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50s movie from a book?

I was listening to Kirsten Dunst on the Nerdist podcast and she said that she was writing a screenplay based on a book set in the 50s. Hardwick was pressing her for the details and she was like "I can't say yet, but let's say it's based on a book most women have read." What is it? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Nov 7, 2015 - 39 answers

Help me identify a book from some remembered fragments

The narrator relates how his parents met. In postwar Germany a soldier involved in criminal activities encounters a young German woman who is barely getting by (saves her from thugs?). Back home the soldier is a mid level mobster or account for the mob. The narrator as a young man fights with his father and leaves home. [more inside]
posted by yellowdog on Nov 6, 2015 - 0 answers

Easy novels for vocabulary building?

My husband needs to take both the OAR and GRE in the next handful of months. He has never taken the GRE and did a good job on the OAR, but needs to do a GREAT job. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Nov 5, 2015 - 10 answers

Please help me remember this YA fiction book

I wish I could remember this young adult fiction book, which must date back to the 1970s. I can only remember a few faint details, and I'm not sure I have them right. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on Oct 31, 2015 - 0 answers

Modern novels set in Victorian-ish era

What are the best recent novels that are set between, say, 1800 and WWII? Particularly if they have a female protagonist.
posted by lewedswiver on Oct 26, 2015 - 22 answers

Authors like Rainbow Rowell

I love Rainbow Rowell! Can anyone recommend me books that are similar to hers in genre/content/tone? More details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Aug 24, 2015 - 19 answers

Anyone know a book about a boy in an isolation unit?

What's that novel filter: teen girl in hospital falls for a boy isolated behind glass. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Aug 21, 2015 - 2 answers

What is this mystery book/movie I'm barely remembering?

Help me remember this book or movie -- possibly from the mystery genre -- from the single plot point I recall? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 13, 2015 - 9 answers

What YA fantasy novel was this?

This is driving me crazy, because I know it's a book I like and have read more than once, but I can't for the life of me put my finger on it. Seems like Diana Wynne Jones but I can't find one of hers that fits. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Apr 21, 2015 - 4 answers

What was this trashy old scifi book?

A friend has told me about a book he remembers reading as a youth, and I am kind of maddeningly curious what it was. Any help? [more inside]
posted by kafziel on Apr 14, 2015 - 6 answers

It's not Pigs Don't Fly (YA novel question time)

Looking for the title of a YA novel, involving alternative dimensions, pigs flying, and improbability storms. [more inside]
posted by zabuni on Mar 30, 2015 - 3 answers

What book was it?

Bookfilter: I'm trying to locate a book I read as a child in the late 70's/early 80's. It was a (or in the style of) a Victorian melodrama, but written in a dry, humorous style. There were a few Tenniel-like illustrations here and there but it was mostly text. The little I remember is below the fold... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Feb 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me remember a fantasy novel from the 90s

Help me remember a fantasy novel from the 90s. Should have been available in paperback form around 1996. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Feb 17, 2015 - 12 answers

Have you seen this spy?

Do you have information regarding a (fictional) secret agent for a Commonwealth country? [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Feb 16, 2015 - 1 answer

'90s Literary Sci-fi Novel Identification

A literary Sci-fi novel I read in the mid to late '90s. Sketchily remembered details: A boy has been genetically modified for talent in the visual arts. He is told at one point to "open his gift" and goes on to become a famous artist and perhaps something of a guru. A few more details within. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest on Feb 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Novel with a baby kicking his heels?

This is such a little thing but it's bugging me! I read a novel with a scene in which two women are talking. One has a baby and they put the baby down (on a rug? on the lawn?) so he can 'kick his heels'. I am pretty sure it is a British novel and probably not recent, say written before 1980. Does anyone know what novel I am thinking of? Asking because I realise I never really understood what 'kicking his heels' meant until my own baby started to do it!
posted by prune on Jan 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Please recommend to me novels set during the Iranian Revolution

Wikipedia only lists 4 novels set during the Iranian Revolution. Could you name some others? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Jan 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Name that book: Orphan with a birthmark, evil aunt

Do you remember the book my mother read a decade or two ago? It was a romance and/or mystery featuring an orphan with a birthmark on her face, raised by her uncle (who turns out to be her father) and her controlling aunt (who turns out to have murdered her parents, and later her boyfriend and others with poisoned tea) as she investigates her own past. My mother probably checked it out from the public library in the mid-to-late nineties, but on the outside edge, could have been between 1990 and 2004. [more inside]
posted by yuwtze on Dec 29, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me remember this novel about a fake death

I've searched without success for a novel that I read and enjoyed sometime in the 90s or early 00s. As I recall, it was about a man who had to fake his own death (maybe he had accidentally killed someone?) and started a new life, working as a photographer. He caught something big on film (possibly a fire) and became an overnight sensation. The price for his works went through the roof but it brought him to the attention of someone from his old life and he had to disappear and start over again. He was trying to be a photographer, but since he no longer had any name recognition, no one was interested in his work. [more inside]
posted by Wet Hen on Dec 21, 2014 - 2 answers

I'm looking for a solid science fiction novel...

