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What be this book?

Asking for a friend: Trying to find a book, whose central conceit is that computers (and large data sets like Google's in particular) are, in fact, smarter than people at trending probability, etc. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Jun 16, 2008 - 4 answers

I want different headers on every page, just like Charles Dickens

My copy of "Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens shows the chapter name on the head every left page, and a summary phrase of the spread's content on the head of every right page. Is there a name for that style? I'd love to know any history of it, why it's not done now, and how I could set it up in a word processor for use in my own docs. Thanks!
posted by largecorp on Jun 16, 2008 - 5 answers

What should I learn to do this summer?

What books can teach me skills that would be enjoyable or interesting to share with friends in group settings or one-on-one? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Jun 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Books that grab you and don't let go

Looking for decently written, page-turning historical fiction. [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Jun 15, 2008 - 66 answers

Incredibly detailed and illustrated books wanted.

I've recently become a fan of fiction books with immersing, at times overly detailed but precise illustrations, fold-outs, maps, ads, newspaper clippings. And they're part of the storyline, not just an oh-by-the-way illustration of something that's already fully explained in the text. The only ones I've come across so far are Eric Chase Anderson's Chuck Dugan is AWOL, Joshua Mowll's Operation Red Jericho and its sequel (these are literally overflowing with fantastic foldouts), and maybe even Hans Jurgen Press's Black Hand Gang books. Although Chuck Dugan is AWOL and the Black Hand Gang books don't have foldouts and maps, they nonetheless have illustrations just stuffed full of detail, and on nearly every page too! Surely there are plenty of others in the same line? Help, summer is here and I must read/see/devour them all. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Jun 13, 2008 - 9 answers

The Complete Works of ME!

What would be the most efficient way convert every single thing I have ever written on the internet into one large book that I can keep on my shelf? [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon on Jun 13, 2008 - 8 answers

What's your tech writing bible?

What's your tech writing bible? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Jun 12, 2008 - 11 answers

Bookfilter: Help me survive my summer job

Bookfilter: I'm working a summer job that mostly consists of carrying things. Every hour or so, I take a 10 minute brake which I like to spend reading so that I can ponder what I've just read when I continue doing my otherwise mindless work. Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything is soon coming to and end. Where to go next? [more inside]
posted by Archers of Loaf on Jun 12, 2008 - 27 answers

Books on the move

I need help finding crates for books or some type of portable bookshelf. [more inside]
posted by sepsis on Jun 11, 2008 - 9 answers

Who's that frog-licker?

WhatWasThatBookFilter: a friend of mine needs help tracking down a fantasy/sci-fi paperback she read back in 1997. Full description below. [more inside]
posted by bettafish on Jun 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Books on impact of miracles on Latin American politics?

I'm looking for recommendations on books on purported (modern) religious miracles in Latin America, and their impact on society and politics. [more inside]
posted by Joakim Ziegler on Jun 11, 2008 - 2 answers

Looking for lowbrow books

Looking for sites or reviewers who review books other than literary fiction [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 10, 2008 - 4 answers

Vocab Challenge

Looking for contemporary authors that use advanced vocabulary in their novels. [more inside]
posted by ezabeta on Jun 10, 2008 - 42 answers

Disaster Lit Suggestions?

Can you recommend any great fiction or poetry about natural disasters? [more inside]
posted by tk on Jun 10, 2008 - 10 answers

cold fiction for the hot summer?

Two of my favorite books for summer are "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin and "Smilla's Sense of Snow" by Peter Hoeg; I'd like suggestions for other (preferably hefty) novels with complex/absorbing story lines and wintry settings or themes to help me stay sane 'til September. Got an ice book to recommend?
posted by taz on Jun 10, 2008 - 46 answers

Good Books To Teach A Landloving Civilian About The US Navy?

Good Books To Teach A Landloving Civilian About The Modern US Navy? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Jun 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Books that take place in Knoxville/East Tennessee?

I'm looking for books, either fiction or non-fiction, that take place in Knoxville, Tennessee or other nearby places in East Tennessee. [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve on Jun 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Recommend books for IT execs?

Do you have any good book recommendations for IT executives? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Jun 6, 2008 - 10 answers

What are some good, light-hearted, humorous travel books?

What are some good, light-hearted, humorous travel books? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Jun 5, 2008 - 26 answers

I can has copyright permission?

Yet another copyright question. Seeking advice or success stories on locating copyright owner for strange book from the 60s. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Jun 4, 2008 - 6 answers

Help Me Research!

I'm researching a very specific time period in American history for a paper and I need some help finding sources of information! [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Jun 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Other Like Hiro to Help Me Lose Weight

Recommendations for Sci-Fi while on the Treadmill? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Jun 3, 2008 - 25 answers

Books that teach through osmosis?

What are your favorite books that you can learn through osmosis from reading? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Jun 2, 2008 - 31 answers

Generic books (titled as such)

Did the Generic Food people put out Generic Books? [more inside]
posted by suki on Jun 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Some nice tennis reading.

