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What are some contemporary coming of age novels?

What are some contemporary coming of age novels? I am in a reading group and our current theme is "the adolescent experience." But most novels we have read thus far speak to the experiences of past generations. What are some novels, written for adult audiences, that might describe the experience of a modern adolescent in our society? [more inside]
posted by slopepheasant on Apr 14, 2012 - 30 answers

How to read and talk about a book?

How do I communicate my thoughts about books I have read? [more inside]
posted by v.barboni on Apr 1, 2012 - 14 answers

And it was at that age, Poetry arrived in search of me

I want to start writing creatively, and am thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus on Mar 27, 2012 - 12 answers

Hunger Games predecessors?

What are the books and films that The Hunger Games rips off pays homage to? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Mar 23, 2012 - 36 answers

Hivemind suggestions for a newbie

Graphicnovelfilter : I am very much a novice when it comes to graphic novels but have enjoyed the realist works of Joe Sacco (The Fixer & Palestine) and The Burma Chronicles (Guy Delise) initially kickstarted along time ago by my stumbling upon Harvey Pekar (American Splendour). What other graphic novels of this nature should I be tracking down? I'm interested in International Relations / Politics / History / Travel / Journalism / Espionage - as well as more esoteric perspectives on the world - so anything ticking these boxes would be great.
posted by numberstation on Mar 21, 2012 - 26 answers

Are there any good novels that use Greek trade in or around the 6th c. BC as a way of exploring ancient cultures?

Are there any good novels that use Greek trade in or around the 6th c. BC as a way of exploring ancient cultures? Also, how far did Greeks travel during that time? Did they make into India? To the British Isles?
posted by jwhite1979 on Feb 20, 2012 - 17 answers

"It seems to me I am trying to tell you a dream."

Looking for novels with first-person narrators, in the style of Conrad's Heart of Darkness (specifically Marlow), E.L. Doctorow's Homer & Langley, Sandor Marai's Embers, etc. [more inside]
posted by scody on Jan 27, 2012 - 37 answers

Rashomon-style novels?

I read An Instance of the Fingerpost, which presents four narrators remembering one event, and loved it. I also love epistolary novels (oh, Dracula) for the same reason, but most of them don't quite play with narrator unreliability enough. What other Rashomon-style novels are there? Or, barring that, other dense, complex novels with one extremely unreliable narrator?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 13, 2012 - 37 answers

Post-Cold War spy novels?

Have any recommendations for post-Cold War spy/espionage novels? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Dec 22, 2011 - 20 answers

Totally niche!

I'm looking for a recommendation for a graphic novel for a 30 year old lesbian journalist. I want something funny, sharp, dark, etc. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Dec 14, 2011 - 31 answers

The Story of Suburban Rhonda

Looking for some suburban/small-town fiction or memoirs - think Tom Perotta, Lake Wobegon, or Northern Exposure. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Dec 11, 2011 - 38 answers

Looking for some books to get me through the winter...

Help me MeFites! Help me find the books that will allow me to space out during the holidays.  I'm looking for some engrossing, non-taxing, but not stupid, novels to read that will take me away from my ordinary modern life and its attendant pressures. Can you help?   [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Nov 22, 2011 - 48 answers

Recommendation for a book on jealousy in romantic relationships?

I'm looking for novels that explore jealousy in romantic relationships, particularly featuring a partner who is jealous or insecure about the other person's romantic past. Ex-boyfriends/ex-girlfriends haunting the relationship would be excellent. Any recommendations? ("Literature" preferred--i.e., trashy novels aren't my thing.)
posted by melancholyplay on Nov 20, 2011 - 25 answers

losterature

I entered graduate school in literature six years ago, and since then I feel like I've lost track what's happening in contemporary literature. Help me catch up: What are the essential works of the last six years?
posted by gerryblog on Nov 15, 2011 - 17 answers

Canonical works of Spanish-language literature

I'd like to broaden my reading in Spanish, and would like recommendations for books, originally written in Spanish, which are canonical enough to have been on Spanish or Latin American high school reading lists, or canonical enough that someone educated in Spain or Latin America might assume familiarity. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Nov 13, 2011 - 2 answers

I need more books to read!

I want to read more science fiction novels that deal with Artificial Intelligence or the Singularity or both. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Nov 10, 2011 - 32 answers

Fiction set in the '20s

I am in need of period-specific fiction. Specifically the 1920s. [more inside]
posted by Bachsir on Oct 28, 2011 - 23 answers

Which witch would bewitch me?

I don’t get the zombie and vampire love at all, but there is one fantasy archetype that has always fascinated me: the witch. What witchcraft-themed fantasy fiction can you recommend? The novels can feature the witch as a sympathetic or heroic character or as the villain, and can be terrifying, erotic or funny. They just shouldn’t be poorly conceived or written. I’d like examples with of a readable calibre, please. To give you something to go by, I enjoyed Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, but found Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour horribly bloated.
posted by orange swan on Oct 27, 2011 - 39 answers

"But MoTHER, I CAN'T now because I'm READING!"

Please help me to find graphic novel/illustrated novel/comic strip novel/picture novella/comic book (whatever they're called) suggestions for my seven year old daughter? Preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by peagood on Oct 11, 2011 - 31 answers

Tired of the anti-hero. I need a hero.

Can you recommend some good books that have characters that I would actually aspire to be like? [more inside]
posted by chevyvan on Sep 22, 2011 - 16 answers

The what that nothing what

I dimly remember some lines from a poem or novel that go something like, "The something something, which something something, something something something, that nothing [heals/helps]" Basically I remember the cadence, but very few of the words. The lines were very poignant. What were they? [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 answers

I like my protagonists teenage and depressed.

