I'm putting together a syllabus for an introductory creative writing class. It's not themed, but my taste in fiction runs towards the dark and Gothic (Shirley Jackson, Joyce Carol Oates) and I'd like at least some of the personal essays I assign to fall into the same vein. [more inside]
I realized recently that I like nonfiction books that are about things -- books that don't have an obvious narrative, but that are exciting to read nonetheless. Any suggestions? [more inside]
What are some examples of famously comprehensive, authoritative works in a particular field, on par with Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming or Feynman's Lectures? [more inside]
Going to Europe and need books to pass time during the long flight there and various train trips between destinations. Strongly prefer nonfiction--more specs within! [more inside]
My ten-year old son wants to understand everything. He is a voracious reader and doesn't confine himself to kids books. He loves reading the newspaper (NYTimes, Boston Globe), fiction, and non-fiction books. He's old enough to really learn things by reading. Agatha Christie is fun, but he's ready for more than that. He's full of questions about society, politics, science, economics. I'd like to get him some books that will expand his mind, begin answering his questions, and show him how the world fits together. [more inside]
Of course, the real answer is most books, but I'm looking for something a little more specific... [more inside]
Recommend to me books about Malaysia, its history, politics, culture and society. [more inside]
How can I read more about life in countries other than the USA? [more inside]
Can you recommend some rousing, feel-good non-fiction? [more inside]
I'd like to add to my husband's very small library of books that have to do with fishing. Not limited specifically to just fishing, but more or less general maritime activities, such as crabbing, or boat-building, or mysteries of the deep....that sort of thing. [more inside]
I need more good non-fiction. I'm particularly interested in food and history (and, obviously, food history) but I'm getting a bit desperate so I'm open to anything except politics and sports. I prefer more in-depth and non-fluffy books if I can get them, with extra points if they're available on Kindle. [more inside]
I love reading nonfiction about pharmaceutical drugs, their development, use, methods of action, etc. What's out there lately that I should read? Recent books I've read inside. [more inside]
Please recommend fiction and nonfiction novels which depict folklore and mythology created by children who are free of adult supervision and authority. [more inside]
It's an especially slow time at work for me right now, and will be for a few more weeks at least. Please recommend some online time-killers. Specs within. [more inside]
You know how a lot of non-fiction books get really tiresome after the first few chapters? Yeah, me too. Help me compile a list of non-fiction books that can keep my interest from the first to the last page. Challenge: no psych/neuro allowed. Other sciences okay. [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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
I'm looking for a non-fiction book about the history of time in human societies. [more inside]
More non-fiction please! As a strange antidote to having to read a lot of dry academic articles, I enjoy pleasurable non-fiction writing about jobs and work. Books I've liked in the past include May Roach (Stiff); Atul Gawande (Complications, Better); Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed); and Tracy Kidder (House, Among Schoolchildren). I'd like recommendations for more non-fiction along those lines. [more inside]
Please recommend your favourite independent ebook publishers! [more inside]
I'm reading (and really enjoying) The Glass Castle, and my wife and are about to have our first kid. What other memoirs or non-fiction books should I read that focus on parenting, raising kids in unorthodox ways, or just plain unique families?
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]
I'm looking for suggestions for a "common read" book for a large public university. Any ideas? [more inside]
How can I determine Lexile or grade reading levels for juvenile nonfiction items that are out of print? [more inside]
Books recommendation for an industrial engineer [more inside]
For such a picky eater, I sure like to read a lot about food. What good food books can you recommend? [more inside]
Please recommend your favorite "behind the scenes" nonfiction books! [more inside]
Books about libraries, and books/essays about the future of them? [more inside]
I'm looking for readable accounts of revolutionary movements. [more inside]
Nonfiction accessible to the layman? [more inside]
Some good, interesting historical nonfiction? [more inside]
I love Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City. It's a non-fiction book about Chicago in 1893 which reads much like a novel. I'd like to read other books written in the same novel-esque style about some other cities or historic events. Know of any novel-like non-fiction reads?
Précis, outlines, abstracts for contemporary non-fiction books -- are there any sites or publications doing this? [more inside]
Do you have any recommendations for solid creative non-fiction magazine columns or the like? [more inside]
I'm looking for the longest sentence in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. [more inside]
Audiobooks: My Audible wish list is empty -- help me fill it with compelling, commute-friendly nonfiction and literary fiction. [more inside]
As a lay...very lay...student of Roman Republic and Empire, and anticipating the upcoming HBO/BBC series Rome with relish, I'm reading everything I can get my hands on about both Republic and Empire. Currently I'm reading an abridgement of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire I just inherited. What next? [insert Latin for "more inside" here].