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Is there another book like "The Princess Bride"? [more inside]
posted by eurasian on Dec 20, 2006 - 44 answers

Books/writing on death, loss and grief.

Books/writing on death, loss and grief. [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught on Dec 19, 2006 - 41 answers

Does anyone know the kind of book I'm aiming for?

Are there any books you think a smart, grieving preteen would find comforting or of use? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Dec 17, 2006 - 15 answers

Stories that involve shadows?

Novels, short stories, movies--all are welcome. I find shadow stories spooky and interesting. My fave was a kid book called "The Shades" which explains how the shadows of people live their own lives. Know of any others?
posted by largecorp on Dec 15, 2006 - 7 answers


I need to catalogue my non-profit's library of books and videos. We want it to be accessible for students and faculty to easily see what we own and what is currently available for borrowing. I have been looking at LibraryThing, and am pretty impressed, but I can't see a way to incorporate our films, to give each item an id number, or to mark what is currently borrowed or available. Are there ways for me to do this, or would another site/software be better?
posted by arcticwoman on Dec 14, 2006 - 10 answers

Books for parents. Which one is your bible?

Books for parents. Which one is your bible? [more inside]
posted by mitocan on Dec 14, 2006 - 16 answers

What are your favorite books?

If you could buy any computer book(s) or subscribe to any tech-related journal(s), what would it (they) be? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk on Dec 13, 2006 - 10 answers

My books are rotten

Help! My books are rotten - as in they're covered in mould! Suggestions on anything I can do to save them most welcome... [more inside]
posted by Sifter on Dec 13, 2006 - 11 answers

Poetry books for girls

GiftIdeaFilter (sorry): I'm looking for suggestions for poetry books for an 8-year old girl. She's an excellent reader and likely well above her target reading level. I thought introducing her to poetry might be a nice change of pace... preferably something she won't finish by supper. Thanks!
posted by Witty on Dec 12, 2006 - 30 answers

Writers on writing?

Writers on writing? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on Dec 11, 2006 - 39 answers

An Apple a day

Children's Story Filter: Help me find a story about the Apple family. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Dec 11, 2006 - 3 answers

The Little Prince in Irish

Help me acquire The Little Prince in Irish (An Prionsa Beag.) [more inside]
posted by Captain Shenanigan on Dec 9, 2006 - 5 answers

Your all-time favorite book (fiction or non).

What is your all time favorite book (fiction or non)? [more inside]
posted by Meemer on Dec 9, 2006 - 77 answers

Good books on history of US foreign relations?

Anyone have any suggestions for insightful, well-written books on the history of U.S. foreign relations?
posted by Malad on Dec 8, 2006 - 5 answers

In search of 'E'.

How can I locate a novel named 'e' about an opthamologist (eye-doctor) obsessed with Spinoza? [more inside]
posted by unmake on Dec 8, 2006 - 5 answers

just in case reading list

What are the best survivalist's reference books? That is, if the power went out tomorrow for an indefinite period of town, what are the books on first aid, shelter, hunting, farming, nature, tool use & making etc. that you'd want to have and be familiar with?
posted by luriete on Dec 7, 2006 - 22 answers

Book recommendations that meet a specific criteria...

Looking for inspiration in two kinds of books. Perhaps you've got some recommendations? 1) Novels with very short "chapters" or fragments or pieces, that combine to make a whole; 2) Books boldly written, whether that be a writer being bold with timelines, punctuation, language, etc. (examples of both types of books inside). [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Dec 6, 2006 - 54 answers

Much to do before Christmas

Who prints the nicest editions of individual Shakespeare plays? [more inside]
posted by godawful on Dec 5, 2006 - 10 answers

How to get mySQL to ignore "A, An, & The" when presenting alphabetized book titles

mySQLfilter: How can I ignore "A, An, & The" at the beginning of book titles when sorting results alphabetically by title? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Dec 5, 2006 - 10 answers

Making a movie master list

I want to make a list of every movie and book I've ever seen/read. There are a few categorizing apps like this, but nothing I've found is very efficient. Here's my idea and tell me if it's already been done: I can search by genre, actor, director, author, etc and be given a list (preferably with the movie/book cover as a clickable icon), which I can then simply click on to go to my master list. The list then has my choices darkened (and the unclicked ones still light), so I can easily see, say, which Scorsese movie I haven't gotten to yet. Does anything like this exist? If not, it'd be a good project for me to work on (tho probably waaay over my head).
posted by zardoz on Dec 4, 2006 - 8 answers

I can't find a book.

