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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

Vivid Nonfiction

I just finished reading The Starship and the Canoe, and I'm craving more long-form nonfiction pieces like it. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Taft on Jan 16, 2011 - 7 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

Nonfiction audiobooks with a strong point of view

I want to listen to a good, persuasive argument. I'm looking for nonfiction audio books in which the author makes strong factual arguments for or against a certain point of view. Particulars inside. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Dec 4, 2010 - 13 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

Greed is a good read

Best corporate biographies? [more inside]
posted by OctopusRex on Nov 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Looking for magazines that publish enthralling nonfiction

Looking for new magazines to read or subscribe to that publish enthralling nonfiction. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 9, 2010 - 17 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

Observations of the mundane things in life

I'm looking for book recommendations for essays that are observations of mundane things in life. [more inside]
posted by lahersedor on Oct 27, 2010 - 21 answers

Can you recommend a Windows research aide?

Can you help me sort through the overwhelming choices in Windows based note-taking software? [more inside]
posted by Sustainable Chiles on Oct 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Books about the Indian Emergency?

Can anyone recommend a non-fiction book about the Indian Emergency period (1975-1977)? I know Rushdie's Midnight's Children uses it as a backdrop but I was looking for a more analytical non-fiction take.
posted by UncleBoomee on Oct 17, 2010 - 5 answers

How to strike a deal with a publisher who likes my nonfiction book proposal?

The publisher likes my book proposal -- now what? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Oct 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Books About Immense Character and Integrity

Suggestions for nonfiction books about people with immense character and integrity? [more inside]
posted by CZMR on Sep 22, 2010 - 16 answers

One person, one challenge?

Recommendations for nonfiction adventure books with one person facing a single overwhelming challenge? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 22, 2010 - 24 answers

Help me remember this book, please.

[bookfilter] Help me remember this non fiction book I read as a teenager about "mind power" (if I remember correctly) [more inside]
posted by patheral on Sep 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Recommendations for a modern "The Inland Sea"?

Loved "The Inland Sea" by Richie. Recommendations for something comparable set in modern Japan? The more recent the better. Bonus points for Kindle/iBooks availability.
posted by avoidance on Sep 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Recommend me some old classic "New Yorker style" nonfiction that is still relevant and readable now.

Recommend me some classic "New Yorker style" nonfiction that's aged well and stayed readable. Special snowbookflakeworm within. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Aug 16, 2010 - 38 answers

Biographies of abstract thinkers wanted

Looking for biographies of scientists or mathematicians. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 27, 2010 - 22 answers

"Clever Title: City Name + Time Frame" = nonfiction delight

I recently read The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York and I realized how much I enjoy a certain subset of historical nonfiction -- basically, narratives set at a particular moment in a specific city as a way of exploring broader social-cultural history. [more inside]
posted by scody on Jul 19, 2010 - 31 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

What's a really good, non-fiction book about a city?

BookRecommendationFilter: Where can I find another book like Maximum City by Suketu Mehta? [more inside]
posted by iktomi on Jun 18, 2010 - 7 answers

If Coetzee wrote true crime, how would it look?

Summer Reading-Filter: intelligent true crime? Essentially, I want all the gruesome pleasure of the content, without having to cringe through a sensationalistic treatment thereof. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jun 9, 2010 - 49 answers

They say it used to cost $5,000 to fly from NY to Paris

Help me learn what travel was like back in the day! [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on May 13, 2010 - 26 answers

Nonfiction for hipsters?

Good non-fiction books similar to Sarah Vowell? [more inside]
posted by hilaritas on May 6, 2010 - 19 answers

descriptions of accountants' lives?

[Accountancy Filter:] nonfiction about what it's like to be an accountant? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Apr 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Punchy non-fiction with an educational bent?

If I enjoy the engaging (and frequently humorous) nonfiction and memoir of Stephen Fry, Mary Roach, and Bill Bryson, who else should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by sciapod on Mar 10, 2010 - 26 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

Lexile numbers

How can I determine Lexile or grade reading levels for juvenile nonfiction items that are out of print? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 28, 2010 - 7 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

What are some practical non-fiction books that touch on themes represented in The Alchemist?

What are some practical non-fiction books that touch on themes represented in The Alchemistw? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Jan 19, 2010 - 4 answers

What are your favorite non-fiction anthologies?

I really enjoy reading those anthologies of the best American non-fiction stories that come out every year -- particularly because they a) are easy to finish in 20-40 minutes and b) introduce me to new magazines/writers/concepts. I'm looking for other compendiums of magazine-style writing or articles or suggestions on where to go to find new collections of feature-length non-fiction pieces. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jan 14, 2010 - 17 answers

Query, propose, publish.

I want the best resources to help me write a nonfiction book proposal. [more inside]
posted by Ouisch on Dec 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Looking for books where a person or people are searching for a long lost person.

Looking for books where a person or people are searching for a long lost person. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 18, 2009 - 23 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

How to edit citations

Footnote filter: I am writing a non-fiction, non-academic book and need help determining what to include in my citations. [more inside]
posted by quidividi on Dec 5, 2009 - 5 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

What books would an industrial engineer find it to be useful?

Books recommendation for an industrial engineer [more inside]
posted by Carius on Nov 14, 2009 - 13 answers

Please suggest books, movies or shows like Bel Canto

I loved the plot of Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Any recommendations for similar books, shows, or movies? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Short passages of particularly strong or weak nonfiction prose?

In search of short passages of especially strong or weak nonfiction prose! [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Oct 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Europa Sci-Fi

Looking for fiction and non-fiction about Jupiter's moon Europa. [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Aug 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Am I doing this write?

In writing a research book, how far along should I be before approaching publishers, agents, etc? Help needed to get my nonfiction pop culture centric book into bookstores [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2009 - 7 answers

nomming with my eyes

For such a picky eater, I sure like to read a lot about food. What good food books can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Jul 28, 2009 - 42 answers

Suggestions needed for great narrative nonfiction reading!

Please recommend your favorite "behind the scenes" nonfiction books! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Jul 18, 2009 - 48 answers

How do I break into writing nonfiction books?

My dream is to write nonfiction books, but I have more book ideas than I know what to do with. Does anybody have any advice on how to find an agent or even just somebody knowledgeable about the publishing business who could give some good advice about which book ideas would work and which ideas would fall flat? How does one get past the query letter stage, when you have multiple outlines and chapters and book ideas, but you don't have a finished book?
posted by jonp72 on Jul 14, 2009 - 13 answers

Undercover is the night

Do you know of any undercover nonfiction stories that don’t involve cops/detectives? [more inside]
posted by heather-b on Jul 8, 2009 - 26 answers

Good reads for my honeymoon?

Can you recommend some good beach reads for my honeymoon in a few weeks? [more inside]
posted by mikeweeney on Jul 1, 2009 - 23 answers

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