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Worst Fears Come Alive

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!
posted by Korou on Jan 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Learning how to read: a primer

Recommend to me materials to help a 5 year old learn to read. [more inside]
posted by boo_radley on Dec 27, 2010 - 25 answers

How to get my young cousin hooked into reading

How can I help my 13 year old cousin get into reading? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Dec 27, 2010 - 42 answers

recommended prose stylists

Please recommend some great prose stylists! [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Dec 23, 2010 - 24 answers

Dear AskMeFi . . .

I'm looking for fiction that's written in the form of letters and other forms of correspondence. [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Dec 19, 2010 - 59 answers

Literature's greatest wizard fights?

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.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Dec 17, 2010 - 38 answers

Wanted: Care Guides for the Newly Human

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]
posted by questionsandanchors on Dec 14, 2010 - 33 answers

How to learn English through reading ?

I'm looking for book recommendations for teenagers learning English. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Dec 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Looking for stuff to read about revolutionary approaches to sports

Strange new personal interest... Help me find more things to read about non-traditional approaches to coaching/playing/thinking about sports. [more inside]
posted by healthykindofsick on Dec 13, 2010 - 13 answers

Replacement for our Humpty-Dumpty-esque Bookchairs?

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.
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 13, 2010 - 7 answers

What book was this?

What children's book was this I read a while ago? [more inside]
posted by LarrenD on Dec 10, 2010 - 9 answers

Once upon a time, there was a language textbook with a small, boxy declension table...

Can anyone recommend some good novels relating to language learning, linguistics, or translation? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue on Dec 3, 2010 - 25 answers

Dad book gift filter: Great topics in easy to digest booka

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]
posted by parma on Nov 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Books for a 10 yr old?

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]
posted by kanata on Nov 28, 2010 - 53 answers

Book it!

I need book suggestions for an autistic 7 year old. [more inside]
posted by pdb on Nov 26, 2010 - 19 answers

How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it?

How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Nov 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Please, no more Berenstain Bears.

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]
posted by halogen on Nov 18, 2010 - 10 answers

88 Lines about 44 Books? Or something like that.

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]
posted by redsparkler on Nov 17, 2010 - 60 answers

What to read after The Magicians?

What book recommendations would you have for someone who really enjoyed Lev Grossman's The Magicians? [more inside]
posted by article on Nov 17, 2010 - 24 answers

Suggest an interesting book club book

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]
posted by shesbookish on Nov 13, 2010 - 45 answers

Best English translation of the Mahabharata?

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]
posted by Ipsifendus on Nov 12, 2010 - 5 answers

"That's deep."

Books that "hint" at life lessons or realizations about life? [more inside]
posted by Evernix on Nov 9, 2010 - 26 answers

A book to help me get through the loss of my mother.

I'm losing my mother. I'm looking for a book to help me deal with the pain. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2010 - 30 answers

A Search in the Amazon?

Help a reader's dream come true: I want to be able to search my Amazon wishlist. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Nov 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Need to Read

Help me remind myself NON-ELECTRONICALLY to read twice a day at work. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Nov 8, 2010 - 13 answers

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]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Nov 3, 2010 - 25 answers

What is News?

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]
posted by sshelato on Nov 1, 2010 - 1 answer

Help me love literature.

I'm looking for any advice that will get me excited about literature. [more inside]
posted by piratebowling on Nov 1, 2010 - 29 answers

Help me find an iPhone or book holder to read in bed

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!
posted by Rad_Boy on Oct 27, 2010 - 13 answers

Name this area of study

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]
posted by djgh on Oct 26, 2010 - 2 answers

The Art of War

What books have helped you succeed and grow professionally? Although recommendations like Getting Things Done or How To Win Friends And Influence People would be great, I would also like to hear about fiction or non-business books that you have read that have positively impacted your career. I am familiar with this thread about particular fields. I am more interested in books that have helped you generally in your career, regarding topics as diverse as work ethic, courage, communication, organization, leadership, relationships, work-life balance, etc. If the Men's Style Manual has impacted your career, bring it on!
posted by jasondigitized on Oct 22, 2010 - 28 answers

WHEN is best time to do homework with 6 year old?