"Highway Signs: Terror on the Road." Have you seen this book? [more inside]
posted by scratch on Dec 4, 2006 - 3 answers

+book +find +help

Where should I search in order to generate a list of all/most books published (in English, for the past 20 years or so) about a particular topic? I have a feeling that using Amazon plus my local library isn't giving me comprehensive results. Is there some kind of all-libraries database? Or all books that have been issued ISBN numbers?
posted by xo on Dec 2, 2006 - 6 answers

Best reference book for iPod?

What's the best book to get the most out of my iPod? [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Nov 30, 2006 - 4 answers

The first things you read when you open a book are...what?

I'm writing a book. What's the difference between a prologue, a foreword, an introduction, and a preface?
posted by soulbarn on Nov 29, 2006 - 12 answers

Books for Young Twins Wherein They Can See Themselves

Can you recommend any good books for toddlers/young readers in which the protagonists are twins? Bonus points for stories where the protagonists are non-identical twins
posted by anastasiav on Nov 29, 2006 - 10 answers

Looking for an half-forgotten children's book.

I'm looking for a children's book, but I have forgotten most of the salient details, including the title and author. It involved the meanderings of a worm. Each page had a sentence that included a word that was being taught to the reader. The only specific vocabulary word from the book I remember is "erudite". The book pages were black or dark with highly stylized illustrations of the worm's adventure. [more inside]
posted by spaltavian on Nov 28, 2006 - 2 answers

"It is not love that is blind, but jealousy."

What's the cheapest way to order many copies of one book (used)? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Nov 28, 2006 - 14 answers

I'd like a little Christmas tripe with my Christmas trifle, please...

I want to write a Christmas-themed essay for my book review blog, and I'm trying to come up with some Christmas lit to review. It might be fun, for instance, to gather together a selection of Christmas tripe such as Santa's Christmas Prayer (link not safe for those who have any literary sensibilities and have just eaten) and go to town on it. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, to write something about Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Which Christmas novels/stories/poems do you love and loathe? I don't review movies, so text only please...
posted by orange swan on Nov 28, 2006 - 13 answers

A good mom (book) is hard to find

Help me find a good book on mother-teen-age daughter relationships for my wife. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Nov 25, 2006 - 5 answers

Which works of Peter Handke should I read?

Any fans of Peter Handke here? I tripped over his wikipedia entry, and he seems like someone I would enjoy reading. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by hototogisu on Nov 24, 2006 - 7 answers

Pick me a Thomas Bernhard book.

I want to read something by Thomas Bernhard. I understand that his works are incredibly bleak, but that they lie on a continuum: ranging from blackly humorous to straight-up splenetic. If I am a fan of Hilary Mantel, which Bernhard book might be good to start with?
posted by everichon on Nov 21, 2006 - 11 answers

I wouldn't know Homer Price from Homer Formby anymore

Homer Price or...? Its a story about a group of juvenile inventor sorts who buy a WWII surplus midget sub at an auction and fix it up. Hilarity ensues. Old age besets the reader and he can't remember what book that was -- perhaps you do? I believe it was a collection of such misadventures.
posted by Ogre Lawless on Nov 21, 2006 - 11 answers

Book recommendations for Christmas

GiftFilter: Looking for books about either the Mexican day of the dead (think Under the Volcano) or plantation life in the West Indies (think Wide Sargasso sea.) [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Nov 21, 2006 - 2 answers

History, re- re- revised?

