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Books to take a train by

Next week, I am taking the Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland, Oregon. In a previous question about train travel, someone suggested reading books that take place along your train route. This is an idea I love ... and I have at least 47 hours to pass! So: what are your favorite (kindle) books which occur in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, or Oregon? Bonus for rural themes. I am not a big mystery fan, but if it is particularly excellent, I'll read it. Romance is out. Otherwise, I'm open to anything!
posted by ChuraChura on Jun 20, 2014 - 41 answers

Female wanderers wanted!

Seeking literary fiction with a transient, often solitary, female hero, please! [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Apr 30, 2014 - 40 answers

Like the Mixed-Up Files, But True

My friend is graduating next month with a degree in Museum Studies. I'd like to get her a book as a graduation present. Can you recommend any good memoirs or biographies or popular nonfiction books set in the museum world? I would rather it not be mainly about heists or looting or art crime.
posted by bluefly on Apr 30, 2014 - 13 answers

More smart thrillers like Brilliance and Lexicon

I've recently finished Marcus Sakey's Brilliance and Max Barry's Lexicon and I'd like more thrillers like them. By "like them", I mean: fast paced, lots of twists and action, an intelligent, speculative, science-fictiony central idea, but the book is not marketed as genre science fiction, but rather as a thriller. Some literary aspiration is a plus, as is a good Bechdel test score (both of the above books kind of failed on that latter criterion). Already read: Atwood, Gibson, Stephenson. I read a lot of "literary mysteries" like Tana French and the like, but here I'm more interested in action/thrillers and not so much mysteries or procedurals.
posted by matildaben on Mar 6, 2014 - 10 answers

What's the best history/non-fiction book on the bombing of Dresden?

I'm trying to learn more about the history of the bombing of Dresden, and am looking for the most reliable (yet accessible) source. [more inside]
posted by scblackman on Jan 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Seeking Obscure Subculture Fiction

Please recommend fiction about obscure subcultures. Basically, I'm looking for the fiction version of this question. More contemporary books (written recently and about contemporary subjects) are preferred but not required.
posted by Xalf on Jan 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Can you help me make the Great Native American Novel reading list?

I like to learn about different places and cultures by reading fiction set in those places and with characters from those cultures. Can you recommend to me a contemporary novel about American Indians? I'm particularly interested in books about Native American communities in the continental US. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Dec 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Great histories of Boston and/or the American Revolution?

I recently moved to the Boston area, and realized that I don't know anything about it, or the main period that it's famous for. Please recommend me some non-fiction page-turners. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Sep 23, 2013 - 17 answers

best kindle book ever

Kindle book recommendations: I'd like to get my sister a kindle book for her birthday (she has the kindle. I'd like to send her a kindle edition of a book). I'd love recommendations! [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Jul 19, 2013 - 18 answers

Summer reading recommendation please!

I need a new book to read for my upcoming trip (including long flights). It must be available on kindle. Details inside, of the kind of book I am looking for. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Jul 10, 2013 - 31 answers

Book recommendation for a 13-year-old girl?

For her bat mitzvah, I would like to give my niece a book that is age appropriate but will also have lasting value. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Apr 8, 2013 - 30 answers

Introduction to choreography book

I'm looking for a good, introductory level book on choreography. I've taken several dance classes informally but have never formally studied dance or any performance art at the post secondary level so something aimed at a popular audience or 100-level textbook would be ideal. Any recommendations, hivemind?
posted by Kurichina on Mar 13, 2013 - 0 answers

Book Pose

I'm looking for a book about yoga. [more inside]
posted by Katine on Feb 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Typical life in the 1840s?

Looking for recommendations of books that illustrate typical American life in the 1840s-- not Wild West-type stuff. Ideally New England-area. Fiction or non-fiction, either way. Thanks!
posted by shakespeherian on Nov 19, 2012 - 13 answers

Celebrating the Death of Arthur

Has anyone ever written an Arthurian novel with the Round Table as the bad guys? I am specifically *not* talking about books from the perspective of Mordred or Morgaine (or any of their cognates.) There are lots and lots of those. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Oct 13, 2012 - 7 answers

The amazing world of science let me show it to you

I'd like science-, scientist-, or engineering-related book recommendations for a 9th grade student reading at a 6th-7th grade level. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Sep 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Books that make you feel glad to be human?

You helped me feel depressed through novels. Can you now help me feel good about being alive and connected to humanity through books? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Sep 15, 2012 - 26 answers

Rehabilitation motivation

Please recommend books or blogs that document full/near-full recovery and rehabilitation after an injury. [more inside]
posted by mimo on Aug 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for a book recommendation that combines art and philosophy

Students of art, lovers of philosophy, can you recommend a book I can buy as a gift for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Jul 25, 2012 - 17 answers

Help Feed My Reading Elephant's Kindle

Can you recommend something to read from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library? I have trawled through there for ages this month and last month and I'm having trouble finding something good that I haven't read before. [more inside]
posted by dragonplayer on Jul 5, 2012 - 18 answers

Books in/about Philippines

Please recommend some non-fiction books about Philippines, and fiction set in Philippines. [more inside]
posted by vidur on Apr 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Central America history book-filter

If I could read just one history of Central America, what would it be? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Apr 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Daniel Webster Biography

What's the best, most readable biography of Daniel Webster? [more inside]
posted by Partial Law on Jan 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me, help them, help us all

I need a book recommendation for my conservative parents, something of critical thinking subject matter but not tip them off its picked to change the way they think. [more inside]
posted by MiltonRandKalman on Dec 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Yet another book recommendation question

Book recommendation filter: If you've enjoyed reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, tell me what other books in a similar vein you've also enjoyed. [more inside]
posted by oracle bone on Nov 17, 2011 - 52 answers

Robert C. Solomon On Love and the Passions

I'm interested in exploring Robert C. Solomon's work on our human passions, love, etc., which was one major focus of his work. Since he was such a prolific author, I'm a bit overwhelmed by the choices available. Does anyone have works they recommend in particular? Thanks.
posted by Judd Danby on Nov 4, 2011 - 3 answers

vampire romances are OK if they are good

Give me your best YA and children's fiction. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Oct 6, 2011 - 64 answers

Books that will make me weep?

