far is inside. What would you add to it? (or boot from it?) [more inside]
Recommendations for well-written narrative nonfiction books about Seattle? [more inside]
What are the best books I can buy to learn how to become a proficient newspaper copy editor?
Help me recommend a historical novel to my mother. [more inside]