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Books on asylums

Help me find books about insane asylums/state hospitals. [more inside]
posted by shwynn2 on Nov 26, 2007 - 12 answers

Very Short Introductions - book recommendations

Which books do you recommend (or not) from the 173 volume series: Very Short Introductions?
posted by stbalbach on Nov 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Fiction I can read to a 5 yr old?

I like reading to my 5yr old son at bedtime. We have discovered that we both enjoy reading longer books/ novels with many chapters and some pictures here and there. Our latest was the original "The House at Pooh Corner". Please suggest more!
posted by ohdeanna on Nov 26, 2007 - 45 answers

After the Terror...

Can you recommend any great, scholarly books about the Napoleonic era in Europe? [more inside]
posted by Neilopolis on Nov 25, 2007 - 10 answers

Book Blogs?

What are some good blogs on literature? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Nov 23, 2007 - 13 answers

ISBN to cover photo

How to turn a list of ISBNs into a folder of JPEG photos of those book covers? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Nov 20, 2007 - 8 answers

Great adventures? Please guide the way!

I need me some literary adventure stories! Yeehar! [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse on Nov 19, 2007 - 27 answers

Anarchist adventure stories?

Pre-Spanish Civil War anarchist pulp adventure novels? [more inside]
posted by a louis wain cat on Nov 18, 2007 - 3 answers

ID a book from a single passage?

Can you ID this book from my memory of a short passage? Man hits deer while hurrying to the birth of his son. [more inside]
posted by Leon on Nov 15, 2007 - 5 answers

How to change your life in one easy lesson

I love stories about transformations and life changes, be they cheesy or serious. Recommend some to me! [more inside]
posted by different on Nov 12, 2007 - 33 answers

Books about loners

I am looking for some fiction where the main character is a loner and seems to be OK with it. (possible spoilers) [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Nov 11, 2007 - 45 answers

How do find different publications of a book?

How can I find out what different versions of a book are currently in publication? Especially for older works with open copyrights, how do you find out if some random publisher's putting out a really nice hardbound, vs the paperback that's all you can find on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by tirade on Nov 10, 2007 - 6 answers

I shot John Galt

What book is the opposite of Atlas Shrugged? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Nov 9, 2007 - 77 answers

Fantasy Books with Anthropomorphic Rabbits?

I can't remember this 70's/80's fantasy book series! It's driving me nuts. I've been searching google and amazon for about two hours and I keep hitting dead ends. [more inside]
posted by d13t_p3ps1 on Nov 8, 2007 - 8 answers

The textbook I was going to use is out of print. Now what?

The book I was planning to use for a course this spring just went out of print. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Nov 8, 2007 - 17 answers

Care & Feeding of a Single Mother

Books and resources for a single mother who doesn't really fit the stereotype of "mother", and is more about taking care about herself? Any other way I can help her? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 7, 2007 - 8 answers

Help an atheist make a reading list.

Help me find some good atheist reading materials for my birthday. [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah on Nov 6, 2007 - 31 answers

What are some books about old Shanghai?

What are some books about old Shanghai? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi on Nov 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me find something to read before Discworld runs out!

Fiction series spanning 30+ years? I'm almost done re-reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Before that, I read Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series. I love the fact that both these authors are still writing about characters they invented in the 70's and 80's. What other authors have done this? [more inside]
posted by selfmedicating on Nov 4, 2007 - 38 answers

Please recommend me some more reading material

I got a great response to my previous question, so I thought I'd ask again. I'm looking for some more books to read. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Nov 1, 2007 - 16 answers

Can anyone remember the name of a book from my childhood?

Can anyone remember the name of a book from my childhood? Kid lit from the late 60’s/early 70’s. Book is about the Holocaust, I think. Bought the book from the Scholastic Book Club (they don’t have lists from back then). The book has a red cover with a picture of a girl with dark brown hair. Part of the story takes place on a train going to Siberia(?). Hope you can help me find this book!
posted by D Dear on Oct 31, 2007 - 12 answers

What Book Is This?

(Asking for a friend) What Book is this? I remember reading a book back in High School..... [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Oct 31, 2007 - 6 answers

Need a holly, jolly book club read

I'm looking for a book for my book club to read (novel, nonfiction) that takes place during the holidays or has a holiday theme. I've thought of Holidays on Ice, A Christmas Carol (they seem obvious) but am stumped on others. The book doesn't have to totally revolve around the holidays, though. Any suggestions?
posted by printchick on Oct 30, 2007 - 21 answers

They sell books where?

Why do book advertisements say "available wherever books are sold"? [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Oct 30, 2007 - 14 answers

BookFilter: Hackers, driving Blazers, in Colorado!

BookFilter: Tom Clancy novel from ~10 years ago ... Help me remember the name! [more inside]
posted by enobeet on Oct 29, 2007 - 10 answers

Best Australian writing 2003-2007?

Please recommend your favorite Australian book(s) of the last five years. [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Oct 27, 2007 - 13 answers


Are there any good examples of books or movies where the protagonist dies unexpectedly? (assume spoilers) [more inside]
posted by Pants! on Oct 26, 2007 - 97 answers

Let me buy your books, UK!

Where can I buy books printed in the UK for sale in the US? [more inside]
posted by papercake on Oct 25, 2007 - 12 answers

Type On A Spine

When books are placed on a shelf, why do some books have their spine title and author type reading downward, and others have upward-reading type? [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt on Oct 22, 2007 - 4 answers

Until I Find A Widow for One Year Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

In what order should I read all of John Irving's novels? [more inside]
posted by Crushinator on Oct 18, 2007 - 21 answers

Where on the web to talk about books?

What are your favorite online forums in which to talk about books? Say why you like each so I can get a good idea of the different kinds of communities. [more inside]
posted by snortlebort on Oct 17, 2007 - 9 answers

So basically I'm trading a manpurse in for a man pocketbook....

I read and get cold; where is the winter coat that can hold a medium-sized book? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Oct 16, 2007 - 10 answers

What is the best site to have people critique my fiction?

I've written some fiction. Now I want to see if it's any good. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 14, 2007 - 7 answers

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

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