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ISO good fiction about catching babies

Recommend me fiction or very readable memoirs about midwifery, obstetrics, and the politics of birth--any genre is fine, but SF/F and historical suggestions are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Feb 10, 2014 - 24 answers

 

What book is similar to "Number the Stars" for my 9 year old?

My nine year old just read "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry. It is her first introduction to really high quality historical fiction. She is excited to read more books that teach her about history, but are also fun to read because they are fiction. Do you have any ideas about historical fiction books that are excellent quality like "Number the Stars" but that are age appropriate for my nine year old? Thank you.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 15, 2013 - 42 answers

Historical -- Modern Military Deployment Figures for the US

Where/how can I find comprehensive military deployment statistics going back to the Civil War? [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Jul 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Romances like Georgette Heyer

I love Georgette Heyer's regency romances, but as I'm not regular romance reader, the signal to noise ratio when trying to find something similar is very low. My searches have yielded mixed results, can you help? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Jun 28, 2013 - 24 answers

There's a farm, and a widow...

Movie about a widow on a farm/ranch in Australia. It's historical, but I can't remember the period. She has red hair, and is shamed by her church for not having remarried. She's menaced by bad guys on horses, who tie up a young man (a cousin? brother?) to a fence and prepare to horsewhip him, but a mysterious man swoops in at the last minute to save them. It sounds like every romance novel ever, but I only caught a few minutes of it and was intrigued enough to try to find it again. Ideas?
posted by cereselle on Jun 15, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I look the part as a male guest at a 40's themed wedding?

We've been invited to "a 1940's wedding party" in a few weeks. If someone told you to dress the part, as a man, what would you do? I'm not too concerned about super historical accuracy, but more just looking a little on-theme vs. every other wedding. And buying a new suit is not in the cards.
posted by smackfu on Apr 23, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me make my grad student status good to the last drop.

Graduating with an MS in May, an independent historical research project on my brain, and time. What should I do NOW while I'm still a student? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Mar 20, 2013 - 2 answers

Massachusetts history trip and Maine scenic ocean trip, t minus two hour

My friend is visiting me in Rhode island today through Sunday night and has her heart set on historical sights in Boston and going to the coast of Maine (maybe acadia). Given weather, Boston traffic, and driving times, what is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Mar 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Is there a way to safely separate two sheets of paper glued together?

A printout was inadvertently glued to a copy of a historical photo. How do I get it off? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Jul 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for new novels - flavour: slightly epic fantasy, SF or historical, with good female characters

I'm looking for some new books and/or authors to read, probably fantasy/SF or historical, dramatic but not dark and preferably with female characters. [more inside]
posted by jb on Jul 16, 2012 - 47 answers

Historical detail in Downton Abbey

Looking for more information on what life was like in the period depicted in Downton Abbey. [more inside]
posted by ethansh on Jun 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Of course, sir. I'll take care of it.

Help me find historical fiction starring the kinds of people described in this awesome comment. [more inside]
posted by The demon that lives in the air on Jun 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Children's book about Quaker riddles?

Children's book about Quaker riddles? I read it as a kid, I remember a hell of a lot about it -- except of course the title. [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle on May 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Long Distance Rates For the Late Seventies and Early Eighties?

How much did long distance telephone calls cost in the late 1970s and early 1980s? I'm mainly interested in hearing about rates for the USA but data from other countries would be welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 31, 2012 - 21 answers

Historical-fictional novel of ancient life

I am looking for a historical-fictional novel of either pre-Roman classical antiquity (Crete, Thebes, Sparta, Athens, etc.), the Celtic people (either before or during Roman conquest), Sumer, or Ancient Egypt. [Details inside!] [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Dec 20, 2011 - 16 answers

Songs only a historian would love?

I really like Carloman. Are there any other bands that use the same historical gimmick? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Oct 3, 2011 - 1 answer

I need something to read.

My favorite book is James A. Michener's The Source. What else might I like? I detest romance and I don't like "spy" novels. I don't like Ken Follet. I did like The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Googling and checking Amazon for Historical Fiction didn't yield anything interesting. Help me out here, guys, I trust your judgement.
posted by puddinghead on Sep 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Can you explain this old convention regarding days and dates?

Please explain these old newspaper customs regarding days and dates. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Sep 13, 2011 - 4 answers

How tall was grandma?

I would like to know how tall my dad's uncles and mom were, and ideally go up the family tree to chart the outliers to identify the tall and short adults. Where might I find height data for ancestors who lived in the US? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Aug 20, 2011 - 16 answers

What is origin of Howard St. in Waltham, Mass. (Part #2)?

What is origin of Howard St. in Waltham, Mass. (Part #2)? [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis on Aug 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Most exciting ancient battles

What are some of the most interesting historical war/rebellion stories from ancient times? Specifically interested in great true stories from ancient Greece, Persia, Mesopotamia, and Middle Eastern areas. [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Aug 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Confirmed bachelors with more female friends than male?

What fictional male characters are confirmed bachelors with many female friends and few male friends? I'm especially interested in stories set before 1950. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Jul 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Historical dates in Wordpress or another blog system?

Historical dates for blog posts? [more inside]
posted by Victorvacendak on May 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Can you get onto a Kyoto townhouse roof from inside the building?

