Do you know Buenos Aires? Have you read something - a book, author, novel - that truly captured the city for you? We are taking our first trip to Buenos Aires in the next couple of months and I'm looking for books to read that are particularly Argentinian or somehow reveal aspects of the city, its history, people and/or culture that aren't covered in the Frommer's.
Prescription glasses vs drug store glasses [more inside]
Read any good bricks lately? [more inside]
I am looking for recommendations for a relevant short story to read to children on Take Your Child to Work day. Our activity theme is "mapping your future." [more inside]
I am about to embark on a massive technical book reading escapade. Please share your information retention methods. [more inside]
Ton of books + unused corner in totally sweet loft = book harem! I'd like to put together a space for up to 4 people to hang out, read, write, meditate, or generally just relax. Help me design & accessorize it! [more inside]
I'm 30. Each year until I'm 60 I want to read a masterpiece by an author the same age as I am when s/he wrote it. Help compile my list. [more inside]
What are some great novels that are set in Tampa? [more inside]
How do I go about gaining a reading knowledge of Dutch on my own, and what is important to emphasize when doing so? [more inside]
Books like Watership Down? [more inside]
How to have fun in Reading, UK? [more inside]
I have a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble. I want to go and pick something amazing up to read. What should I be reading now? [more inside]
I need extremely light and easy reading, but I am a snob. [more inside]
Artistic mind in need of improving his academic side OR Please help me learn and write about history. [more inside]
Seeking strategies to get all reading done within allotted time without sacrificing close reading on literature. [more inside]
What New York City Preschools teach children reading before they get to kindergarten? I'm looking for names. Thank you!
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]
What are some good resources for finding out about recent/new/upcoming non-fiction books that discuss the web or the internet? [more inside]
You're probably all familiar with this: you spend a couple of hours burning through pile of Google Reader/Read It Later/Instapaper items, and everything seems to clear and informational and your attention level is high and you get all those great ideas and... and it stays in your head for two days. Do you know any good tools or habits I can use to improve retention of what I read? Do you keep a journal? Make notes? Write down short abstracts of more interesting articles? Periodically re-read some stuff? [more inside]
Recommend me a translation of the Bible (New Testament would be nice but optional) that's an engrossing read — if such a thing exists. I want a translation/interpretation that places emphasis on the story being told. [more inside]
BookFilter: I think the book takes place on Earth, and I think the book was written recently. A disaster of sorts happens and the only area of survival is a narrow strip of land, perhaps wrapping around the world, and perhaps powered/maintained by pipes. If people venture away from this strip, their worst fears/nightmares materialize and attack. I came across it somewhere on MetaFilter. Thanks in advance!
Recommend to me materials to help a 5 year old learn to read. [more inside]
How can I help my 13 year old cousin get into reading? [more inside]
Please recommend some great prose stylists! [more inside]
I'm looking for fiction that's written in the form of letters and other forms of correspondence. [more inside]
What are the best magical duels and battles in literature? Sorcerors blasting each other with lightning bolts, the metaphysical shenanigans of Last Call etc, whatever. I haven't actually read the Harry Potter books, so if there are any particularly good wizard battles in that, do say.
Book-filter: My husband and I are expecting our first child in early May. He would like a book on parenting, especially along the everything-you-need-to-know-about-infants perspective, as he has never really been exposed to babies. [more inside]
I'm looking for book recommendations for teenagers learning English. [more inside]
Strange new personal interest... Help me find more things to read about non-traditional approaches to coaching/playing/thinking about sports. [more inside]
Is there a more durable equivalent of the Bookchair that I could get my sister for Christmas? Right now, our home is littered with bookchairs that fell to the ground and broke in a pretty permanent way. And that's awfully tiring. The key component is the fact that the page holder "tabs" can adjust for either very thick or (somewhat) thin books, so that's vital in any replacement. I'm in Canada.
What children's book was this I read a while ago? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good novels relating to language learning, linguistics, or translation? [more inside]
Dad gift filter: Hive mind, what are your favorite books I can get as a gift for my father that are easy-to-digest-in-snippets kind of book? Topics such as self-help, wisdom, psychology, philosophy, biography, and creativity are all great. [more inside]
I'm an Aunt who is utterly lost on what book would be good for her 10 year old nephew. He is just starting his first chapter books and I do not know what is good in tween? literature these days. Help? [more inside]
I need book suggestions for an autistic 7 year old. [more inside]
How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it? [more inside]
Please recommend short books (15-35 min from start to finish) for middle schoolers who read at the 3rd through 5th grade level. [more inside]
I'm looking for snippets of song lyrics that reference authors, books, or reading, and I'm looking for ones that can (more or less) stand on their own outside the context of the song. [more inside]
What book recommendations would you have for someone who really enjoyed Lev Grossman's The Magicians? [more inside]
My book club is looking for some book recommendations. We’re hoping to find books that will be a bit out of our comfort zone, but will still be engaging. In particular, we’d like to try something outside of the literary fiction or historical fiction genres. Sci-fi, fantasy, mystery or even a short story collection would be welcome. We like good writing, but we love ideas and themes that lead to interesting discussions even more. [more inside]
Please tell me, what is the best English translation of the Mahabharata? I'm not particularly concerned that it be a verse translation. I would prefer something that's available in electronic form (for reading on my Nook). Something that's public domain, and therefore available on Google books, even better. But these are preferences, not hard requirements. I'm more concerned with reliability of the translation. [more inside]
Books that "hint" at life lessons or realizations about life? [more inside]
I'm losing my mother. I'm looking for a book to help me deal with the pain. [more inside]
Help a reader's dream come true: I want to be able to search my Amazon wishlist. [more inside]
Help me remind myself NON-ELECTRONICALLY to read twice a day at work. [more inside]
Midwestern Urban Fiction: Great novels that exemplify the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest?
Midwestern Urban Fiction: What are the great novels that exemplify or characterize (as opposed to "are set in") any of the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest (St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, the Twin Cities, etc.)? [more inside]
What is News? I'm looking for any books, blogs, essays, articles, etc. that relate to any intelligent definitions of news or how people believe the news in 50 years will work. I'm not interested in evaluations of bias, the demise of mainstream media, or inane ramblings about Web 2.0. [more inside]
I'm looking for any advice that will get me excited about literature. [more inside]
My wife and I love to read books in bed, just before going to sleep. I usually use my iPhone 4 Kindle app. Lately, however, the biomechanics of semi sitting up in bed have been taking there toll on my already somewhat debilitated spine (mild degeneration). I would like to be able to lie flat and read by staring straight up (or at least give this a try). Unless you've tried it, you may not know that simply holding the device or book overhead with your arms simply doesn't work. Some kind of holder is needed. I am looking for anyone's suggestions on what might work, perhaps those who are, or know someone who is, quadriplegic, or otherwise disabled might have some good ideas.I'm not so much looking for something I could kludge together, but more interested in something that is already available; I'm not firm on this, however. All suggestions are welcome, though!
I'm interested in the intersection of corporations and government. I come from a legal background What area of study would you class this as, and what reading could you give me? Bonus points for UK-specific, but US and global are fine as well. [more inside]