I'm looking for a solid science fiction novel to enjoy and then send along to a friend whom I owe a book. Recommendations will be much appreciated; a few details are provided below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mr. digits on Dec 20, 2014 - 36 answers

Please help ID a novel about a woman who was in a magdalen laundry.

I read the book about 6 or 7 years ago and it was to do with a woman in her late 40's to 50's who became pregnant when she was a teenager and was sent to a Magdalen laundry type place where she stayed for a quite a long time. After she left she became a midwife. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Dec 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Name of novel where US is evacuated, Europe filled w/ American refugees

There's a novel I remember getting from the library when I was very young, and it mostly flew over my head. I'm trying to remember its name. I believe the premise was the US had to be evacuated for some reason, and much of the rest of the world filled up with refugee camps and ghettos of Americans. [more inside]
posted by yesno on Dec 9, 2014 - 2 answers

identify that book filter: a short, illustrated book with a cowboy.

Ok, I read this book as a kid even though it was not a kid's book. I assume it's a bit obscure. It's a western (I guess?) In that it's set in the desert with a cowboy, but it's not a cowboy book. The story, from what I remember, involves an old, frail but strong cow who has just given birth and her stand-off to death with an old, frail but strong mother wolf or coyote and her cubs in the desert. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Dec 9, 2014 - 1 answer

Coming-of-age in the 60s

I'm looking for novels that are about, or mention in a significant way, growing up in urban 1960s America. Give me all the books you know with lots of silly detail about cars, music, sports and fashion! [more inside]
posted by The Toad on Dec 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Lost Sci-Fi Novel

Posting on behalf of my father, who's looking for a sci-fi novel he read a long time ago. [more inside]
posted by nml on Dec 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Why are the ages of cars always mentioned in Parker novels?

I've started reading the the entirety of Richard Stark's Parker series, and I can't help noticing that the ages of cars are always mentioned. It's never just a Pontiac, it's a "two year old Pontiac." Or, "The Cadillac was four years old." Did cars in the '60s have ridiculously short life spans? What's the deal?
posted by cthuljew on Nov 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Name this book, difficulty level: German translated into Russian.

For a coworker: I'm trying to track down a translated YA novel my co-worker remembered reading as a child in Russia. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Nov 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Finding a book I read years ago: Jailhouse Lit edition

Years ago I read a funny novel from the public library, the premise of which I can best describe as M*A*S*H crossed with Hogan's Heroes and set in a maximum security men's prison. This would have had to be about 25 years ago or more. Wondering if this rings a bell with anybody who can tell me what it might have been.
posted by Flexagon on Sep 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Another novel identiying question

Once again, I can't remember the name of a book I read a while back. I read it in 2006. I remember the plot pretty well but I'm unsuccessful with Google. The protagonist is a woman, age 30, and her employer has just died. She's extremely tall, which is a pretty important part of the story, I think. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Sep 7, 2014 - 5 answers

How critical was being physically present to the success of your book?

How critical was being continually physically present for readings, signings, interviews and other events to the success of a book? Was most of your successful promotional efforts in the first year online or over the phone? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Aug 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Need the title of a space-based science fiction novel

Around 10 years ago I read a science fiction paperback novel (that I think had been recently published) and I can't remember what it was called. All I can remember is that it was largely set on a spacecraft and there were a group of Humans investigating a series of horrible deaths on a planet and on another spacecraft. They found the bones of the missing people buried on the planet they were investigating.
posted by DarrenLB on Aug 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Pairing fiction with eras in common

So two books I really love are Heaven to Betsy and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I love how they go into the details of the period they take place, particularly the fashion and food. It was also only recently I realised that they take place roughly around the same era. It really surprised me because they are so completely different to one another. Francie has an alcoholic father and the family can barely get food on the table; Betsy's biggest ordeal is falling in love with a boy that doesn't like her back and not studying for an essay contest. So my question is two-fold and is aimed at requesting book suggestions. [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jul 25, 2014 - 23 answers

Captain Planet - but for grown ups

Please help me come up with a decent name for a group of four fictional characters who have power over the classic elements in an equally fictional world. [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Jul 15, 2014 - 25 answers

I'm looking for a romance novel I read in the mid-nineties

I am looking for a romance novel from around 1993. I know that romance novels are a dime a dozen but I am hoping that, somewhere in the hive mind, there is someone who loves trashy books with a better memory than me. Here are the major plot points: [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Jul 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Extreme Exposition

I wish to read fiction that has a very high ratio of exposition imparted to amount of actual writing. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Jun 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Thoughtful-but-entertaining novels for the nonliterary type?

