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How do I amass a book collection in this day and age?

I've always wanted to wind up with a large collection of books like my parents have. However, when I can find constantly updated information on the internet and I check out fiction from the library, I can rarely convince myself there's a good reason to actually BUY a book. What books should I be buying? Some snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Jul 17, 2014 - 30 answers

Psychology preceding avoidable accidents and catastrophes

Please point me towards more non-fiction accounts of fatalities that may have been avoidable had the people involved made different decisions earlier on. In particular I am looking for accounts that provide detail about these earlier decisions so the reader can perhaps surmise where the “tipping point” was reached. [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley on May 9, 2014 - 39 answers

Books that allude to books that do not exist.

In The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, the title character is negatively influenced by a "poison" book that is mentioned repeatedly in the text but never named. "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," the short story by Jorge Luis Borges, mentions several nonexistent books including a mysteriously altered encyclopedia and a History of the Land Called Uqbar. I am looking for more fictional references in novels or stories to other books that do not exist. Help, please? [more inside]
posted by BlueJae on Apr 11, 2014 - 59 answers

Can you recommend any foreboding, surreal texts?

I'm looking for fiction and non-fiction texts (video, audio, and books) that take what is ostensibly a very real situation and find a surreal perspective. I'm not looking for the fantastic though, but more of a foreboding tone/atmosphere. You know, when a narrative seemingly grounded in reality has an unreal, genuinely unsettling undercurrent. Examples below. [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Mar 5, 2014 - 49 answers

Audiobook Q & A, subject matter irrelevant

I like to listen to audiobooks before I fall asleep. I would like to find audiobooks with a question and answer format. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Mar 4, 2014 - 6 answers

What if we don't need to read anymore? Futurist recommendations...

What fiction, non-fiction, or academic works on a "post-literate" world can you recommend? Has anyone written about a world where the most successful and powerful don't necessarily posses the ability to read or write as we know it? [more inside]
posted by GPF on Mar 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Non-Fiction books about and/or set in Portland, Oregon

I recently found out about Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Palahniuk and am very excited to read it. Does anyone know of any similar non-fiction books about and/or based in Portland, OR? I found this link on askmefi: http://ask.metafilter.com/120019/Books-about-southern-Washington but no others listed seem to be non-fiction or set in Portland specifically. I've spent a good portion of my life in New York and love how Joseph Mitchell, Philip Lopate, & Thomas Wolfe (fiction, yes, but written in a very non-fiction style) write about NYC and am looking for similar writers.
posted by herrC on Jul 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Recommend a non-fiction author who has a style like Anthony Bourdain?

Recommend a non-fiction author who has a style like Anthony Bourdain? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Jun 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Non-fiction about the Great Outdoors

I've recently discovered that I love reading non-fiction about the Great Outdoors and the things that happen there. I'm talking about books like 'Touching the Void' by Joe Simpson, and Jon Krakauer's books 'Into Thin Air' and 'Into the Wild'. It doesn't necessarily have to be about disasters and tragedies: I really loved this recent FPP about the Alaskan Iditarod. I want to read (but haven't yet) 'Into the Silence: the Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest'. Please recommend me other books in this vein?
posted by meronym on May 2, 2013 - 35 answers

Non-fiction recs SVP

I am a reader of fiction. I read a lot, and I read all sorts of fiction genres. I do not, however, read non-fiction because the couple of times I tried to I found them desperately dull. I am sure that can’t be the reality for all non-fiction books… right? Teach me something interesting and make me learn to like non-fiction please. Specific requests inside... [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Dec 18, 2012 - 83 answers

in search of lost time book

What was this book I read? Published in last 10 years, it had something like an explanation in layman's terms of the physics of time & why time is perceived by our consciousness as a flow. Can't recall much more than that I'm afraid.
posted by canoehead on Oct 29, 2012 - 9 answers

How A went from thinking B to C

Please recommend stories about mental battles. Specifically, people overcoming deep-seated fears or beliefs. [more inside]
posted by fix on May 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Order my zombie.

I have three folders on my Kindle.. Fiction, Non-fiction and Reference. Where do I place 'The Zombie Survival Guide'?
posted by Frasermoo on Dec 29, 2011 - 25 answers

not quite undergrad, not quite grad, but feeling a research binge

How do I turn my current (quite positive) experience with community work into (a) anthropological research pre-grad or (b) non-fiction writing? Or, how do you conduct research outside of the academy? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Dec 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Fun non-fiction?

I love non-fiction, but a lot of it is either annoyingly precise or too worthy. I'm looking for fun entertaining bedtime reading that won't tax the mind too much. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cdenman on Sep 10, 2011 - 40 answers

Fingers on the pulse - give me your "zeitgeistiest" non-fiction picks

Help me put together a list of the most zeitgeist-y, readable and accomplished "big idea" non-fiction books of recent years. [more inside]
posted by oneaday on Aug 15, 2011 - 31 answers

Advice book from different perspectives?

Can anyone recommend some non-fiction advice books where many authors write their perspective on similar situations or difficulties in life? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Jul 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for family-focused memoirs

I'm reading (and really enjoying) The Glass Castle, and my wife and are about to have our first kid. What other memoirs or non-fiction books should I read that focus on parenting, raising kids in unorthodox ways, or just plain unique families?
posted by nitsuj on Jul 14, 2011 - 20 answers

What's the closest UK equivalent to the New Yorker?

What is the best forum in the United Kingdom for lengthy, in-depth narrative journalism, as exemplified in the United States by the New Yorker? I am aware of the New Statesman, the Spectator, and Prospect, but in my limited experience these seem more narrowly focused on current affairs and politics.
posted by EtTuHealy on Jul 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Outstanding profiles of scientists? Narrative science journalism?

