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Where's the great Mormon novel?

There are about the same number of Mormons in the US as there are Jews. The founding of the Mormon religion happened relatively close to when large Jewish migration to the US began. Both Mormons and Jews had to deal with persecution. There are countless novels about the Jewish-American experience. Where's the great Mormon novel? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Feb 7, 2008 - 35 answers

Looking for the name of a sci-fi book.

Looking for the name of a sci-fi book. Man is injected with a serum that causes him to shrink forever, eventually discovering there are universes smaller than atoms. [more inside]
posted by Gudlyf on Feb 7, 2008 - 9 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

Where can I find the best old books in Denver?

Looking for good used bookstores in Denver.... [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 27, 2007 - 3 answers

Looking for an online store to easily find and purchase popular/classic books translated/written in European French. Mag subscriptions too!

I'm looking for popular books, novels, magazines, comic books...in European French (not Canadian French). I'd also like to be able to easily order/purchase them from home (preferably from places like Amazon.com). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Dec 4, 2007 - 8 answers

if you're goin' my way...

I know about road movies. What about road books? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Oct 29, 2007 - 50 answers

Can you help me find a book that I read when I was young and impressionable which involved a man named Tristram tripping out completely and turning into a tree and after a little bit, become chained to the floor whilst having his penis threatened with nail scissors by his ex-girfriend?

I read a very strange book when I was young. The main character's name was Tristram, and it was very trippy. He turned into a tree, and there was weird, bondage type stuff going on with his girlfriend going at his penis with a pair of nail scissors. Do you have any idea what book this was? I'm guessing it would have been published in the late 60's/early 70's. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Oct 26, 2007 - 15 answers

Why censor town names?

Why do/did certain old novels censor names of towns/shires/boroughs? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer on Sep 28, 2007 - 17 answers

Intelligent, clever, recent novel suggestions?

What are some intelligent, very clever (funny is OK, but not necessary) recent novels that are readable but not trashy? Think along the lines of Zadie Smith's White Teeth and Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Avoiding verbosity (Rushdie) and anachronism (The Great Gatsby, etc.), what's left? [more inside]
posted by stvspl on Sep 16, 2007 - 52 answers

Classics of 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.

Classic Novel filter : What would be considered classics in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s? Must reads? [more inside]
posted by boyinmiami on Sep 14, 2007 - 37 answers

Can you recommend good post-apocalypse novels?

I've just read a classic SF novel and I'm looking for some other titles in a similar vein. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Aug 30, 2007 - 52 answers

Oh, Mildred Lathbury! Where have you gone?

Please recommend novels whose heroines are similar to the protagonist of Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym? [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on Aug 23, 2007 - 16 answers

Best-selling UK childrens' books

Best-selling childrens' novels of the last 20 years (age 8+)? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool on Aug 17, 2007 - 22 answers

The Art of Writing

What is the correct way of writing paragraphs in a novel? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Aug 14, 2007 - 28 answers

What's on the syllabus?

What novels are on the middle school syllabus these days? or What novels should be on the middle school syllabus? [more inside]
posted by Wayman Tisdale on May 23, 2007 - 24 answers

Looking for epistolary novels

BookFilter: I've recently gotten done with Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger (link here). I'm looking for more books like it. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 23, 2007 - 19 answers

Novels Including or Focusing on Pregnancy

BookFilter: I’m pregnant and would love recommendations for fictional books including or centering on pregnant characters. [more inside]
posted by lynda on Apr 20, 2007 - 24 answers

Fairytales for grownups

I loved fairy tales as a child, and now that I am (nominally) a grownup, I love the "retellings" of fairytales — the fleshed-out versions which, for example, feature actual character development instead of lines like "she was as beautiful as she was good". I love Robin McKinley's retellings of "Donkeyskin", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Beauty and the Beast" (which she did twice for good measure), and Gregory Maguire's surprisingly political Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. What other good grown-up fairytales are out there?
posted by orange swan on Apr 11, 2007 - 60 answers

What are some classic novels penned when their authors were unusually young?

Help me think of great novels that were written when their authors were unusually young. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Apr 9, 2007 - 39 answers

Looking for good mystery novels/films centered around missing persons.

I'm doing research (for a writing project) into Film Noirs and Mystery Pulps, and I'm looking for good selections of a certain plot type: the "missing person" scenario. [more inside]
posted by SmileyChewtrain on Mar 11, 2007 - 20 answers

How many Pages to Write a Novel?

How many type written pages make up a novel? [more inside]
posted by finitejest on Feb 9, 2007 - 12 answers

Breakups in fiction

What are some great novels and movies about breakups and divorce? [more inside]
posted by tabulem on Dec 23, 2006 - 61 answers

Influential novels of each decade

What were some of the most influential novels of each decade of the 20th century? [more inside]
posted by n-clue on Dec 21, 2006 - 59 answers

What can I learn from comic books?

I like to learn things, but textbooks are boring! I find comic books gripping in ways that normal books aren't. Can you all offer examples of educational, information-rich comic books (or, if you prefer, "graphic novels")? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Dec 18, 2006 - 29 answers

Recommendations for Paris reading?

Recommendations for historical fiction about Paris? I'll be there for a couple of weeks, and have found that historical novels can really help me sink my teeth into a place. I have no particular era in mind, so the period is less important than the setting and the writing.
posted by walla on Dec 15, 2006 - 21 answers

Book recommendations that meet a specific criteria...

Looking for inspiration in two kinds of books. Perhaps you've got some recommendations? 1) Novels with very short "chapters" or fragments or pieces, that combine to make a whole; 2) Books boldly written, whether that be a writer being bold with timelines, punctuation, language, etc. (examples of both types of books inside). [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Dec 6, 2006 - 54 answers

What was the name of this cool book?

