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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

Heavily Illustrated "Serious" Books

I'm looking for examples of informative nonfiction books that are heavily illustrated, but are not textbooks. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Apr 10, 2013 - 30 answers

I want to read (nonfiction) books about how the rest of the world lives

More specifically I want to read books on the topic of "What you take for granted, someone else is praying for". [more inside]
posted by Kateruba on Apr 7, 2013 - 26 answers

Non-fiction books about relationships between father and a new child

I'm going to be a proud first-time papa in a couple months, and I'm gearing up for the madness and joy to come. I've really enjoyed reading non-fiction anecdotes about fathers and children, and I was wondering if you had any books you might recommend? Hopefully nothing 'Chicken Soup for the ____'-ish, but more along the New Yorker-y lines of Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik and Home Game by Michael Lewis. [more inside]
posted by evadery on Mar 12, 2013 - 16 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

Name of an essay about Cuba that involves locomotives?

I read a nonfiction piece awhile back that I can't find via my google-fu. It concerns a guy visiting Cuba who meets with locomotive types in memory of (or for) his father, who was a train buff. The piece was nostalgic and colorful, and focused on the concept of Cuban train engineering effectively being frozen in time. Can anyone help?
posted by eggman on Jan 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Mythology books

I'm looking for the very best non-dry nonfiction about different mythologies, especially as they relate in a historical/societal context. Comparative mythology is awesome, but so is focusing on a specific mythology (like a book focusing solely on druids or fairies or what have you). I don't want a compilation of myths or retellings. I do want an examination of common themes within a culture or the structure of the culture's pantheon.
posted by goosechasing on Jan 19, 2013 - 9 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

Looking for creepy reads

I'm looking for recommendations for creepy and/or scary novels and nonfiction. [more inside]
posted by indognito on Dec 23, 2012 - 32 answers

Year in long reading 2012

I have an ~18 hour flight ahead of me and I am compiling a DIY ebook of longform journalism/non-fiction for my Kindle to get me through it. So, what is the best thing you read this year? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Dec 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Once again I require awesome history books plz

I need to stop reading wikipedia at work, so please give me books instead [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Dec 5, 2012 - 16 answers

pulitzer drafts

Years ago Jack Hart, the esteemed editor and writing coach at The Oregonian, posted the rough drafts of Tom Hallman's Pulitzer winning story The Boy Behind the Mask somewhere online. Perhaps to a writers'/journalists' forum or mailing list. One editor's reaction to seeing the progression of the story through the drafts was to call it the most instructive lesson he'd ever had in newspaper writing. Help me track down those drafts!
posted by AceRock on Nov 26, 2012 - 0 answers

Winter reading recs?

My Nook is hungry- and I have silly tastes- recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Nov 15, 2012 - 52 answers

How to write a very readable nonfiction book for an under 35 audience?

I am interested in writing a non-fiction book or two (possibly ebooks) in a proven popular style. Where can I find resources, reviews, interviews, commentaries about choosing book structures, layout, language, tone and content that appeal to an aspirational audience? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Nov 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Seeking the best stories, across all genres, about coming to terms with the world in the early adult years.

What are the best stories that feature young adults coming of age/coming to terms with life's imperfect realities? By "young adults" I mean "adults who are young," probably roughly 19-30, not "young people who are becoming adults." This maturing process can be central to the work or peripheral. One example: "The Great Gatsby." Short stories, novels, nonfiction, film, television and any other genre are all welcome.
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 30, 2012 - 29 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

Good Borgia histories?

Recommend to me biographies/histories of the Borgia Pope and family? [more inside]
posted by asciident on Sep 3, 2012 - 5 answers

I need a history book!

I need help with a book suggestion! All my particulars found within, within, within.. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Sep 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Recommend me some thoughtful military books

Bookfilter: Recommend me thoughtful military memoirs / journalism [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Sep 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Chopping open the onion

I want to read about the dark side of the Internet, preferably in the form of a narrative. [more inside]
posted by Echobelly on Aug 31, 2012 - 8 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

Good books about Houston/the Houston area?

