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Give me an amazing 12 hours with an audio book. rocks. I have listened to two books a month on various devices for the past six years, and the well of known winners is getting a bit dry. Help me (and anyone else who is interested) find some great new finds from Audible's collections, especially in nonfiction or science fiction/fantasy. A few conditions (and my suggestions) inside... [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah on May 21, 2007 - 20 answers

What are some good movies that have faithfully represented the book they're based on?

So many of my favourite books have been turned into bad movies. I'm trying to find more movies that properly represent their source material. Your recommendations, please? [more inside]
posted by h00py on May 21, 2007 - 90 answers

A Great World History Book

Which is the greatest world history book you know about? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope on May 19, 2007 - 23 answers

Books for the desert

Looking for a few good books.... I am going on deployment to the "desert" for 6-7 months and will have an abundance of time on my hands. What books would y'all recommend? [more inside]
posted by aggienfo on May 18, 2007 - 50 answers

Find that book!

It's another find that book I read as a kid question! [more inside]
posted by macfly on May 18, 2007 - 10 answers

Building a home library

Avid readers: In twenty years, am I going to regret the fact that I only checked books out of the library, rather than amassing my own collection? I read about a book or two a week, and my budget could stand buying 3-4 used books a month.
posted by footnote on May 18, 2007 - 57 answers

Biography of Ataturk?

Can anyone recommend a good book about Atatürk? [more inside]
posted by kosem on May 16, 2007 - 4 answers

What is this show I remember?

Was anyone watching PBS in the early 90's? Help me find my childhood, and a Beauty and the Beast short television program! [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on May 16, 2007 - 3 answers

Book about Rock Music

I don't remember the original question, but someone answered a post a while back with a recommendation for a book on the history of rock music. Lots of others chimed in and agreed that the book was what was it? Sorry I can't remember any other details.
posted by richmondparker on May 14, 2007 - 5 answers

Need help identifying 80's fantasy book series

I'm looking for help identifying three fantasy book series (presumed) from the mid 80s. See below for details on each of the three. [more inside]
posted by gyrom on May 14, 2007 - 9 answers

What are some good books or movies (fiction or non-fiction) that are based around animals, natural disasters, viruses (or all 3)?

What are some good books or movies (fiction or non-fiction) that are based around animals, natural disasters, viruses (or all 3)? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on May 12, 2007 - 31 answers

Help me find a good ebook in a forest of mediocrity!

I love to read ebooks (especially science fiction or fantasy) but I need some help finding good ones. The existing ebook sites like Fictionwise are terribly organized, and tend to have more obscure titles, rather than standard favorites. So, hive-mind, any good ebook sites you would suggest? Any good ebook finds in the science fiction and fantasy genre you would recommend? [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah on May 10, 2007 - 17 answers

Looking to perform textbook surgery.

I'm looking to cut down a 1000+ page textbook into more manageable and portable chunks. Best practices? What should I watch out for? Most importantly - how do I keep the separated pieces from falling apart? [more inside]
posted by Xere on May 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Great Books?

What books should a Harvard-graduate have read? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on May 4, 2007 - 46 answers

One-sitting reads?

What are some great books that aren't hideously long? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 4, 2007 - 79 answers

Older book a la "A Dangerous Book for Boys"?

Help me find the name and a copy of a book similar in concept to the newer A Dangerous Book for Boys. [more inside]
posted by Soulbee on May 4, 2007 - 8 answers

Favorite used book sites online?

What are your favorite resources for buying dirt-cheap used books online? [more inside]
posted by willie11 on May 3, 2007 - 21 answers

US versions of a book to the UK

How can I order a US edition of a book from the UK? [more inside]
posted by like_neon on May 2, 2007 - 19 answers

Where do I buy the Chinese version of Soul Mountain?

Where do I buy the book "Soul Mountain" by Gao Xingjian -- written in Chinese? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Apr 30, 2007 - 6 answers

The Pistol and The Killer

Sports Bio Recomendations. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Apr 28, 2007 - 19 answers

Poor student wants $ back

What is the best site/method for selling back textbooks? [more inside]
posted by rglass on Apr 28, 2007 - 16 answers

Looking for a copy of a rare book for a present to a professor!

I'm looking for a place to find a rare copy of a theological text as a present for a retiring professor. [more inside]
posted by Mali on Apr 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Help my mother get into MP3s

Looking for a way to get my 60 year old mother into the mp3 generation. My mother is 62 once a hippy now a conservite. Her viewing pleasure on tv include CNN, Greys atonomy, Heroes, and Lost to name a few other things. She is addicted to audio book cassettes (alot of mystery stuff growing up she like murder she wrote but the climate of tv has changed and so has her taste) and i am trying to find her some podcast that might be up her alley (she likes to garden, cook, drink and is a dog and cat lover ) since i am not a 62 year old woman and have no idea what podcast most would find interesting i have decide to consult the hive mind for answers. I am doing this in hopes to get her to abandon the tape format of audio books and move into the digital information age of podcasting i think she might enjoy it more since she typical spends large amounts of time traveling for her job. I think it will be easier and more beneficial in the long run to get her moving on this technology while she is flexible enough to adapt to it.
posted by Rolandkorn on Apr 26, 2007 - 9 answers

How does Half Price Books determine the trade in value of books/cds/dvds?

