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Fiction and Non-Fiction Books About Fishing

I'd like to add to my husband's very small library of books that have to do with fishing. Not limited specifically to just fishing, but more or less general maritime activities, such as crabbing, or boat-building, or mysteries of the deep....that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Oct 13, 2014 - 29 answers

Books to take a train by

Next week, I am taking the Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland, Oregon. In a previous question about train travel, someone suggested reading books that take place along your train route. This is an idea I love ... and I have at least 47 hours to pass! So: what are your favorite (kindle) books which occur in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, or Oregon? Bonus for rural themes. I am not a big mystery fan, but if it is particularly excellent, I'll read it. Romance is out. Otherwise, I'm open to anything!
posted by ChuraChura on Jun 20, 2014 - 41 answers

Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry about people's lives

I'm looking for essays, books, poetry, nonfiction, or whatever else about normal people's everyday lives and pasts, humorous if possible. I'm looking for stuff in the vein of the New York Press's old columns (like the ones Ned Vizzini wrote) or like Books of Adam. Writing that is casual, but well written.
posted by holmesian on Jun 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Great short stories or novellas legally downloadable for free for Kindle

What great short stories, short novellas, or even short nonfiction pieces can I legally download for free for my Kindle? Some details inside. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on May 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Business, Murakami, DFW, and Music

Book suggestions for a gift exchange recipient that combine business, Haruki Murakami, David Foster Wallace, and/or music? (here's hoping my recipient isn't also a Mefite!) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Depictions of Children's Street Culture in Fiction and Nonfiction

Please recommend fiction and nonfiction novels which depict folklore and mythology created by children who are free of adult supervision and authority. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Other than Naomi and Ruth...

What are some stories (real/historical or fictional) about good mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships that I can read? [more inside]
posted by peacrow on May 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me learn more about contemporary Indonesia!

I'm trying to learn more about contemporary Indonesia, and I'd love book & essay recommendations, especially of narrative non-fiction with a strong first person narrative voice! (But I'd also love suggestions of fiction, good travelogues, podcasts, blogs, zines, films, academic articles--really anything that doesn't demand prior in depth knowledge.) [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf on May 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Books on immersive experiences

Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Robin Sloan's Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore describe immersive artistic experiences that echo Alternate Reality Games or events like the All Worlds Fair. What other books describe events and experiences like these? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Toooo maaany booooks

How do you decide what books to read? Recommendations? Reviews? Go to the bookstore and read a chapter? I often find myself overwhelmed with the zillions of choices. How do you narrow it down?
posted by SampleSize on Jan 9, 2013 - 40 answers

Is writing great fiction innate or learned?

Writing fiction: is it the sort of thing where you either have "the gift," or you don't? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Jan 6, 2013 - 38 answers

Name some examples of humorous tragedies in film and literature

I need suggestions of fictional or non-fictional books or films that deal with illness or dying in relation to humor/the absurd. [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Sep 19, 2012 - 23 answers

Can you suggest some books for an Ebola leisure reader?

Can you help me expand my “popular epidemiology” book collection by recommending books that are similar to The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett and the following titles? [more inside]
posted by pupus on Aug 29, 2012 - 24 answers

Book People: what are the best resources to hear about new books?

Book People: what are the best resources to hear about new books? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Aug 15, 2012 - 20 answers

Open courses that teach writing skills: where are they?

Open courses that teach writing skills: where are they? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for some heavy summer reading.

I have a week at my parent's cottage coming up, and I'd like to get some recommendations on some comprehensive introductions to the classics, mythology, psychology and a few other subjects. [more inside]
posted by chrillsicka on Jul 4, 2012 - 11 answers

How to choose writing form?

To writers: how do you consider questions of which form in which to express your ideas - short story, essay, novel, poem, even unconventional forms like very short fiction or experimental plotless fiction or aphorism collection or blog posts (to the extent they're their own thing)? Are there any good articles or books that wrestle with this dilemma?
posted by shivohum on Mar 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Seeking: Mentor/Protege

Recommendations for stories about the mentor/protege dynamic that are sexy. Bonus points if both parties are female. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Books about growing up poor in the U.S.

I'm looking for books, nonfiction or fiction, that accurately and effectively discuss, portray, and/or meditate on the condition of specifically children, or perhaps more broadly families, being poor. Any ethnicity or cultural group, although I am primarily interested in relatively contemporary narratives, 1950 or later, more or less. [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Nov 13, 2011 - 31 answers

it was so beautiful it hurt

Do you know any fiction/nonfiction/poetry that has beautiful, aching language? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Nov 13, 2011 - 66 answers

Who are the interesting independent ebook publishers?

