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Books for the Divorced / Divorcing Man

So my divorce took a crazy turn for the worst and all hope of reconciliation has flown out the window. Can anyone recommend books for a man in his late 30s / early 40s going through and recovering from a divorce? Any books for either dealing with the divorce itself or dealing with life after and re-entry to dating world would be great.
posted by entropicamericana on Feb 14, 2013 - 3 answers

Likeable characters with lives I might want to live vicariously

I've been reading a lot of bleak books lately, often with antiheroes. Now I would like the opposite of that. I don't mind if some bad things happen, of course, or if there's conflict - usually that's kind of necessary for a good story. But I would like it if at least one of the main characters were someone I would want to be friends with. And if some of the stuff that they do or that happens in their lives makes me smile. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Feb 8, 2013 - 53 answers

Strictly speaking, I'm never supposed to do this.

I like movies that mostly reflect reality (er...let's say enhanced reality) but have a pop of wtf-was-that. Like the square that Mia draws in Pulp Fiction. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Feb 5, 2013 - 90 answers

What to read?

Seeking recommendations for fiction that features matriarchy / female led societies.
posted by travelwithcats on Feb 4, 2013 - 36 answers

Recommendations of books about unconventional defectors

I've been listening to 'Escape from Camp 14' on audiobook for the past few days, and I was struck by a brief overview of & reference to the story of Charles Robert Jenkins, an American defector to North Korea. I found the concept as mystifying as it was intriguing, so I would like to know if any of you have heard of any non-fiction books about other defection stories that involve citizens of democratic nations obtaining residency in nations that would be deemed objectively totalitarian and renouncing their countries of origin. I'm on the lookout for his book, 'The Reluctant Communist,' but I'd like to hear about other stories of this type as well.
posted by Selena777 on Feb 3, 2013 - 13 answers

Tips and Recommendations for visiting the Pantanal

I'm planning to visit the Pantanal wetlands later this year. Do you have any tips or recommendations for activities and tour companies? [more inside]
posted by Jakey on Jan 27, 2013 - 0 answers

Books on the history of photography?

I only really have time to read a single book on the origins of photography. What do you recommend? Think Daguerre and Talbot, no need for hundreds of pages devoted to the camera obscura. I'd also prefer something heavier on text than actual photographs.
posted by Lorin on Jan 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Novels of Dragons

Please recommend to me books prominently featuring dragons that will meet my rather high (and specific) standards. Lots of details to calibrate your suggestions inside. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on Jan 24, 2013 - 37 answers

What is Worth Nominating for the Hugos This Year?

I am eligible to nominate for the Hugo Awards (one of the big science fiction and fantasy awards) this year, and I want to do it right. I have about two months to read more books from last year to broaden my slate - what should I read? [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Jan 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Things Girls Don't Understand About My Drunk Kitchen

Recommend other Youtube channels/artists, now that Jenna Marbles and My Drunk Kitchen are annoying? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Jan 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Angelino Assistance Needed!

Recommend me some stuff to do in Los Angeles in January! [more inside]
posted by vibrotronica on Jan 6, 2013 - 19 answers

How the Other Half Lives (or, you know, Murders People)

Recommendations for fiction about the rich and all their trappings, imposters within that world, or stories where the mighty fell and then rose again? [more inside]
posted by dean winchester on Dec 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Can you help with nanny agency recommendations? Then please do!

Does anyone have recommendations for nanny agencies for nannies in Toronto? The internet is full of options but it's hard, as always, to tell which are better than others. [more inside]
posted by machine on Dec 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Sexy-Creepy Songs

chococat calls his rendition of Fame "dirge-like"; I call it creepy-sexy-creepy. e.g. It's rather a turn on, even though it sounds just subtly too menacing or scary to be a turn-on, but that very quality is why it's a turn-on. Any other recommendations for similar songs? (The only other one I know that fits is Poe's Control.)
posted by divabat on Nov 29, 2012 - 57 answers

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.