How does Half Price Books determine the trade in value of books/cds/dvds? [more inside]
posted by snowleopard on Apr 25, 2007 - 16 answers

he said/she said

Looking for good books with alternating narration. [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Apr 25, 2007 - 43 answers

Identify this black comedy

Identify this book: Black comedy involving doctors and nurses with sentences ALL IN CAPS. Published in the last five years. British female author.
posted by ninebelow on Apr 25, 2007 - 4 answers

Help Me Title My Vonnegut Tribute Event

I'm holding a event in the Seattle area recognizing author Kurt Vonnegut, who recently passed away. A number of people from the local literary, artistic, and library communities will be reading passages of his writing and speaking. I'm looking for a good title for the event; I think "So It Goes" has been overused. Any ideas?
posted by bokinney on Apr 24, 2007 - 30 answers

Packing slightly damp books for storage

I'm planning on storing a large amount of (very slightly damp) books. Advice required. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Apr 24, 2007 - 5 answers

War, lit, What is it good for?

What is some classic or essential war literature? [more inside]
posted by Packy_1962 on Apr 23, 2007 - 74 answers

Baby and books, coexisting peacefully?

How can we protect our baby from our books, and our books from our baby, without permanently uglifying our shelves? [more inside]
posted by moira on Apr 23, 2007 - 20 answers

Looking for epistolary novels

BookFilter: I've recently gotten done with Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger (link here). I'm looking for more books like it. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 23, 2007 - 19 answers

Feed my travel habit while I'm stuck at home.

I'm looking for quality information about medicine, life in Third World countries, Doctors Without Borders and similar organizations, travel, expat experiences, etc. [more inside]
posted by snoogles on Apr 22, 2007 - 8 answers

Books About Online Culture?

Book filter: I am looking for recommendations for recent books written about online culture for a Sociology course I am teaching this summer. The book doesn't need to be sociological.
posted by Quartermass on Apr 20, 2007 - 14 answers

Novels Including or Focusing on Pregnancy

BookFilter: I’m pregnant and would love recommendations for fictional books including or centering on pregnant characters. [more inside]
posted by lynda on Apr 20, 2007 - 24 answers

Please help me identify this cover artist

Could someone please help me identify the artist for this cover of the 1967 reprint of William Sloane's The Edge of Running Water? [more inside]
posted by maldrin on Apr 19, 2007 - 1 answer

Braaaaaains and booooooze

Suggestions for bars/restaurants in metro Boston that would be good for a book club meeting on "World War Z" by Max Brooks? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Apr 19, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me become employed in NYC - Preferably in Publishing

I'm in an unusual situation and it's proving extremely difficult to change things. Short version: I've been out of work for five years mostly due to severe depression, anxiety, and an abusive relationship, and have been trying to establish myself since recovering with no luck. I'm a bookworm with a degree who seeks an entry-level publishing position, but will take other (hopefully related, but not an absolute requirement right now) positions in the interest of establishing a recent job history for myself. (Extra long version inside...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2007 - 36 answers

Puzzle/adventure book about finding Atlantis?

I'm trying to find a puzzle/adventure book from my childhood. It was about Atlantis and it was beautifully illustrated... ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Apr 17, 2007 - 5 answers

1. ISBN 2. Web Service 3. ??? 4. Profit

I need to know which book-related web service/API is best (most complete archive, most up-to-date, most metadata) for looking up information about books given an ISBN-10 or ISBN-13. [more inside]
posted by basicchannel on Apr 17, 2007 - 10 answers

New book published service ?

Can anyone recommend a service which will ping me if an author publishes a new book ?
posted by matholio on Apr 16, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me find a book finder...

Book search with price comparison. [more inside]
posted by vincentm on Apr 16, 2007 - 10 answers

How to hunt out great books and good authors?

As I get older (and possibly more cantankerous) I'm becoming less willing to spend good money on potentially bad books (well, maybe not bad per se, but books I don't enjoy). Once upon a time, in the increasingly dim past, I used to purchase many books on the assumption that some would prove worth reading. Now, books are becoming increasingly expensive in Australia, and I'm consequently becoming more and more demanding that the book be worth reading before I part with my cash. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful on Apr 15, 2007 - 41 answers

Easiest way to donate books to soldiers?

Is there a super-simple way to donate a bunch of books to soldiers serving overseas? [more inside]
posted by unmake on Apr 13, 2007 - 11 answers

Fairytales for grownups

I loved fairy tales as a child, and now that I am (nominally) a grownup, I love the "retellings" of fairytales — the fleshed-out versions which, for example, feature actual character development instead of lines like "she was as beautiful as she was good". I love Robin McKinley's retellings of "Donkeyskin", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Beauty and the Beast" (which she did twice for good measure), and Gregory Maguire's surprisingly political Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. What other good grown-up fairytales are out there?
posted by orange swan on Apr 11, 2007 - 60 answers

How to become a typography connoisseur?

I find myself fascinated with the intricacies of typography, punctuation, character sets etc. What books should a newbie read to become a connoisseur on these matters? [more inside]
posted by lifeless on Apr 11, 2007 - 15 answers

Summer reading in IR

What are the must-read books on international relations? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Apr 11, 2007 - 11 answers

What is this grotesque, possibly German short story?

Help me remember the name and author of this short story. The pathetic male main character is abused and humiliated by an abusive female character (his wife, I think). The culmination involves some sort of grotesque and humiliating performance by the main character at a party, arranged by the wife. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Apr 9, 2007 - 12 answers

What's the story about the state-handicapped dancers?

What is the story I've been trying to remember? It's about a future where everyone who excels is handicapped by the state. [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Apr 9, 2007 - 13 answers

What are all of the Brown Paper School Book titles?

Is anyone else here familiar with the Brown Paper School books published by Little, Brown & Co.? I am trying to find a definitive listing of all of the books in this series. [more inside]
posted by drfu on Apr 8, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me find a specific book about Chinese culture -- don't know the title or author...

Help me find a specific book about Chinese culture -- don't know the title or author...The book is supposedly quite scandalous. [more inside]
posted by dzot on Apr 7, 2007 - 3 answers

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