I'm looking for novels or movies that feature teenage protagonists suffering from depression, schizoid tendencies or similar psychological defects. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Sep 9, 2011 - 48 answers

Bargain Lit for the Kindle

Please recommend books you enjoyed that are 99 cents or less for the Kindle. Bonus: blogs that cover the same. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Sep 9, 2011 - 37 answers

Winter Is Coming, Fetch Me My Novel.

Cozy winter reading suggestions, please! Bonus points for books that won't make me hurl. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Sep 9, 2011 - 25 answers

What epic book should I read next?

What epic book should I read next? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 22, 2011 - 76 answers

"Happy families are all alike," but I want to read about them

"Happy families are all alike," which presumably makes things difficult for novelists, who need conflict to drive plot. But since I don't have a lot of great relationship models in my life, I'd like to read some novels about people with good marital or romantic relationships. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ThisIsNotMe on Aug 11, 2011 - 27 answers

What novel would make a great low-budget film?

What novel would make a great low-budget film? Any genre. Bonus for strong female lead under the age of forty, but not necessary. [more inside]
posted by michaeldunaway on Jul 28, 2011 - 27 answers

I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is.

I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is. [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jul 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Books on con artists, deception, foul play and secret double lives?

Recommendations for thrilling true-life tales of bluebloods behaving badly? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Jul 8, 2011 - 21 answers

toke-lit

What are some contemporary novels about potheads or that feature weed-smoking? [more inside]
posted by fryman on Jun 9, 2011 - 19 answers

LIBERTARIAN ENGINEER SAVES THE WORLD

Give your best examples of the SF/ Survivalist/ Wish Fullfillment sub-genre "libertarian engineers do everything better" or "objectivist superman saves history". More specifically ones where someone is the last man on earth/sendt back in time and constructs a free market utopia through sheer smarts and rationality ( with himself on the top of it, of course). [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jun 9, 2011 - 28 answers

Mysteries without conventional detectives

I need mystery novel recommendations! Looking for good mysteries with unconventional characters as the lead. [more inside]
posted by echo target on Jun 3, 2011 - 57 answers

Good translations of Cervantes and Tolsoy?

I'm up for tackling some big all-time classics, especially Don Quixote and War and Peace, and I'm wondering which translations to get. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Apr 29, 2011 - 19 answers

Thrill me

Looking for recommendations for thriller novels. Preferences insdie. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 28, 2011 - 17 answers

Give me girl power-- but with nuance.

I'd like recommendations for books, stories or non-fiction accounts of women wrestling with societal norms to achieve their goals and having trouble overcoming their own internalized ideas of gender. [more inside]
posted by DeusExMegana on Apr 23, 2011 - 26 answers

Trying to remember childhood novel titles

Looking for titles for two fantasy books from childhood, the publishing time frame is 1970~1990ish. Scenes from Game of Thrones reminded a friend of them... [more inside]
posted by nightchrome on Apr 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Seeking novels with mysteries (murder, chiefly) where the crime is not solved but the ending is nonetheless totally satisfying.

History is full of unsolved mysteries and crimes. I'm seeking novels with mysteries (murder, chiefly) where the crime is not solved but the ending is nonetheless totally satisfying. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Apr 12, 2011 - 20 answers

He said, I said, she said

Help me prove my friend wrong. What are some works of fiction (novels, short stories, even poetry) written by women, but from the first-person point of view of a male character? [more inside]
posted by Nixy on Apr 1, 2011 - 61 answers

Where is everyone talking about the books they read?

Where can I find thoughtful book discussion and analysis on the internet? [more inside]
posted by tumples on Mar 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Books similar to the novels by Velma Wallis?

Recommend me novels with Native American themes similar to Velma Wallis' Two Old Women and Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun. [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Mar 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Your favorite alternative Los Angeles novels?

What indie/experimental/small-press/"weird" novels set in Los Angeles would you recommend for an "Alternative L.A. Literature" list? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Mar 20, 2011 - 17 answers

help me remember who this writer is

Trying to remember a novelist (literary, non-best-selling). First novel included a character who was a "lifestyle consultant" in LA, telling rich people which music they should like, what kind of glasses to drink expensive Scotch in, etc. Second novel about a '60s radical on the run for a long time. The writer now lives in upstate New York, running, I think a bed and breakfast. Both books were excellent.
posted by Lizzle on Mar 16, 2011 - 1 answer

Fiction about cities?

Can you recommend great fiction about cities and the urban experience? [more inside]
posted by crackingdes on Mar 16, 2011 - 32 answers

Did best-selling novels have more sex a generation ago?

Are modern best-selling novels less likely to have sex scenes than the best-sellers of a generation ago? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Feb 21, 2011 - 18 answers

Dance-Club Book Club

ISO works of fiction about disco/techno/dance music! [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Feb 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Graphic Novels Without the Graphics, Please

I love superhero fiction. I love stories that look into what superhero powers would be like--its psychological and social ramifications. I love the mythology that has developed around superheroes. I love the darkness and moral complexity many modern superhero stories involve.... But I just cannot get into comics or any visual storytelling of that sort. So, can you point me to any good novels about superheroes? [more inside]
posted by meese on Feb 6, 2011 - 33 answers

Scenes From a Marriage

What are some novels in which the plot primarily revolves around a marriage? [more inside]
posted by Nixy on Feb 5, 2011 - 46 answers

Manga suggestions?

Graphic novels, manga collections? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Jan 25, 2011 - 18 answers

Sequels that equal the prequel.

Sequels by different authors that equal or better the work of the original author. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jan 15, 2011 - 24 answers

On the Read

I'm taking a roadtrip through the United States and am looking for book recommendations - books that have been written by authors who are from the cities I'm visiting, books that take place in some of the cities I'm visiting, or even book about travel in general. [more inside]
posted by makethemost on Dec 19, 2010 - 19 answers

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