What are some good books and magazines related to social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and the Fourth Sector? [more inside]
I am looking for a business book that reflects the way business is really done. [more inside]
I need recommendations of some books for Excel and Access. I'm looking for something referency, but still readable. [more inside]
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]
Where can I read the entire plot of Murakami's Wind up Bird Chronicle ? [more inside]
LibraryFilter: What helps / hinders you in your use of the public library? [more inside]
Books About Work. [more inside]
I've just finished my first novel, now how do I revise this thing? [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
I'm looking for books with quirky storylines or quirky characters doing strange things. [more inside]
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?
Recommendations for books with bumbling wizards? [more inside]
Help me choose some books to nominate for book club. No, no, no, this one's a tad more complicated. :) [more inside]
Looking for books about or by female travelers/adventurers/volunteers abroad. [more inside]
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]
Classic Novel filter : What would be considered classics in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s? Must reads? [more inside]
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]
How do you acquire a good literary agent? [more inside]
Any recommendations for a book set in Budapest or Hungary? [more inside]
Please help this slacker choose a startlingly good book group book TODAY. [more inside]
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]
What's the best way to pace yourself when reading? [more inside]
I want to start teaching myself physics, but how? [more inside]
Help me explore my new found interest in formal logic. [more inside]
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]
What were the "Battle of the Books" books in Canada in the early to mid- 90s? [more inside]
How can I read this scary book without going crazy? This may sound silly, but I swear it's serious.... [more inside]
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]
What's your favorite math reference book, specifically for integrals? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
Gimme your recommendations for children's books, in French (...the books, not your two cents, natch). [more inside]
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]
Please recommend novels whose heroines are similar to the protagonist of Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym? [more inside]
What are some good recommendations for recent fiction/film with NO romantic entanglements? [more inside]
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]
If I buy only one intro book on graphic design, what should it be? [more inside]
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]
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?
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?
Lost childhood books filter: This is a weird one [more inside]
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]
Recommendations for books about religion & theology - phenomenology of, anthropological, sociological, etc. [more inside]
What's a good book about eugenics? [more inside]
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]
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]
What are the all-time best science fiction novels which depict Artificial Intelligence? [more inside]