I just heard an NPR story about how history books have changed to reflect the books' editorial biases. For instance, the author cites aged history books changing explanation of the reason for the Mexican-American war. Have any of you MeFites done any (formal or informal) research into this phenomenon? How can I learn more?
posted by parilous on Nov 21, 2006 - 15 answers

Know any dead trees that can teach me about php and MySQL?

Recommendations for a book to teach myself php and MySQL? [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop on Nov 20, 2006 - 8 answers

I want to be a Monday morning quarterback

Please recommend a book to help me understand football better. [more inside]
posted by donnagirl on Nov 19, 2006 - 16 answers

Help me remember the name of a historical book about Jesus.

I'm looking for a book I read back in 1999/2000 about Jesus. [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Nov 17, 2006 - 5 answers

book about enchanted sword

I'm trying to remember the title of a book I read about 15 years ago. I think it was called "the sword" It was about an enchanted sword gone bad; enchanted to never leave it's master or something like that.
posted by batboy on Nov 17, 2006 - 7 answers

New Books for Xmas '09

What are some good sites for learning about future book releases? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Nov 16, 2006 - 4 answers

Where can I find books about historical events?

Where can I find some fairly easy-to-read, factual books about historical events? Amazon is overwhelming and Google is unhelpful [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Nov 16, 2006 - 22 answers

This is my question about a book

In David Foster Wallace's essay “E Unibus Plurum" he references a book with Gastro in the title, and likens it to "televisual Image Fiction." What's the full name? Is it worth reading?
posted by plexi on Nov 16, 2006 - 4 answers

Need Book Recommendations

Why are the good books these days always so disturbingly violent? Looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by vermontlife on Nov 15, 2006 - 17 answers

Should I purchase Infinite Jest now or wait for the new edition?

Is it worth waiting for the new edition of David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest' to come out in the UK? [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine on Nov 14, 2006 - 12 answers

Looking for Info on the Guilded Age

Partly because of finally seeing The Prestige I've become interested in learning more about the Gilded Age and am looking for recommendations of some good non-fiction books that cover this period in history. (note: this post is spoiler free) [more inside]
posted by kosher_jenny on Nov 12, 2006 - 14 answers

Research Strategies?

I want to find if and where a given literary critic (Mikhail Bakhtin in Rabelais and his World) comments on a specific passage (Chapter 32 of Book 2 of Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel), can anyone recommend a strategy? [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Nov 10, 2006 - 3 answers

Who wrote the novel, "Lot"?

Has anyone heard of a French novel called "Lot"? The book was mentioned in a John Hughes film (What I have Written) after the novel by John Scott. I've tried Google but no luck. [more inside]
posted by tesseract420 on Nov 10, 2006 - 8 answers

What books should be on my "personal CS degree" reading list?

I'm trying to come up with a reading list for a "personal comp. sci. degree" (along the lines of Josh Kaufman's "personal MBA" reading list). What books should be on my list? [more inside]
posted by jacobian on Nov 6, 2006 - 33 answers

Unknown book about a man who decided to be a tourist in his own home

Help me identify this book! A friend asked me this, and I quote: "book from the 17th century? about the guy who decided to be a tourist in his own home. he wrote a whole book about how he's exploring his kitchen and livingroom. finding things he'd never seen before. marveling at a cupboard he hasn't opened for a long time. stumbling upon a pretty rock underneath the carpet." There are no other clues. I told her I had no idea what it was, but now I too am curious and interested in reading it. Apparently, not even the person who recommended it to her could remember the title or the author. Any ideas?
posted by Lush on Nov 5, 2006 - 6 answers

Who is this artist?

Does anyone have any idea of the identity of the artist that created the works shown here?
posted by jonson on Nov 4, 2006 - 6 answers

Book ID: algorithms for your life?

Book ID: I'm looking for a specific self-help book circa 2004, full of step-by-step algorithms for everyday life tasks, such as applying for a job, getting satisfaction when you buy a defective product, finding a good doctor, and so on. I need the author and the title. Thanks!
posted by rwhe on Nov 4, 2006 - 2 answers

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