What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?
What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople? [more inside]
What were the "Battle of the Books" books in Canada in the early to mid- 90s? [more inside]
How can I read this scary book without going crazy? This may sound silly, but I swear it's serious.... [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name of a children's book I read when I was younger. I think it was about a guy who had his own names for everything (including fire), then one day his house caught fire and his daughter (or servant?) couldn't tell him, because she couldn't remember the word. [more inside]
What's your favorite math reference book, specifically for integrals? [more inside]
About ten years ago, maybe more, a book came out that was a modern re-telling of Lysistrata. Can't remember the name. Anybody know?
Please recommend some canonical books (or even e-books) to learn networking in general (on par with a CS major), up to an 'intermediate' level. Including stuff on wireless networking and security concerns. [more inside]
When was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea first published? Using search engines, I get answers that say 1868, 1869, 1870, 1873, and 1873. [more inside]
Gimme your recommendations for children's books, in French (...the books, not your two cents, natch). [more inside]
I'm thinking of purchasing a pen scanner to use for my research. The Irispen, C Pen, and Quicklink lines seem to be the most commonly used. Can anyone advise me on which one to buy? [more inside]
Please recommend novels whose heroines are similar to the protagonist of Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym? [more inside]
What are some good recommendations for recent fiction/film with NO romantic entanglements? [more inside]
I'm hoping one of the many other librarians on AskMefi can help me track down a resource I'm looking for. It was a semi-annual publication with descriptions of upcoming books--usually there was one published seasonally (and/or in time for ALA), plus various special issues. [more inside]
If I buy only one intro book on graphic design, what should it be? [more inside]
My sister who rarely reads has come to me for book suggestions. Please help me suggest books that might make her a lifetime reader.
My sister who rarely reads has come to me for book suggestions. Please help me suggest books that might make her a lifetime reader. [more inside]
I am rereading John McFees "Coming Into The Country" and I find myself wondering the same thing that I did the last time I read it. That is, "What are all those people in Eagle, Alaska doing now?" I found a nice aerial view on Google maps, and a site for their historical museum, however, what I would like to find is another book. Any suggestions?
When I was a kid in the 70's, I was an avid solver of a series of mazes published in books by an author with a Russian name (I remember it as Vladimir something). They were the kind of paperback books sold in the games section of bookstores, that you were supposed to write in like you do with crossword puzzle books. The mazes were simple, black-and-white, in a variety of shapes, and not gimmicky, just quite challenging (they were intended for grownups, not kids). Does anyone remember these books and can help me find them again?
Lost childhood books filter: This is a weird one [more inside]
I need to read something in Spanish. I want excellent writing, with involving plots, and it must be in print. Good detective fiction perhaps? [more inside]
Recommendations for books about religion & theology - phenomenology of, anthropological, sociological, etc. [more inside]
What's a good book about eugenics? [more inside]
What are some well-written, readily-available books about, for want of a better term, ‘the unexplained:’ apparently psychic phenomena, apparitions, telepathy, and the like? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me the title (or author, ISBN #, any other info) of a children's alphabet book-probably published late-1960s or early 1970s, featuring fantastical creatures chasing other fantastical creatures? [more inside]
What are the all-time best science fiction novels which depict Artificial Intelligence? [more inside]
Realistic accounts of meth use? [more inside]
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]
Obscure children's fiction filter: What's this DC superhero book I read in the 1980s? [more inside]
Does anyone recognize what book this illustration is from? It looks pretty old. Hopefully in the public domain.
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]
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]
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]
Does anyone remember a computer book from the 80s with the author's phone number printed on the cover? [more inside]
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]
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]
Why do the pages to some hardback books have uneven, ragged edges? [more inside]
Please help me remember the title of a particular fictional, young-adult book from the 80s or maybe 90s. [more inside]
I've really enjoyed reading 'Memo from David O. Selznick' - can anyone suggest something in a similar line ? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I get rid of that musty book smell? [more inside]
What are some good children's books that have been put to song? [more inside]
I learned to read with children's books featuring Zip and Ted (tad?). Help me find them again, please! [more inside]
Can you recommend some books on the recording industry that would be helpful to someone wanting to enter the field? [more inside]
Ok, so I've read every book by Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta. What should I read next? [more inside]
Bookfilter: Recommend a good book on Leon Trotsky and Trotskyism. [more inside]
Can you point me towards good books set in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Help me find a series of illustrated children's hardcover books from the 70s/80s about the upcoming technologies of "The Future" [more inside]
What magazines are devoted to reviewing non-fiction books? [more inside]
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.
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?