WHEN should I have my six year old first grader do her homework? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Oct 19, 2010 - 21 answers

Law & Policy Law & Society book recommendations

Your best recommendations for well-researched, well-argued books addressing issues of poverty, sentencing, crime and drug policy in the U.S. in the last ten years? Mass market or academic press are fine. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Oct 18, 2010 - 11 answers

What was this microfilm gadget called?

'70s microfilm technology filter - what do (did) you call a gadget for testing or enhancing reading ability by having a student look through a viewer and read one line at a time? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Oct 15, 2010 - 8 answers

It's on the web, but I want it in my pocket. Sort of as a book.

What's the best / easiest way to process / format material I've downloaded or copied from the web to read on Apple's Books app? On a Kindle? If I format for the Kindle, would the material be synced on both devices if I use the Kindle iPhone app as my reader? I've been using Calibre to rip ePubs, but there has to be an easier way than what I'm doing, which takes forever. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 12, 2010 - 15 answers

A Supposedly Fun Novel I'll Read Again And Again

ReadingListFilter: What is the most unmissable novel of the past decade? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Oct 11, 2010 - 55 answers

Looking for HST

Where can I read excellent sports writing? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Oct 7, 2010 - 17 answers

Seeking a road map to the periodical world.

What are good resources for magazine/journal literacy, maps of the terrain of the periodical world? [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Oct 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Kann ich hat einen Cheezburger?

I'm in what's supposed to be an immersive German language program, but my Internets are in English. Help me fix that! [more inside]
posted by coppermoss on Sep 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Puns about books? I'm drawing a blank! (page)

I need 144 (or maybe 36) different bad puns, "witty" sayings, and short jokes (plus accompanying pictures) about reading and books. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Sep 28, 2010 - 30 answers

Famous books that are easy to get into.

What are some famous and/or culturally influential books that are not hard to dive into? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Sep 24, 2010 - 51 answers

Help me get up to speed with current educational trends.

Teachers and other folks who work in the field of education: Where can I find out what’s currently popular/important in middle-school and high-school education? I’m looking for professional resources, trends, current education gurus—the kinds of things I’d find at Heinemann or at conventions like NCTE or IRA, but I’ve already been on the Heinemann site, and I can’t make it to conventions this year. [more inside]
posted by TEA on Sep 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Ways to Read Books On ipod

Have ipod touch--would like to read books on it! [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Sep 19, 2010 - 17 answers

How can I read 2666 in Spanish faster?

I've just started reading 2666...in Spanish. I'm proficient at reading Spanish, but I'm missing a lot of vocabulary, so the process is taking forever. How can I make it go faster? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Sep 18, 2010 - 5 answers

What's a good book on the lives of Hispanic immigrants?

What's a good book on the status of Hispanics in America? [more inside]
posted by tomtheblackbear on Sep 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Finding "A Common Reader" Again

I miss the Common Reader catalog. Have you missed it too, and do you know where to find a list of what was in the inventory?
posted by msamye on Sep 16, 2010 - 4 answers

pdf wtf imho

I want to read pdfs on my iphone, but unless the pdf was created with larger than normal text, it's generally too small to read. They don't use the available space efficiently and there is often large margins that could have been used to enlarge the font. Here are some shots of what I'm talking about. I've read that epub is the format I am looking for but haven't been able to find my pdfs as epubs (the books I get are mostly textbooks or from small authors that sell their books on their own sites (like Smashing Magazine), not through e\retailers who may have multiple formats), and converting via online services or desktop apps like Calibre have not been successful, especially for large documents... [more inside]
posted by dozo on Sep 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Reading material for a good 8-year-old reader who resists chapter books

My almost-8-year-old daughter is a strong reader at the word/sentence level, tested to have reading comprehension of a 12-year-old and with great recall of material she's read, but I can't get her into chapter books. Fundamentally, I think she's intimidated by all that unbroken text, and her attention falters. So what are some kids' books that require chapter-book levels of reading & comprehension but have illustrations on essentially every page? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Sep 14, 2010 - 51 answers

I wish I could find a master list of every library book I've ever checked out.

Help me identify this book from my childhood, please. It's set in a fictional (?) city with a canal system. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Sep 13, 2010 - 2 answers

For the widows in paradise; for the fatherless in Ypsilanti

What books should I read before I see Sufjan Stevens in concert? [more inside]
posted by gursky on Sep 6, 2010 - 5 answers

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