I'm teaching an introductory course on prose fiction (reading, not writing). What fun post-1900 novel should I put on the syllabus? Should be intelligent, but needn't necessarily be, you know, Literary. [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2014 - 40 answers

Historical British Detective Novel(s)

I'm looking for suggestions for a book that could appeal to a diverse set of people (i.e. my family). Some historical fiction set in England/Scotland/Wales/Ireland, with a detective-style plot, seems like it would work. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Jun 8, 2014 - 29 answers

Young adult novel about becoming a girl becoming a fugitive?

In the late 90s, I read a lot of young adult novels - the plot of one in particular has stuck with me for years and I think about it way too much. If you could help me track it down I would be forever grateful. Basic premise, a teen girl sees something she shouldn't while at her father's house and she then goes on the run. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jun 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Name that romance novel (with the weird plot)

Posting for daughter as I've not a clue: "I am looking for an older romance novel - 1970s? - that I read (and reread) between 1984-1990, but I cannot remember any of the characters' names, nor the title or the author. [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on May 6, 2014 - 6 answers

BookFilter: Apocalypse novels for children

Back in 1987 or so, I read a children's/YA book that begins with a young girl who survives an end-of-the-world event (nuclear? meteor?) alone with her father and brother in a huge nuclear bunker. The second half of the book is about a girl with the same name who is a descendant of the survivors. Can you help me figure out what this book was? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Name that book: a detective novel in Los Angeles

Help me remember the title of this book? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Mar 27, 2014 - 5 answers

I need help finding a specific type of book.

When I was a kid, there seemed to be a million of a certain type of romance novel on the market. They would be less "romantic" and more "dramatic" and "sordid", the type of books that would have, say, a pale pink cover with a picture of a tiger lily and a string of pearls, with titles like "deception" written in swooshy letters. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Mar 8, 2014 - 28 answers

What was that novel that mentions grissini as a sexual metaphor?

I read a novel that has lots of sexual scenarios, one of which involves a "frigid" woman who is repeatedly offered grissini (breadsticks) by a waiter as a subliminally sexual seduction. There was another ongoing scene in which a woman was a research subject for testing orgasm response. Why? Because I can't remember and like the pirate with the steering wheel belt buckle, it's driving me nuts. Thanks!
posted by haineux on Mar 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Paper or short excerpt of a book on early modern/victorian novels

I've been trying to find this paper I remember reading once (it was probably on Metafilter) but I can't seem to find it in the search. It was about a thoroughly mediocre early modern or victorian novel which was interesting because it taught readers the conventions of novel reading. It was full of scenes that showed characters reading novels and having emotional reactions. [more inside]
posted by taromsn on Mar 3, 2014 - 0 answers

Vampire Pigs?

My mom is trying to remember a book she read in the late 80s that had vampire pigs in it! [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Feb 22, 2014 - 2 answers

I need to build a "social media platform" to market my novel -- help!

In order to get my novel published (comedic science fiction), I've been told that I need to build a social media platform (website, facebook, twitter, etc.) and that if publishers see that you have a following they're more likely to take a chance on you. I'm building a website and getting a facebook page in order, but I'm not sure I get twitter, I'd like input on where on the web my audience may already lie, and I need to get over my aversion to self-promotion. [more inside]
posted by rkriger on Feb 12, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me identify this fantasy novel

I bought it from a thrift store sometime in the 90's. Mostly, I recall there being an auction of magical/religiously significant items and a chase scene involving a golem. [more inside]
posted by darchildre on Feb 6, 2014 - 2 answers

Googling "weird camel thing" surprisingly proved fruitless

I am trying to remember the name of a fantasy book I read around 1990 or so. It was written for pre-teens/young adults, took place on another planet, involved a longish journey on some sort of camel-esque creature and the development of a relationship between a trainee warrior-type and some sort of novitiate. Any ideas as to what this book could be? [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop on Feb 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Seeking names to one classic movie and a couple SF/F stories

My google-fu is not helping me on these, this is sort of a disjointed question, for whatever reason a few disjointed memories have come to mind recently from media I once consumed, I can usually figure out the sources if I can piece together this much memory but I haven't managed to with these ones. I read/watched these long ago. This is one classic romantic-comedy and various SF/F novels and short stories. [more inside]
posted by elista on Jan 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Recommend books that are like Stephen King short stories

I really like Stephen King's short stories, specifically those that focus on possessed objects or ghosts/demons/ghouls manipulating objects. I'm thinking specifically of Lawnmower Man and The Mangler. Can you recommend horror novels in a similar vein, by Stephen King or by others? [Spoilers for The Shining within] [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jan 2, 2014 - 15 answers

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