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Meth stories?

Realistic accounts of meth use? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jul 31, 2007 - 51 answers

Entertain me in print.

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]
posted by Kololo on Jul 30, 2007 - 52 answers

Your peanut-butter-eating days are over, miscreant

Obscure children's fiction filter: What's this DC superhero book I read in the 1980s? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Jul 27, 2007 - 14 answers

What is this image from?

Does anyone recognize what book this illustration is from? It looks pretty old. Hopefully in the public domain.
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Jul 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Searching for a book giving animal names in multiple languages

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]
posted by leesh on Jul 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Books for a boy

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]
posted by chickaboo on Jul 26, 2007 - 40 answers

I should be working right now

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]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink on Jul 25, 2007 - 36 answers

Can you identify this computer book from the 80s?

Does anyone remember a computer book from the 80s with the author's phone number printed on the cover? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos on Jul 25, 2007 - 6 answers

What are the best books for learning about other solar/planetary systems?

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]
posted by jspierre on Jul 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Intelligent page turners

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]
posted by objdoc on Jul 22, 2007 - 31 answers

Why do the pages to some hardback books have uneven, ragged edges?

Why do the pages to some hardback books have uneven, ragged edges? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Jul 22, 2007 - 5 answers

Will you help me remember the title of this book?

Please help me remember the title of a particular fictional, young-adult book from the 80s or maybe 90s. [more inside]
posted by poopdbq on Jul 21, 2007 - 5 answers

I liked 'Memo from David O. Selznick' - something similar ?

I've really enjoyed reading 'Memo from David O. Selznick' - can anyone suggest something in a similar line ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Jul 21, 2007 - 4 answers

the secret life of Spanish-language online booksellers

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]
posted by soviet sleepover on Jul 18, 2007 - 3 answers

Seeking reading material before jumping into a master's in applied math...

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]
posted by Bugg on Jul 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Ah, The Rank, Musty Smell of Knowledge

How do I get rid of that musty book smell? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jul 13, 2007 - 7 answers

Sing Me This Book!

What are some good children's books that have been put to song? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jul 12, 2007 - 16 answers

Help me find Zip and Ted

I learned to read with children's books featuring Zip and Ted (tad?). Help me find them again, please! [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Jul 12, 2007 - 11 answers

Recommend Some Books For Breaking In To The Music Industry

Can you recommend some books on the recording industry that would be helpful to someone wanting to enter the field? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool on Jul 11, 2007 - 13 answers

Books for someone who loves Hornby and Perrotta

Ok, so I've read every book by Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta. What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by einarorn on Jul 11, 2007 - 25 answers

Help Me Before the Revolution Commences. . .

Bookfilter: Recommend a good book on Leon Trotsky and Trotskyism. [more inside]
posted by boubelium on Jul 10, 2007 - 6 answers

Books set in Los Angeles.

Can you point me towards good books set in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Durin's Bane on Jul 10, 2007 - 41 answers

The Future of War?

Help me find a series of illustrated children's hardcover books from the 70s/80s about the upcoming technologies of "The Future" [more inside]
posted by Ryvar on Jul 10, 2007 - 11 answers

Magazines covering non-fiction books?

What magazines are devoted to reviewing non-fiction books? [more inside]
posted by pb on Jul 8, 2007 - 8 answers

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1899...

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.
posted by judith on Jul 7, 2007 - 9 answers

Which Edward Tufte book should a scientist read?

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?
posted by Tlogmer on Jul 6, 2007 - 19 answers

Text and Audible ebook combined?

Is there an ebook system that let's you flip between reading text and listening to the text read to you? [more inside]
posted by wflanagan on Jul 6, 2007 - 4 answers

If you were doing the Peace Corps, what reading material would you bring with you?

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]
posted by jordanian2 on Jul 5, 2007 - 48 answers

Old DIY books

Does anyone have suggestions for old DIY or how-to books? I'm thinking 1950s or older. [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Jul 5, 2007 - 9 answers

Book on the US New Left in the '60s?

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).
posted by patricio on Jul 4, 2007 - 10 answers

Trash or cash?

How can I go about getting an assortment of old books, jewelry, silverware, furniture, coins, currency, and papers assessed? [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Jul 3, 2007 - 1 answer

Books please?

Help me find a few great books for a 10+ hour flight. I love Sophie's World, Lolita, 1984 and investigative journalism. [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse on Jul 3, 2007 - 29 answers

Help me find the perfect book to read this summer!

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]
posted by tastybrains on Jul 3, 2007 - 25 answers

Most generous book buyer in Seattle?

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.
posted by tristeza on Jul 1, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I keep books with a cracked spine from worsening?

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]
posted by JoshTeeters on Jun 30, 2007 - 17 answers

Who writes about Postmodernism, anyway?

What are some good books on Postmodernist literature? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jun 27, 2007 - 8 answers

Online marketing - tools for keeping track of the tools?

Online marketing - tools for keeping track of the tools? [more inside]
posted by rmm on Jun 27, 2007 - 1 answer

Really, really, really good non-fiction books

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]
posted by signal on Jun 27, 2007 - 35 answers

Wanna come back to my place and check out my bookshelf?

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]
posted by Elmo Oxygen on Jun 27, 2007 - 79 answers

Books about the Falklands War

Can someone recommend a good book (or books) about the Falklands War? Preferably something for the casual but interested reader.
posted by Rangeboy on Jun 26, 2007 - 9 answers

What web books do you recommend?

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]
posted by Catch on Jun 25, 2007 - 10 answers

Seeking a certain new nonfiction book about Germany in WW II

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?
posted by GaelFC on Jun 25, 2007 - 8 answers

Book Podcast legal question.

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?
posted by drezdn on Jun 25, 2007 - 10 answers

Name that book: whatever, oh well

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?
posted by clavicle on Jun 23, 2007 - 4 answers

I need to to learn about old paper.

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]
posted by spiderwire on Jun 21, 2007 - 17 answers

Favorite small publishers

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]
posted by BigSky on Jun 21, 2007 - 19 answers

Books that changed your life as a girl

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]
posted by mothershock on Jun 20, 2007 - 140 answers

Good nonfiction books about Seattle?

Recommendations for well-written narrative nonfiction books about Seattle? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Searching for the copy editing bible

What are the best books I can buy to learn how to become a proficient newspaper copy editor?
posted by dead_ on Jun 20, 2007 - 12 answers

Good Historical Fiction For My Mother?

Help me recommend a historical novel to my mother. [more inside]
posted by thivaia on Jun 19, 2007 - 50 answers

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