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Seeking book suggestions for Read Harder 2019 challenge

Bookriot has an annual "Read Harder" challenge, suggesting 24 categories of books to read. I need good recommendations for 18 of them. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 to Media & Arts at 5:43 PM on Dec 14, 2018 - 21 answers [25 favorites]

I just want to stop overeating.

I have dieted and regained weight my whole life. Now in my 50s my BED is getting worse. I thought it would have resolved by now. What do you say to yourself to get in control? [more inside]
posted by barnowl to Food & Drink at 11:47 AM on Dec 14, 2018 - 18 answers [23 favorites]

Looking for eco-conscious, worker-friendly clothing sources

I am a clotheshorse. I have accepted this about myself. However, I am also in a position to be able to afford clothes that, through their process of being made, don't actively make the world a worse place. Do you have designers/shops/resources for me? My tastes and some examples of what I already like under the cut. [more inside]
posted by kalimac to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:34 PM on Dec 14, 2018 - 10 answers [23 favorites]

Year-round cranberry sauce alternatives

I made homemade cranberry sauce for the first time this Thanksgiving and loved it so much I'm making it weekly for my morning oatmeal. Given that cranberries are not in season year-round, what are other easy homemade tart-sweet fruit sauces/jams/chutneys/etc can I make? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque to Food & Drink at 9:11 AM on Dec 14, 2018 - 21 answers [18 favorites]


I hate Christmas. How do I not ruin Christmas for my children? [more inside]
posted by not_the_water to Human Relations at 9:43 AM on Dec 14, 2018 - 47 answers [12 favorites]

How do you teach an 11-year-old to code?

My 11-year-old is interested in learning to code, and I have no idea what to get him to help with that desire. [more inside]
posted by lieberschnitzel to Computers & Internet at 7:38 AM on Dec 14, 2018 - 10 answers [11 favorites]

How do you grieve the self you used to be?

For my entire life until last year, I’ve been a pretty even keeled person emotionally. But then something traumatic happened, and now my mental health is showing the effects. I’ve got PTSD. I don’t handle distress well, and I have a lot of trouble regulating my emotions. I’m doing all the things I’m supposed to do (including individual and group therapy), but it’s becoming clear to me that although these difficulties may wane eventually, even with a lot of work, they’re going to be with me for a long time. This makes me so sad. Mefites, do you have any suggestions for how I can come to terms with the fact that my brain behaves differently now than it used to, and that I’m functionally a different person now, with more limitations than I used to have? I’m tired of feeling sad and broken.
posted by anonymous to Health at 11:04 PM on Dec 14, 2018 - 5 answers [11 favorites]

What graphic novel do I want for Christmas?

I want to receive a graphic novel for Christmas. In the past I have loved Maus (like who didn't?), Bechdel's Fun Home, Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and Sattouf's The Arab of the Future. Given these favorites, what others might I like?
posted by DMelanogaster to Media & Arts at 5:07 PM on Dec 13, 2018 - 23 answers [26 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

Help me pick a new not-too-nerdy ringtone.

I'd like a new ringtone for my phone, something distinctive and easy to hear, as I often fail to hear softer, subtle ringtones when my phone is in my pocket in a noisy environment. I'd like it to be slightly nerdy, but not too nerdy. [more inside]
posted by signal to Media & Arts at 6:25 AM on Dec 14, 2018 - 32 answers [10 favorites]

Experiences for $900, Alex

What fun thing can we do for $900 - $1400 in the coming year? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork to Travel & Transportation at 11:41 AM on Dec 14, 2018 - 22 answers [9 favorites]

How do you stay warm...

... if you are a person who is always cold when the temp is below 72 degrees? Yes, I am a Very Special Snowflake about staying warm... it's just that I don't want to literally turn into one. [more inside]
posted by Armed Only With Hubris to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:05 PM on Dec 14, 2018 - 23 answers [9 favorites]

Give me your favorite jarred products: Jams, chutneys, spreads?

As stocking stuffings this year, I'd like to give my foodie family new condiments to try. What comes in a jar & is missing from their fridge? [more inside]
posted by frizzle to Food & Drink at 8:39 PM on Dec 14, 2018 - 13 answers [7 favorites]

What are some other weird holiday things?

I'm a fan of the Gavle Goat and I'm aware of the Yule Lads and Krampus. What other strange holiday things/creatures/what have you are out there to learn about? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon to Grab Bag at 8:44 PM on Dec 13, 2018 - 24 answers [13 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

touring about architecture

I'm in search of a NYC architecture or photography tour -- or some other experience I'm not thinking of -- for a serious hobby photographer who is interested in architecture. I am avoiding tours that focus on pointing out landmarks, or anything that assumes unfamiliarity with a city. [more inside]
posted by nantucket to Travel & Transportation at 9:10 AM on Dec 14, 2018 - 3 answers [6 favorites]

Film Recommendations for Fan of Time/Space Smart Horror/Thriller Movies

HUGE fan of movies/shows like The Endless, Black Mirror, Primer, Coherence, etc. and want to make sure I'm not missing out on any great films or new directors to follow. Streamable is much appreciated. What would be on your must-see list for movies similar to these?
posted by Lipstick Thespian to Media & Arts at 3:20 PM on Dec 12, 2018 - 26 answers [40 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Good nonfiction books about Medieval England?

Does anyone have any good nonfiction book suggestions about the Normans, Henry III's reign, or the Wars of the Roses? [more inside]
posted by JamesBay to Society & Culture at 10:33 AM on Dec 13, 2018 - 9 answers [19 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Two bad dental options (bone graft or bridge). Help me choose.

This was me in August. I did as advised and had the tooth pulled before my hiking trip and all was well. I've just gone back to the dentist to arrange my implant and have been told it can't be done without more invasive surgery. Two terrible and expensive choices are in front of me. You are not my dentist. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb to Health at 6:16 PM on Dec 14, 2018 - 7 answers [5 favorites]

New Urbanist Name needed for Transit Oriented Blog

Please help me come up with a name for my blog focusing on data and data analysis particularly on urban and transportation issues. [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble to Computers & Internet at 9:57 AM on Dec 14, 2018 - 16 answers [4 favorites]

I'll cry me a river that leads to your ocean

Sheesh do I ever dig Emotion as recorded by Samantha Sang. What else would I dig that I am not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt to Media & Arts at 1:49 PM on Dec 14, 2018 - 9 answers [4 favorites]

Help me find books to read with my young children

I have two young children, voracious readers both, and am struggling with the persistent challenge of finding things to read. Please help with recommendations. [more inside]
posted by forza to Shopping at 3:06 AM on Dec 15, 2018 - 7 answers [4 favorites]

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