Please recommend your favourite independent ebook publishers! [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Jul 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Please suggest some good oral histories

What are the best oral histories to read? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 27, 2011 - 18 answers

RUSSIA

Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 1, 2011 - 27 answers

Buckle my swash in the 19th century....

I love the Great Game. What books capture the adventure and romance of this historical period? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Feb 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Must-reads for stagestruck teen

Please recommend books for a 15-year-old who loves acting. [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk on Jan 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Where can I read more about the Romanian Revolution in December 1989, and the events leading up to it?

Where can I read more about the Romanian Revolution in December 1989, and the events leading up to it? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Jan 7, 2011 - 10 answers

The explorer's life, depicted in words and pictures.

Is there a term for travel accounts of explorers, both fictional and real-life? Also, tell me some of your favorites. [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Dec 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Want to read about fiascos

Looking for books and/or movies about fiascos and disastrous but avoidable situations [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 22, 2010 - 25 answers

How did others get away from it all.

Wanted: Stories of leaving it all behind (family, relationships, work, obligations etc) and traveling to a remote place for peace, to think and/or escape society. [more inside]
posted by nomadicink on Nov 3, 2010 - 48 answers

Looking for books about dirty cops

Looking for books about dirty cops. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 27, 2010 - 18 answers

Nature Book!

Book recommendation! Need a gift, fast! Nonfiction or fiction, but must deal in some way with humanity's relationship with the natural environment. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jul 9, 2010 - 33 answers

What books best describe/approximate what it was like to be in New York City during the 1970s/80s?

What books best describe/approximate what it was like to be in New York City during the 1970s/80s? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Jun 30, 2010 - 28 answers

The chicken says, "Book?" and the frog says, "Read it."

I'm looking for suggestions for a "common read" book for a large public university. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Feb 9, 2010 - 26 answers

Help me time travel

New Year's resolution: pick a different historical period each year and spend the year immersing myself in that time as much as possible. Help me decide the "when" and give me your suggestions of what to read and watch to learn as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on Jan 23, 2010 - 9 answers

Please recommend books similar to Bill Simmons' Book of Basketball

I love Bill Simmons' "The Book of Basketball". What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 8, 2009 - 11 answers

I can't be running low on books already?!

MeFites, help! Need more books to read. /book-recommendation-filter [more inside]
posted by titantoppler on Dec 5, 2009 - 23 answers

Lookin' for words in all the wrong places

Between my iPhone's Stanza app and the loooooong quiet days ahead of me in the office during the holiday season, I'd like to read some stuff online. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Nov 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Books about Peru & Bolivia?

Books about Peru & Bolivia? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on May 18, 2009 - 10 answers

Asia: Historical Fiction

Anybody have recommendations for good historical fiction/nonfiction books set in China or Southeast Asia? [more inside]
posted by ebeeb on Feb 19, 2009 - 20 answers

They left us alone. Now what?

I want to read fictional and/or true stories about people being put into positions of responsibility unexpectedly for extended periods of time and how they deal with it. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 27, 2009 - 37 answers

Can you recommend good books about Los Angeles?

Can you recommend good books about Los Angeles? Non-fiction preferred but fiction as well. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 29, 2008 - 25 answers

Can I have my creative cake and eat it too?

Working writers: how do you carve out time for fiction? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Sep 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Stories 'bout learnin

I'm looking for short stories/poems/creative non-fiction and the like about school, schooling, education, and/or learning to write/self-expression. Should be suitable for college freshpersons.
posted by Saxon Kane on Aug 24, 2008 - 4 answers

Great, absorbing books and films showing life in different times and places

I'd like to broaden my horizons by getting a better understanding of life in different cultures and time periods. Please recommend great books or films (fiction or non-fiction) which paint a broad, immersive, reasonably accurate picture of a place and time. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey on Jul 12, 2008 - 29 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

Stories about healthy, "normal" marriages?

Stories about healthy, "normal" marriages? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Jan 11, 2008 - 41 answers

What's hot in Hangul?

Korean Book Gift Filter: What Korean books (meaning books written in Hangul) should I get for my parents? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Dec 20, 2007 - 5 answers

What is it like to be a fox?

I would like to read some literate, accurate portraits of what it's like to be an attractive person in present U.S. or European society. [more inside]
posted by cgc373 on Aug 7, 2007 - 25 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

Writing Nonfiction and Children's Literature: Do you know of any good literature ABOUT these subjects?

I am looking for well regarded books/scholarly papers about writing. Most specifically in the areas of Nonfiction (the essay style of article writing) and Children's Fiction (for a young adult audience). Any tips? Go as far and broad as you can. I'll be off to the British library tomorrow, so the sky is the limit. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 9, 2007 - 6 answers

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