Help me be sad. Recommend to me depressing, sad, mournful fiction. Books that made you sad and a tad tearful. I just want to access these emotions and be taken away in good writing and wonderful characters. Any genre is acceptable except YA (unless you can prove it is real exceptional YA I suppose). Less cliched angst situations as well.
posted by kanata on Jul 21, 2011 - 88 answers

Recommend some good texts for a new mechanical engineer.

Can anyone recommend good texts for a new engineer to study while searching for work? [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Mar 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Who should teach me to put penis drawings on everyone's screen?

Homing in: Books for learning After Effects or AE and Flash. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jan 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Good books for an adult new to reading novels

Looking for book recommendations for my 20 year old sister who has just realised that reading can be fun. [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine on Dec 15, 2010 - 55 answers

Do you know Emily Dickinson?

I would like to read a biography of Emily Dickinson. Do you know of a well written, not too highly academic one? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Dec 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Data mining book recommendation.

Data mining book recommendation. I would like a recommendation for a single book which would give me a comprehensive guide to data mining. Ideally this book would contain plenty of examples of real world applications of data mining techniques in a variety of contexts. Bonus points if it contains exercises which I can do myself in whatever software package they recommend. There is no shortage of resources online but I would value a recommendation from someone on here. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Oct 27, 2010 - 4 answers

What book should I give to my father-in-law?

Book recommendations for a retired anthropologist? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Oct 19, 2010 - 8 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

Uhh... I'm at a loss.

I've been having bad luck finding a good book lately. Naturally, I turn to teh interwebz for help. Please to recommend me a good book? [more inside]
posted by chicago2penn on Aug 29, 2010 - 21 answers

Recommend me some great South American fiction

Less magical, more realism. Recommend me some great South American fiction. [more inside]
posted by sleepy boy on Aug 10, 2010 - 16 answers

Nature Book!

Book recommendation! Need a gift, fast! Nonfiction or fiction, but must deal in some way with humanity's relationship with the natural environment. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jul 9, 2010 - 33 answers

What's a really good, non-fiction book about a city?

BookRecommendationFilter: Where can I find another book like Maximum City by Suketu Mehta? [more inside]
posted by iktomi on Jun 18, 2010 - 7 answers

If Coetzee wrote true crime, how would it look?

Summer Reading-Filter: intelligent true crime? Essentially, I want all the gruesome pleasure of the content, without having to cringe through a sensationalistic treatment thereof. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jun 9, 2010 - 49 answers

"All extraordinary men, who have accomplished great and astonishing actions, have ever been decried by the world as drunken or insane"

Books for/about disaffected, disillusioned young men? [more inside]
posted by prufrock on May 22, 2010 - 37 answers

PHP book recommendations?

I need to know more about PHP than I do. What book(s) can I buy that will help me do this? [more inside]
posted by Xany on May 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Non-fiction books about disease.

I'm looking for good, non-fiction books about epidemiology and the history of disease (or of one outbreak of a disease). I'm especially interested in the intersection of social history, epidemiology, and intellectual history (like in Steven Johnson's fabulous The Ghost Map). Think "Erik Larson, for microbes." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on May 9, 2010 - 40 answers

Not The Bridge Over San Luis Rey

Just had a break-up. I need a book recommendation. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Mar 24, 2010 - 17 answers

Punchy non-fiction with an educational bent?

If I enjoy the engaging (and frequently humorous) nonfiction and memoir of Stephen Fry, Mary Roach, and Bill Bryson, who else should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by sciapod on Mar 10, 2010 - 26 answers

What adventure fiction is set in a nomadic culture?

What books and movies feature fantasy or adventure in a nomadic culture? I just watched the movie Mongol, and it really reminded me of how much I enjoyed the enjoyed the Daenerys chapters in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I guess I'm attracted to the idea of warring tribes, of only owning whatever you can carry with you, etc. What other exciting works of fiction use this kind of society as a background?
posted by shanevsevil on Mar 3, 2010 - 21 answers

Please recommend a great Washington, D.C. political thriller.

Book filter: can you recommend a good political/journalistic novel set in Washington, D.C. that meet the following criteria? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jan 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Did you know there were giant beavers?

Good books about prehistoric life which are NOT about dinosaurs? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 22, 2009 - 8 answers

"He spoke of the English, a noble race, rulers of the waves, who sit on thrones of alabaster, silent as deathless gods"

BookRecommendationFilter: I need recommendations for books about English culture. Doesn't necessarily have to be anthropology-heavy. Bonus points for being humorous. [more inside]
posted by prufrock on Aug 27, 2009 - 25 answers

Excel Programming Book

Can anyone recommend a good book for medium-advanced level vba programming for Excel?
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets on Aug 4, 2009 - 1 answer

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