What are some good non-fiction books about Houston, TX and environs? [more inside]
posted by DaDaDaDave on Aug 24, 2012 - 10 answers

What with, brass buttons?

Is it worth having a Kindle when I have no money? [more inside]
posted by Jehan on Aug 20, 2012 - 33 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

copin' with readin'

Looking for any decent non-fiction books, in English, about Copenhagen. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 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

Midlander-born and raised, former resident of Greater Appalachia and New Amsterdam, current resident of the Left Coast, seeks definitive historical theory to explain his life experiences

What are the major criticisms of Colin Woodard's book American Nations? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jun 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Help me find the common thread...

I want to read more nonfiction. About anything, really. I'm having trouble capturing the way to describe the kind of nonfiction I want to find. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on May 30, 2012 - 30 answers

Nonfiction books/articles about trials?

Nonfiction books/articles about trials, please. [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on May 18, 2012 - 22 answers

Nonfiction by women authors

Can you recommend me some great nonfiction books by women authors? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Apr 30, 2012 - 55 answers

Assume I know nothing.

For various reasons, I've become interested in Mexican history. Can you recommend good books that cover the pre-Colonial and Colonial eras (or any other interesting period)? I want something that's reasonably entertaining, if it exists. Interesting histories of Brazil would be cool too. Thanks!
posted by chaiminda on Apr 11, 2012 - 13 answers

The best non-fiction of recent years?

What is considered to be the best non-fiction of recent years? [more inside]
posted by csjc on Mar 27, 2012 - 35 answers

Make history interesting!

What are the Sarah Vowell/Mary Roach/John Ronson books of world history? [more inside]
posted by whodatninja on Mar 27, 2012 - 19 answers

Book on Time

I'm looking for a non-fiction book about the history of time in human societies. [more inside]
posted by cupcakemuffin on Mar 12, 2012 - 6 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

Documentaries, books, I want it all!

Please give me some suggestions for documentaries and books I might like. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 22, 2012 - 23 answers

Recommend the best books about sports.

Seeking your top shelf recommendations for excellent books about sports. If you've read (and liked) David Halberstam, H.G. Bissinger, or John Feinstein, your recommendations are particularly helpful. Picky details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Gripping, page-turning history books

Any suggestions for gripping historical non-fiction books? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Jan 9, 2012 - 55 answers

Please point me toward some religious history lessons.

I'm doing some shallow research on Christianity, its development and its place in popular life throughout time. Please help me find outstanding books on this subject! [more inside]
posted by the liquid oxygen on Dec 29, 2011 - 19 answers

recommend a book: I'm currently interested in nonfiction books on conspiracies, organized crime, corruption, secrecy, diplomacy, government misbehavior, etc.

I'm currently interested in nonfiction books on conspiracies, organized crime, corruption, secrecy, diplomacy, government misbehavior, etc. and recently, I learned about Cointelpro on Hardcore History. Can you recommend interesting books on similar topics? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Dec 15, 2011 - 21 answers

Tell me about telling a non-fiction story in book form.

I have a journalism background and an idea for a non-fiction book that is biographical in nature. This would be my first attempt at writing a book of any kind. What should I know before beginning this process (other than it will take up all of my time and I'll likely never see a dime from it)? Suggestions specific to non-fiction writing appreciated. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Dec 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Because all opinions are equally true—except mine is inspired by God.

What are the "rules" for "God told me...," "The voice of god," and other hard to believe personal experiences in creative non-fiction writing? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Dec 4, 2011 - 6 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

Help me master my research/writing/reference management workflow.

Is there an app that can help me take notes, tag them by topic, then export my notes by tag while retaining information about their source? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Nov 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Do you remember this racially-insensitive book from the '90s?

Does anyone remember this book, or the controversial argument at its core? It would have been published in the late 1990's, and argued that blue eyed candidates got the job more often than thier brown eyed peers- a friend mentioned the book, which I vaguely remember, but neither one of us can find a title or author. Help!
posted by biddeford on Nov 5, 2011 - 4 answers

How much am I allowed to quote while writing nonfiction?

Writing a nonfiction book. I am a total quote whore. How much am I allowed to quote from my sources directly if I get this published? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Nov 1, 2011 - 14 answers

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