What are some good books about tennis? [more inside]
posted by boubelium on Jun 1, 2008 - 9 answers

Help identify this horror story mentioned in "The Secret History"

I've just finished reading Donna Tartt's The Secret History. At one point Tartt references a supposedly famous horror story, but I don't understand the reference! Can anyone identify it? [more inside]
posted by punchdrunkhistory on Jun 1, 2008 - 13 answers

Maintenance for Dummies

What books can I get to not be a "dummy" when it comes to my new job? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on May 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Why wouldn't this book be published in the US first?

Why isn't the sequel to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters out in America yet when it's already published in the UK? The UK published the first book after America did, so why would the UK publish the sequel first now? Is it even going to be published in the US? Help me, booksellers and those knowledgeable in publishing! [more inside]
posted by Locative on May 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Children's Book Filter - What was this book?

Children's Book Filter: Help me find a book from when I was a kid. Of course, only limited details remembered... [more inside]
posted by finitejest on May 27, 2008 - 9 answers

Ecotopian fiction with some political awareness?

Book recommendations: ecotopian fiction? (Something to read after The Fifth Sacred Thing)? [more inside]
posted by salvia on May 26, 2008 - 16 answers

How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation?

How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on May 26, 2008 - 16 answers

Looking for fiction about horrifying and unusual circumstances like Geek Love or The Tattoo Artist.

Book recommendation time! Since you guys did so well the last time I looked for books, I thought I'd kick another random search at you. Looking for fiction about horrifying and unusual circumstances, like in Geek Love or The Tattoo Artist. More inside. [more inside]
posted by 8dot3 on May 26, 2008 - 32 answers

Good Historic books

I'm interested in reading more fun books, written in 1945 or earlier, which clearly set themselves in the time and place that they were written. Examples include Anne of Green Gables, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, Pride & Prejudice, and China to Me. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on May 24, 2008 - 39 answers

Decadent literature recommendations

Starting a book club for literature of the decadent movement. Starting with Against Nature. What next? What else?
posted by Astro Zombie on May 23, 2008 - 12 answers

The Man Who Fell To Earth Post-Nixon

Walter Tevis's classic sci-fi novel The Man Who Fell To Earth was published in 1963. Does anyone know how and why, then, the current edition came to contain a reference to the 1972 Watergate scandal? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on May 23, 2008 - 12 answers

Simple French-language booklets for Kenyan French teacher of elementary students?

On a recent trip to Kenya, we visited a school who is in need of simple French language instruction booklets for elementary-age children. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on May 23, 2008 - 3 answers

I'm totally ignorant about comic books

I'm totally ignorant about comic books. [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on May 22, 2008 - 22 answers

What's a really good book on Ruby.

If my favourite reference on C++ is The C++ Programming Language by Stroustrup, what would be my favourite book on Ruby. (And my favourite book on Python.) [more inside]
posted by chunking express on May 21, 2008 - 17 answers

What books do you recommend for babies and toddlers?

What are your recommendations for good baby and toddler books in English? [more inside]
posted by k8t on May 17, 2008 - 22 answers

Is there a name for this style of art?

Is there a name for Satoshi Kitamura's art style in Creepy Crawly Song Book? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on May 15, 2008 - 2 answers

Using My Right Brain

How can I improve my art awareness (i.e paintings, sculpture, crafts, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by netbros on May 13, 2008 - 25 answers

Ich brauche Bücher!

What are some good books in German for a moderately advanced student of the language? [more inside]
posted by pwicks on May 13, 2008 - 17 answers

Novels, by Jodi Picoult but not.

My mother likes Jodi Picoult novels. I don't know much about the author but I am looking for similar novels. What novels should I be looking for?
posted by 517 on May 9, 2008 - 9 answers

Which books are most representative of each city?

What one book will allow others to gain the truest insight into the soul of each city or region [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 6, 2008 - 16 answers

Know any good San Francisco history books?

I'd like a few book recommendations to learn about the early history of my fine city. [more inside]
posted by squishy on May 5, 2008 - 10 answers

I can has buckle swashed too?

I love history, and I love adventure. What real-life historical adventurers were awesome, and have books written about them worth reading? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on May 5, 2008 - 40 answers

Books are Heavy!

What's the easiest way for a person to move a bunch of books by herself? [more inside]
posted by Edelweiss on May 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Tales of the (Asian) City?

Reading yesterday’s Tales of the City post, I got to wondering: are there any books set in Southeast Asian locations that “sell” their settings the way Tales of the City does for San Francisco, or The Number One Ladies Detective Agency does for Botswana? [more inside]
posted by micketymoc on May 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Websites for individual book promo

Help me find websites that are devoted to promoting an individual book. [more inside]
posted by thedanimal on May 4, 2008 - 18 answers

Readin' the books. All the time.

I am a reading fiend! I spend a good portion of my paycheck at bookstores and a good portion of my time at the library but I still want more. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on May 2, 2008 - 16 answers

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