Can you recommend a sandwich bread? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Nov 29, 2012 - 18 answers

Lentement s'il vous plaît

I need movie, video, podcast, etc. recommendations in French. [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand on Nov 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Needle out of haystack

Can you suggest a low-key but memorable place to eat in Manhattan? Preferably close to a park and a movie theater. For Wednesday. Thanks for your help. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Nov 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Recs requested: Chicago therapists who will talk in session?

TherapyFilter, Chicago. Can you help my friend find a therapist he can jive with? [more inside]
posted by deliciae on Nov 16, 2012 - 2 answers

Brunch on Smith St?

Hi everyone, I have been tasked with finding a suitable location for brunch on Smith St. in Brooklyn for a sizeable group of people...let's say 10-12. Would love recommendations that are reasonably priced and tasty! Thanks to any Brooklynites who are able to help.
posted by duvatney on Nov 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Novel recommendations

Looking for specific book recommendations that are superb and by female authors/female authors of color. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 8, 2012 - 53 answers

Picking a selection of poems for a high school student

I'm tutoring a teen girl who loves Maya Angelou and writing her own poetry and I want to make her a book of poems to encourage/inspire her. What poems should I include? [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Nov 7, 2012 - 21 answers

Killing Time in Charlotte

How do I kill a few hours in Charlotte, NC on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Nov 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Flamenco Recommendations

In need of some exquisite flamenco music - give me your recs.
posted by heyjude on Oct 31, 2012 - 9 answers

If I were looking for print comics, Bone or Fables could fit the bill

I need more story-based webcomics (or at least, comics available online)! Ever since I stumbled across Gunnerkrigg Court recently, I've been on a long-form webcomic kick. However, I've now made it through all the archives, and it's going to be cold and rainy here for a while yet - so what else should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Oct 31, 2012 - 33 answers

Seeking the best stories, across all genres, about coming to terms with the world in the early adult years.

What are the best stories that feature young adults coming of age/coming to terms with life's imperfect realities? By "young adults" I mean "adults who are young," probably roughly 19-30, not "young people who are becoming adults." This maturing process can be central to the work or peripheral. One example: "The Great Gatsby." Short stories, novels, nonfiction, film, television and any other genre are all welcome.
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 30, 2012 - 29 answers

Metal with "clean" vocals?

Recommendations for a metal-noob? difficulty: "melodic" vocals [more inside]
posted by randomnity on Oct 19, 2012 - 50 answers

Camera recs

Good camera for shooting ceramics? I'm shooting some ceramics for an Etsy seller (along with some other work) and am wondering whether I'd be good with a basic P&S camera or whether it'd be worth renting a DSLR. If a P&S, do you have a recommendation for purchase that would be good for shooting art and crafts in the future?
posted by liketitanic on Oct 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Book recommendations: Zadie-Smith-ish, but not Pynchonesque.

I'm currently loving Zadie Smith. For various reasons, I don't like most of the authors she tends to get compared to. (DeLillo and Pynchon give me hives. Rushdie and Nabokov are just okay. Etc.) Who else should I read? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Oct 13, 2012 - 36 answers

Recommendations For Books On Writing Generally

I need recommendations for books on writing that address general craft issues - help? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Oct 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Novels about restoring houses

Please tell me of novels where restoring an old house is an important part of the plot, and where there is also a happy ending. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Oct 9, 2012 - 29 answers

"And right here I decided to use lens flare..."

What are your favourite DVD extras? Which DVD movie/TV shows have the best extras/bonus material? [more inside]
posted by meronym on Oct 4, 2012 - 43 answers

How do you even say Louvre???

French tv & movie recs for someone who wants to be entertained but also get used to the language? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Sep 26, 2012 - 27 answers

Italy: From Rome to Florence... and Beyond!