How do you get onto the roof of a Machiya? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Feb 8, 2011 - 3 answers

A House in the Middle of Midtown Manhattan?

I've scoured the internet looking for information on this photograph, but no luck thus far. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by koolgiy on Jan 11, 2011 - 19 answers

She's The Bees Knees! 23 Skidoo!

Halloween Snowflake Filter: Friends are having a halloween party with the theme "Dine With The Dead". Everyone is going as a dead celebrity/historical figure. Who will I be? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 18, 2010 - 38 answers

new approach to historical analysis?

what are the modern or post-modern approaches to historical analysis? [more inside]
posted by TMezz on Mar 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Who got committed?

It's the mid 20th century. You're a 40 or 50-something, poor, married immigrant mother who barely speaks English, has been accused by your husband of infidelity....and has just been committed to a state hospital for the "insane." How mentally ill are you likely to be, by today's standards? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2010 - 11 answers

In sixteen hundred and something something, recommend me a novel.

Please recommend an excellent historical novel about life in 17th-century North America (preferably New England). I'm re-reading Toni Morrison's A Mercy right now, and I'm looking for more stuff about the day-to-day life -- chores, food, bartering, the intersection of European colonists with indigenous American populations, etc. I s'pose I'd be okay with a nice non-fiction book, too, but the preference is for fiction.
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 10, 2010 - 34 answers

Best online sources for mid 19C US newspaper archives

Historical Newspaper Archives: I am trying to locate the best online sources for mid 19C newspaper archives for some of the 'second tier' US cities. For instance: the Louisville Democrat and the Louisville Journal from 1851. [more inside]
posted by refractal on Feb 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Quality Historical Stock Quotes

Looking for an easy, cheap (ideally free) way to look up historical stock prices for discontinued stocks. Yahoo Finance, et. al aren't cutting it. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Jan 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Amo Amas Awhat?

Is there a Medieval Linguist in the house? I need a very short conversation between Cistercian nuns in Saxony translated into Medieval Latin. Any help so I don't sound like a complete idiot warmly welcomed. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Stone Piles -- Historical Meaning?

I sometimes see decorative piles of stones in front of --primarily rural-- homes. I like the effect very much. I wonder if there is an historical meaning or symbolism to these stone piles or if it is merely an enhancement.
posted by psc1860 on Jul 25, 2009 - 12 answers

Sensational scenic Shenandoah short-sabbatical suggestions

Travel Filter: Planning trip from NC to Appomattox and Shenandoah Valley VA for Memorial Day weekend. Looking for off the beaten path, cultural or natural destinations and any other "must see" recommendations on food, lodging or attractions [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on May 16, 2009 - 7 answers

I'm not asking you to do my research for me buuuuut....

Emergency Research Materials Needed: Due to not being an adult about things I now have to write a quick story set during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. And I have to finish it by Sunday. Yes, I've already read Wikipedia. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Is there a book in the same vein as Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, only covering history instead of science?

Is there a book in the same vein as Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, only covering history instead of science? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Apr 24, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me find faux historical news program about Midievil Europe.

Help me find a historical faux-news program that I remember from my childhood. [more inside]
posted by slavlin on Apr 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Conserving and sharing art (naïve question).

A piece of art given me some years ago might be of historical interest. How do I get in touch with someone who might want to take a picture of it, or catalogue it, or whatever? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Jan 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Great historical media collections

Where can I find lots of historical media? I'm looking for any kind of photos or film, newsreels, anything. [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm on Jan 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Past prices on oil and airfares?

Is there a resource anywhere that will give me either (a) historical data for the last year or two on the price of oil (b) similar data for airline tickets or (c) ideally, both? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Nov 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Looking for a historical US atlas

Can you recommend a good historical atlas of the United States? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Nov 3, 2008 - 1 answer

Old Prices for John Hancock Income Security Trust

OldFinancialInformationFilter: Figuring out cost basis for John Hancock Income Securities Trust (JHS) under its previous CUSIP. [more inside]
posted by i love cheese on Oct 4, 2008 - 1 answer

Recommended ancient classic literature for beginners

Where do I start with ancient classic literature, especially accessible versions of mythological or vaguely historical tales? Preferably from Anglo-Saxon or Norse traditions, but I'm open to anything really good. [more inside]
posted by rocks009 on Oct 3, 2008 - 26 answers

Old photos of Cambridge, MA

I am looking for photos of the Cambridge, MA area taken between 1950 and 1999. I am especially interested in the commercial areas along the current Red Line route (Porter/Harvard/Central/Kendall), and the industrial areas southeast of Central Square. If you happen to know of any repositories of offline photos, that would be cool too. Thanks!
posted by rxrfrx on Sep 9, 2008 - 10 answers

Google Archive Search

Is there a way to search Google for what a URL Web page looked like on a certain date? [more inside]
posted by cainiarb on Aug 23, 2008 - 4 answers

The World's Most Extraordinary Rooms

Strange as it might sound, I am compiling a list of rooms. I am eager to draw upon the travels, explorations, and creative minds of metafilter to help flesh out the list. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Aug 18, 2008 - 27 answers

Magic, incarcerated

Help me find real-world magic items. [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Jun 17, 2008 - 47 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

So, do ya think it still works?

Allegedly, this is the original key to the choir loft of Mission San Luis Rey. A) How can I confirm its origins? B) What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jun 6, 2008 - 9 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

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