I'm interested in learning more about Canadian history, and two things I'd like to start with (because I learned damn near NOTHING about them in school) are the Acadians and the Great Explusion, and the October Crisis and the FLQ. Can anyone recommend some books?
Is there a Definitive English translation of Don Quixote? [more inside]
What materials should I use for labelling the spines of my books? [more inside]
I'd like to start reading Freud and Jung. Any recommendations for books? [more inside]
In the 60's (I think) and 70's paperback books used to come with the outside edges of the pages sometimes colored yellow. This doesn't seem like it is done anymore. Why is that? Why was it done in the first place?
I have been asked to put together a package to find publishing companies to sponsor some work of a non-profit - also called corporate underwriting. It's not publicists I want, I think I need marketing departments. I have a few questions on how to do this... [more inside]
How does visible light damage ancient documents? [more inside]
What book is this? [more inside]
Book-Filter: I'm fascinated by very bad priests in fiction. Help me find some more. [more inside]
A friend at the State Department is going out to Iraq. He's receiving a bunch of cultural and language training from the department, but I'd like to give him a book about the culture there from another view (not necessarily political - he'll get enough briefing on that). Any suggestions?
I'm going to college soon. (Age 24; been working a desk job in health care since I was 18.) I've got an inkling I want to study biology. Recommend me some books to help me get the lay of the land and get fired up about this. [more inside]
how can I ship my books from the UK to North America without spending a fortune? [more inside]
Books that have a "conversation" with Marilynne Robinson's Gilead? [more inside]
As a student of international relations, I'm trying to acquire a broad understanding of Islam and Middle-Eastern culture. I'm looking for a few books to read in my spare time that touch on these subjects. [more inside]
Recursion filter: I recently came across the phrase 'Mise en Abyme' and have become fascinated by recursion in literature, language and film. What writings have used these themes in their form to address the questions they posed? [more inside]
I remember reading this young adult scifi novel as a kid. The basic plot is a girl goes to some special "institute" or something after school. I don't recall all the details of what happened there, something special. But, in addition to that, she got Baked Alaska, which was her favorite dessert. I think the Baked Alaska is the key to this mystery. Please help me find this novel!
What book(s) can I read to help me be a better teacher of technology? [more inside]
I read a book sometime in elementary school (early/mid 90's) that I've been trying to find. It had to do with geometry and math and platonic solids and origami (I believe there were several nods to Flatland). The plot had something about evil army men toys and a boy having a fever dream. I think the cover had a picture of the boy riding a manta ray. [more inside]
So I enjoy books that are an elaboration on theoretical taxonomies such as Roget's International Thesaurus (not the dictionary style) and A Pattern Language. What other books or websites might I enjoy in this vein? Taxonomies on birds or plants are interesting, but I'm looking for things that aren't immediately obvious.
I am pretty terrible when it comes to picking up technology books with the desire to learn about something. I always lose steam at some point. I am asking for tips/tricks/disciplines to get better, especially if you've noticed a difficulty doing this and turned yourself around. Is it possible that I am simply the type who needs to go to a class or learn through on the job training? Or is there a way to get better?
Looking for some recommended books and media about Shinto, especially the history, tenets and practices of it. [more inside]
How do I accurately price used books? [more inside]
I'm looking for fictional intragenerational incest narratives -- books, film, television, etc. -- in which the relationship is presented as a tragic love, doomed to failure. I'm not interested in the probably more common (and more realistic) pure trauma narratives. The relationship need not necessarily be physically consummated. [more inside]
I want to physically cut-up vinyl records and books into pieces, which I will then glue back together in various, alternate combinations. What are the best methods of doing this? [more inside]
What books have transported you to another place, and occupied your thoughts for days whilst you read them? [more inside]
What books or online courses will best help me learn science and engineering? I'm especially interested in physics, astronomy, general electronics, and computer science. [more inside]
I'm trying to get into building electronics and I need some advice. What would be a good place to start? [more inside]
What's the best way to sell used psychology textbooks online? [more inside]
Please recommend some books set in Singapore. [more inside]
What are some good books about Chicago? [more inside]
BookPublishingFilter: I've been an editorial assistant for six months, and I'm trying to figure out how to best learn more about the business. I read Publishers Weekly every week, but I have yet to understand what I'm supposed to get out of it. Folks in the business (past or present): do you find PW useful? If so, how? What parts of it are good? If not, what industry pubs are good? (Or should I just stick to things like the NYTBR and Bookforum?) [more inside]
Help me find a book from my childhood about Trolls… [more inside]
Please help me identify this book which traumatized me as a child (teen?)! [more inside]
Book-rec-filter time! Looking for sci-fi themed books for a young child. Can you suggest any? [more inside]
I have a list of books I want to purchase when they come out on paperback. Do you know of a service that will email me when that happens? (Amazon, Powells?) [more inside]
Trying to figure out the title and author of a sci-fi book I read years ago, involving an (Inca|Aztec) temple's golden items really being a collection of nanomachines, and these nanomachines, in large numbers, can change humans into otherworldly creatures when submerged in them...except one of the characters is brought back to life by these things at the end of the book without being transformed. Who wrote this, and what's the title?
What's the title of a book my boyfriend read when he was 10 years old (early nineties)? [more inside]
I'm a whisk(e)y drinker stepping into the world of tequila, and I need some good reading. [more inside]
Is there a service that will let you to subscribe to notifications of new artist (music) and/or author (books) releases, but is not spammy?
I am looking for writings on the infinity of definition. [more inside]
Bookrecommendationfilter: I am looking for books along the lines of The Poisonwood Bible or In the Time of the Butterflies. (More inside). [more inside]
I want to hear about "anti-cool". [more inside]
TeachFilter: Help me become a better programming instructor. [more inside]
Can you suggest some books that will make a bunch of second graders laugh? I am scheduled as "Surprise Reader" in my son's second grade class this week, and I need some new (to me) humorous and/or weird picture books to read to the class. Previously William Steig and David Greenberg ("Slugs", "Snakes", and "Bugs") have gone over well, but I need some new material! Thanks!
I'm trying to make an expansive and widely-varied reading list of time-travel books and stories. Suggestions? [more inside]
The Wire's finished (wipes tear)... what do I watch/read/listen to, now ? [more inside]
Book recommendations for introductions to feminist thinking. [more inside]
Lotsa book recommendations please. Know of any good children's books (2nd grade level) that deal with family history? I'm also looking for books that compare and/or contrast daily life today with how a child's parent or grandparent lived. [more inside]
I'm looking for some funny and smart fiction books, along the lines of "A Confederacy of Dunces" and "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal." [more inside]
My girlfriend's mother and I have a real intellectual rapport, in some ways. Recently we've been talking about literature. She's extraordinarily widely read, but only really within the canon. I've been fronting, claiming that genre fiction like sci-fi has plenty of stuff of genuine literary merit in it. She's called my bluff and asked for a recommendation. What would you suggest? I was thinking something strange and ornate like Cordwainer Smith, but am open to advice.