Italy travelfilter: The girlfriend and I are headed to Italy for a late in the year vacation and need help! We've done a lot of the major cities before and are looking for something more rural, but that makes planning a challenge, given our complete lack of experience with the Italian countryside. Help greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by slide on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Recommend some female-lead rock bands

Recommend me some songs (rock or pop) with female vocalists that send a shiver down your spine. [more inside]
posted by ish__ on Sep 17, 2012 - 65 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

Stories about affairs?

Searching for stories about infidelity. Specifically, stories about emotionally-involved affairs (not one night stands) where one party in the affair is married or in a long-term relationship and the other is single. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove on Sep 15, 2012 - 22 answers

A Canary Islands Honeymoon

Help me learn more about the Canary Islands as a possible honeymoon destination! [more inside]
posted by arveale on Sep 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Clean, mesmerizing, inspiring

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is one of the most beautiful, mesmerizing films I've ever seen, can recommend others like it? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Sep 10, 2012 - 41 answers

Couple seeking fun, young game for casual relationship. All calls answered!

Can you recommend games similar to Castle Crashers that my boyfriend and I can play together? [more inside]
posted by itsamermaid on Sep 2, 2012 - 16 answers

I need to know what I'm doing and when I need to do it.

I am looking for a wonderful timer program for Mac (OS X 10.7.4 +). It needs to have a Cocoa GUI (meaning a GUI that isn't ugly, and isn't unnecessarily complicated), the ability to run multiple timers, and the ability to name timers with a decent amount of detail. Sound is an important feature, too. Command line alternatives are also cool, but not ideal. More information inside: [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse on Aug 31, 2012 - 5 answers

My name is Christopher John Francis Boone

Please recommend books that are similar to 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (not just ones about autism). [more inside]
posted by fix on Aug 29, 2012 - 22 answers

What do I do now that I don't do drugs?

Please help me find some alternative activities to drugs and booze - stuff to keep me diverted and entertained during the long nights of insomnia and loneliness I'm looking forward to over the next few months. I'm looking for both general and specific recommendations - books to read, films to watch, games to play, things to cook and activities outside the house I could get involved in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2012 - 30 answers

What novels will nurture my inner entrepreneur?

There are plenty of non-fiction books on the subject of startups and entrepreneurship. But what about when you don't have the energy to learn? Please recommend me some novels on the subjects of creating products, building companies, etc. Inspiring tales of business and innovation... [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Aug 14, 2012 - 5 answers

The Maine Event

Looking for travel suggestions for Downeast Maine (far northern coast) for our trip this week. Bonus points for any must see short detours to take on our long road trip from Boston Logan to the northern coast and back? We are traveling with 3 year old Mini Murrey. [more inside]
posted by murrey on Aug 10, 2012 - 12 answers

What are some songs like Fanfarlo's Good Morning Midnight?

What are some songs like Fanfarlo's Good Morning Midnight? [more inside]
posted by jimwhimpey on Aug 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Investigating the mystery aisles: what do I want?!

I want to read a good mass market crime series featuring the same investigator(s). Of course, I have no idea what's "good" per my taste and the huge bookstore mystery section totally overwhelms me. Please help me figure out where to start? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove on Jul 28, 2012 - 33 answers

What movies/TV shows available for free with an amazon prime membership would I like?

Please recommend some movies and TV shows I would enjoy watching that are available for free streaming with an amazon prime membership. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Jul 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Standalone fantasy novels?

Looking for standalone fantasy novels or duologies. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 24, 2012 - 29 answers

What are some thoughtful documentaries/long-form articles about baseball umpires?

What are some thoughtful documentaries/long-form articles about baseball umpires? I'm wondering if there's a thoughtful, well-done documentary (I'm hoping for something of the caliber of HBO's now-defunct Costas Now) or a long-form article (again, in the caliber of New Yorker or Vanity Fair) that's accessible to folks who aren't exclusively diehard baseball fans. [more inside]
posted by lamprey on Jul 24, 2012 - 6 answers

GoodView?

I am looking for a Goodreads-like site for movie tracking. [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Jul 18, 2012 - 6 answers

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