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Social Entreprenuership in Print

What are some good books and magazines related to social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and the Fourth Sector? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 9, 2007 - 4 answers

Recommend me a good book on business corruption?

I am looking for a business book that reflects the way business is really done. [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Oct 8, 2007 - 20 answers

Help me chose books for Access and Excel!

I need recommendations of some books for Excel and Access. I'm looking for something referency, but still readable. [more inside]
posted by chrispy108 on Oct 8, 2007 - 6 answers


Please help identify a book I read as a child in the late 80s or early 90s. It was either a series of books on ghosts, vampires, etc., or maybe just one book broken down into sections. Humorous text describing different types of each creature, with black and white line drawings. I remember the tone being funny, not scary. Bonus scifi name-this-book inside if this one isn't ringing a bell. [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Oct 5, 2007 - 4 answers

Spoil this crazy long book for me.

Where can I read the entire plot of Murakami's Wind up Bird Chronicle ? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Sep 30, 2007 - 6 answers

Using Your Library

LibraryFilter: What helps / hinders you in your use of the public library? [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Sep 29, 2007 - 77 answers

Work Books

Books About Work. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Sep 26, 2007 - 44 answers

I've got a mini-door stop, now how do I revise it?

I've just finished my first novel, now how do I revise this thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2007 - 17 answers

How can a library hold the best book sale ever?

Best practices for library book sales? My librarian friend is hosting her first book sale (that is, she's free to run it differently than it has been run for years) and is looking for ideas to make it a fun, profitable and successful event. What kinds of things make a book sale really work? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Sep 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Favorite History of Science Books

What are the best history of science books for the intelligent layperson? Some examples along these lines include Richard Rhodes' "The Making of the Atomic Bomb", David Bodanis' "E=mc2" and Dava Sobel's "Longitude"; books which mix equally well the explanation of scientific concepts with historical/biographical storytelling, and are not intended for practitioners of the field. In addition to general suggestions, specific recommendations about the history of probability & statistics and the history of science in the ancient/medieval world would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
posted by lorenzism on Sep 22, 2007 - 37 answers

Depress me!

Deforestation. Extinction. Soil depletion. Toxicity. Mental illness. Mass imprisonment. Neocolonialism. Etceterugh. What should one read for a better comprehension of just what the hell we're doing to the planet, ourselves, and eachother? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Sep 21, 2007 - 45 answers

Delving into the realm of the quirky through books

I'm looking for books with quirky storylines or quirky characters doing strange things. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 20, 2007 - 60 answers

Help me remember a children's book from long ago...

Trying to remember a particular children's book. I remember two details (and keep in mind that I might be conflating two different books). I think it was set in New York, in an Orthodox Jewish family, in the past century. One of the characters (I think a girl) likes to buy a pretzel stick and lick the salt off first. And the house rule for dinner was: eat veg first, then rice, then meat, then dessert. If you didn't finish one course, you didn't get the next. Any thoughts on what this book(s) could be?
posted by Ollie on Sep 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Books with bumbling wizards?

Recommendations for books with bumbling wizards? [more inside]
posted by killjoy on Sep 18, 2007 - 32 answers

Book Club Bleg

Help me choose some books to nominate for book club. No, no, no, this one's a tad more complicated. :) [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Sep 17, 2007 - 3 answers

Good Travel Writing by/about Women.

Looking for books about or by female travelers/adventurers/volunteers abroad. [more inside]
posted by zhivota on Sep 17, 2007 - 26 answers

Intelligent, clever, recent novel suggestions?

What are some intelligent, very clever (funny is OK, but not necessary) recent novels that are readable but not trashy? Think along the lines of Zadie Smith's White Teeth and Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Avoiding verbosity (Rushdie) and anachronism (The Great Gatsby, etc.), what's left? [more inside]
posted by stvspl on Sep 16, 2007 - 52 answers

Classics of 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.

Classic Novel filter : What would be considered classics in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s? Must reads? [more inside]
posted by boyinmiami on Sep 14, 2007 - 37 answers

How do you explain God, death, and infinity to a 5-year old?

How do you explain God, death, and infinity to a 5-year old? Please recommend a book or online resource for explaining philosophy, existentialism, and other abstract concepts to a young child not yet capable of abstract cognitions. [more inside]
posted by jujube on Sep 13, 2007 - 45 answers

book star

How do you acquire a good literary agent? [more inside]
posted by plexi on Sep 13, 2007 - 5 answers

Pre-vacation reading

Any recommendations for a book set in Budapest or Hungary? [more inside]
posted by CiaoMela on Sep 12, 2007 - 19 answers

What should we read to be entertained and enlightened?

Please help this slacker choose a startlingly good book group book TODAY. [more inside]
posted by thoughtless on Sep 12, 2007 - 38 answers

You can't handle the Truth

A long time ago I read in a larger work of fiction a story about Truth. The story compared Galileo to another person in history. Galileo recanted in front of the Church the truth he spoke about the Earth orbiting the Sun because his belief in it did not matter to the truth of the statement ("and yet she moves"). The other person (was his name "bruno"?) stated that he was the brother of Jesus (or something similar). And the Church killed him for it because he would not recant the statement. The author says that if he would have recanted, the statement would have been false. What book was it? [more inside]
posted by about_time on Sep 11, 2007 - 13 answers

What's the best way to pace yourself when reading?

What's the best way to pace yourself when reading? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Sep 11, 2007 - 9 answers


I want to start teaching myself physics, but how? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Sep 11, 2007 - 12 answers

Formal logic text reccomendations

Help me explore my new found interest in formal logic. [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou on Sep 9, 2007 - 21 answers

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

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