I'm looking for the name of a book I read in the early '70s about a genius who comes up with all kinds of ideas for solving everyday problems. [more inside]
posted by sixpack on Nov 8, 2006 - 1 answer

I can't remember and it's killing me!

What is the name of this novel/short story? A father is speaking to his daughter (Melanie maybe?) on the phone, and she tells him either that she's pregnant or marrying a much older man, who I think was her professor. I distinctly remember the professor being older than the father by quite a bit; I think the professor gets on the phone and calls the father "sir." The father is horrified, and to make matters worse, he and his wife are getting a divorce, which he doesn't want to tell his daughter about.
posted by tatiana wishbone on Oct 30, 2006 - 5 answers

Where Can I Find Sales Figures for Novels?

Where can I find sales figures for novels (new and/or classic)? I am aware of Bookscan and Publisher's Lunch, but those are very expensive.
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Oct 26, 2006 - 9 answers

The Hunt for a Book My Nephew Will Love

Please help me select a book as a present for my nephew. He's 19, and when I gave him a Chapters gift card for his high school graduation last spring, he used it to buy a complete set of Tom Clancy novels. Political espionage/intrigue/adventure has to be the genre I know the least about. If my nephew likes Tom Clancy's and Frederick Forsythe's works, what other books in the same genre would he enjoy?
posted by orange swan on Sep 17, 2006 - 25 answers

Good reads for a trip to Germany

Need suggestions for good reads to bring along on a two week vacation to (mostly) rural Germany for an American Lit and Creative Writing teacher. [more inside]
posted by ontic on Jul 10, 2006 - 12 answers

epistolary comic books and books

Has anyone done an epistolary comic book? It's not obvious to me how such a project could work and I'm interested in seeing what, if anything, artists have done with the form. I'm also interested in recommendations for good epistolary novels. I've already looked at the wikipedia page on epistolary novels and I plan to read some of the novels mentioned there.
posted by rdr on Jun 15, 2006 - 7 answers

Calling All Lit-Heads

Bookworm MeFites: I'm looking for novels, short stories, and plays by white authors where their non-white characters speak in a dialect. For instance, the slave Jim in Twain's Huckleberry Finn. [more inside]
posted by rossination on May 25, 2006 - 45 answers

What's the dirtiest book?

What is the most profane novel ever written? I'm talking about the absolute dirtiest work of fiction. And by "dirty" I don't really mean sexual content, like a de Sade book. I'm more interested in sheer volume of swears. Thanks!
posted by ktoad on May 9, 2006 - 36 answers

D'oh!

What are some good cartoons, graphic novels, essays, fiction that are about regular life, or a regular guy? [more inside]
posted by joaniemcchicken on Apr 20, 2006 - 37 answers

Atonement

Later today I'm teaching a class on Ian McEwan's Atonement. I'd like to juxtapose the extremely complex kind of atonement depicted in this novel with other, structurally simpler stories of atonement. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by josh on Apr 6, 2006 - 7 answers

What is Proust's longest sentence?

I'm looking for the longest sentence in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Mar 24, 2006 - 16 answers

Good Swedish novels?

What are some good Swedish novels? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Mar 20, 2006 - 17 answers

Publishing a novel in the literary market?

How does one go about publishing a novel (specifically a first novel) in the literary market? [more inside]
posted by deafweatherman on Mar 8, 2006 - 15 answers

What should we read?

What should my book club read next? [more inside]
posted by number9dream on Feb 26, 2006 - 43 answers

Recent Canadian Novels

Recent Canadian Lit. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by misozaki on Feb 25, 2006 - 24 answers

heretic!

There's a bit in, I'm sure, Foucault's Pendulum where one of the characters has attributed to her a heretical belief to the effect that one must experience all sins before being saved. It wasn't, I think, simply antinomianism. Is this an actual "respectable" heresy, and if so, what's it's name?
posted by kenko on Feb 7, 2006 - 8 answers

2nd person perspective narratives

Fiction usually comes in two flavours: 1st person narrative or 3rd person description. What short stories or novels have been written in 2nd person perspective (i.e. from the reader's viewpoint)? Also, are there any movies shot entirely from this angle?
posted by 0bvious on Jan 17, 2006 - 63 answers

Wanted: Narrators with mental disabilities.

LitFilter: Please help me find books, preferably novels, in which the narrator has some sort of mental disability. [more inside]
posted by nobody on Nov 20, 2005 - 47 answers

Asimov's Foundation Novels - What order?

Asimov's "Foundation" series: What's the correct order to read them? [more inside]
posted by punkrockrat on Oct 8, 2005 - 14 answers

Erotic Fantasy/Sci-Fi Novels?

I'm looking for high quality erotic fantasy/sci-fi novels. Any recommendations?
posted by alms on Sep 14, 2005 - 22 answers

Novels that appear prescient.

Tom Clancy's absurd Debt of Honor (1992) has a politically motivated suicider crashing an airliner into the capitol building. Hector Bywater's novel The Great Pacific War (1925) sort of kind of predicted December 7, 1941. Any other examples come to mind, novels presaging alarming events? Thanks in advance.
posted by IndigoJones on Sep 13, 2005 - 24 answers

Books about people aged 25-35?

Please recommend some good novels about people between 25-35. [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Aug 30, 2005 - 24 answers

What's your favourite trashy novel?

What's your favourite work of trashy fiction? I'm looking for some good, fun, trashy yet smart reads in which I can unabashedly wallow. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jul 19, 2005 - 47 answers

Not fear and loathing!

A friend of mine is looking for books, fiction or non-fiction, about the end of the sixties/beginning of the seventies, books reminiscent of HST's fear and loathing in las vegas. suggestions?
posted by Kifer85 on Jun 2, 2005 - 23 answers

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