So, I'm looking for well-written profiles of scientists or other outstanding examples of "narrative science journalism". [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg on Jun 30, 2011 - 25 answers

Coming of age in the Atomic age

What are your favorite mid-century memoirs? [more inside]
posted by twinight on Apr 22, 2011 - 19 answers

Good resources for learning about new and upcoming non-fiction about the internet?

What are some good resources for finding out about recent/new/upcoming non-fiction books that discuss the web or the internet? [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Book suggestions?

I'm looking for some good, meaty non-fiction to read over Christmas break while I'm home from grad school. Something with difficult ideas, yet readable and contemporary, and taking a fairly "big picture" view of a particular field. Any suggestions? Examples below. [more inside]
posted by decoherence on Dec 12, 2010 - 46 answers

Please recommend current political non-fiction

I need help picking out a book as a Christmas gift for my husband. I'm looking for fascinating current non-fiction about the inner workings of American politics. Husband is a staunch Democrat. Many thanks!
posted by Dragonness on Dec 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Introductory Book to WWI

I am look for a gentle and concise history of WWI. As well as possibly another book that focuses on life in the trenches.
posted by captainscared on Jul 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Tell me what fiction I should read

Fiction for someone who prefers non-fiction. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Jun 10, 2010 - 36 answers

Parentheses are not the answer

Help! What's the most convincing non-fiction you've ever read? [more inside]
posted by mondaygreens on Jun 10, 2010 - 36 answers

Help my treadmill time fly by

I spend most mornings before work with 45 minutes on the treadmill at my gym. To pass the time and not stare at the damn TV bank, I read. Help me find the best quality, most creative, intelligent, and engaging short-form non-fiction reading on the internet. Help me strengthen my mind as I strengthen my heart and not get captured by the boob tubes in my line of sight. [specifics inside] [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on May 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Extreme Sports Books

Any good books about extreme sports? [more inside]
posted by alextprice on Apr 13, 2010 - 8 answers

What are some great books/movies about Hawaii?

What are some great books/movies about Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by bullitt 5 on Mar 10, 2010 - 18 answers

How it's all connected.

What non-fiction have you read that shows the unity underlying vastly different subject matter? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Feb 26, 2010 - 26 answers

Czech Wild Swans?

Quick! I need to buy one book which best captures the history, culture and people of Central Europe! [more inside]
posted by greytape on Jan 29, 2010 - 9 answers

writing that's direct, morally complex, and personal at the same time

There's no shortage of excellent "what to read" threads around here, but I'm looking for something a bit more specific. The tricky part is I'm looking for a style and a point of view, rather than a particular genre or subject. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge on Jan 29, 2010 - 46 answers

Self-improvement for $130, Alex

Help me improve myself. Non-fiction book suggestions needed. [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork on Dec 30, 2009 - 30 answers

Great Non-Fiction of the past year?

The best non-fiction books of 2009? I'm in a Christmas coma and need something good. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Dec 26, 2009 - 13 answers

Can you help me find this essay?

I'm looking for a World War 2 essay that may be titled "Missing the War", which is about the difference in perception between how the Second World War was portrayed in the media and how it was for the soldiers involved. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Simple, Powerful, non-fiction

Where can I find examples of simple and powerful non-fiction (social science) writing? [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Sep 28, 2009 - 17 answers

Help me get this book out of my office and onto shelves.

I need a new name!!! I've written a book for friends and non-primary caregiver family (NOT for primary caregivers) regarding illness and death. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Aug 8, 2008 - 16 answers

I Like To Read Things

What are some of your absolute favourite online essays, articles and other pieces of non-fiction writing? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on May 1, 2008 - 54 answers

Books on India

If you please—I urgently require a few good recommendations of novels that have India as a backdrop. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Jan 13, 2008 - 55 answers

What makes for good jail reading?

What books should I buy for someone in jail? [more inside]
posted by suki on Nov 4, 2007 - 35 answers

Disaster Escapism?

I read and loved “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex” by Nathaniel Philbrick. What other books should I read? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Aug 23, 2007 - 17 answers

Give me knowledge

Looking for mythological, fictional, and / or non-fictional characters and / or stories of a certain nature. [more inside]
posted by almostcool on Mar 7, 2007 - 36 answers

What's the best non-fiction I haven't found yet?

I'm looking for more great non-fiction books. Requirements: writing to make an English major swoon; a thesis or narrative structure that makes for an organized, logical flow; well-reported; interesting; true, with embellishments of known fact made known by the author. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Aug 22, 2006 - 46 answers

Cool Non-Fiction Book Filter

I need a book suggestion...something slightly off the beaten path in the biography, history, science, or world politics categories. (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by cyclopz on Aug 14, 2006 - 32 answers

Please recommend great non-fiction books & documentary films

What non-fiction books or documentary films explore a subculture or lifestyle as effectively as Henry Chalfant & Tony Silver's Style Wars and Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels? [more inside]
posted by njm on Jul 26, 2006 - 42 answers

Good non-fiction books about comic books?

Anybody know any good non-fiction books about comic books, their publishers, their history, etc?
posted by Runkst on Jul 23, 2006 - 18 answers

Urban Hiker, where have you hiked to now?

What happened to "Urban Hiker" magazine in the triangle region of NC? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jun 9, 2006 - 4 answers

Writing biography or history

How would I write a biography or history book? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on May 18, 2006 - 4 answers

Writing Nonfiction, how does one organize it?

I think it would be a kick to write a nonfiction book. Any advice on how to organize one? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo on Jan 13, 2006 - 12 answers

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