Questions tagged [identification-request]

Questions asking for identification of a story, book, or author, based on descriptive details provided within the question. Please be thorough and provide ALL of the details that you can remember when using this tag. (For questions seeking the original source of a known quote, use the [quote-source] tag instead.)

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German book where a hiring manager hires his former bully

I am trying to find a German book from which I read an excerpt when I was in high school studying German. In that book a manager at a company is reviewing applications for an opening at his companies ...
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Identify a poem entitled Mock Song, written in middle English in the 13th-15th centuries

I'm looking for a middle English poem, written in the 13th-15th centuries, which I only have in translation (to Hebrew). The translated poem is found in a chapter that contains three additional poems, ...
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Book about a mentally retarded girl being sexually assaulted by boys at her school, and one of them coming to grips with what he's done

This was one of those things that popped into my head earlier today, and I keep flashing back to it. I read this as a library book when I was in Ashland, KY, probably around the mid-90s. I think it ...
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Children’s poem about a boy stuck between the tracks on the underground

When I was young I used to love Michael Rosen. Don’t put mustard in the custard and lots of silly ones like that. I also remember that there was a darker poem in one of the poem compilation books set ...
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Spy story involving a strong magnet, a ludicrously precise X-Ray machine, and a code book

I read this somewhere in the early 90s, from a paperback book, in English. I would have sworn that this was one of the stories in Alfred Hitchcock's Sinister Spies collection, as I remember it being ...
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Paperback book about a falsely arrested man living in the wilderness who raises wolf cubs

The book starts with the protagonist, a shop owner, who gets falsely arrested for murder. While he's being taken away in a police car, he manages to escape and runs off into the woods, which happens ...
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Short story in orient-style city, man abusing the children who teaches him to play an instrument, covered by his wife

I am looking for what I think is a short story that I read approximately 8-10 years ago. I read it in French, but I think it was a translation. I vaguely remember that the story is set in a oriental-...
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Children's book - genius kid makes intramolecular level sword, builds spaceship out of cardboard

I remember reading a children's book: There was a little boy who was a genius. He invents a very thin and sharp sword which can cut on an intramolecular level. He then slices his fishbowl, along with ...
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Children's book in which there seems to be another person on the opposite side of their mirror

I remember reading a book in which there seems to be another person on the opposite side of their mirror. Its a children's book, and it is one of the books of a big series. I can't seem to recollect ...
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Character doesn't understand “question mark” dance, left tied up and a parachutist collapses the ceiling

I'm looking for a book I read sometime about 2008-2015, although the book itself is probably older. There is a woman who's a nudist but only at home (possibly just because of the weather where she ...
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Identification of a short story about a short irrefutable self-evident proof that God exists that is kept secret

I am trying to find a short story (about 20 - 30 pages long) I read a couple of years ago. Here is what I recall: The central idea is that a [catholic] priest creates (and writes) a very short (about ...
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Young-readers book of short-stories from 1960s or 70s - “Teenaged Millionaire”?

Daniel’s question a few days ago - about the 1960s kids’ book with “invisible dust” - got me thinking. I remember the grammar school book-buying program Daniel mentions - I think that may have ...
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What short story has a soldier deliver a secret message like “shoot the messenger”?

I recall a story, written in English, about a British or American WW1 or WW2 soldier who has to cross enemy lines to deliver a message which he was not to read. In the rain and mud, fearing the ink ...
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Help identify the story “I did not sell my child”; ends with the grown up child deserting parents

I read this story a long time ago in one of our class readings. It keeps coming back to my mind but none of my Internet searches return a story except for news articles. The story goes like this: A ...
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Looking for a Christmas/Saint Nicholas book

Sorry if this is off-topic. When I was a child (around 10 so early 90's), my grandparents gave me a book about the history of Santa Clause/Saint Nicholas/other alternate names. What I recall about the ...
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What is the English title of Tolstoy's memoirs “Without love, It's easier to live”?

I am trying to find the English name of the memoirs by Leo Tostoy titled Without love, It's easier to live (original Russian title Без любви жить легче). I could not find any mention of it neither in ...
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Horatio Hornblower book as part of anthology?

I first read C. S. Forester’s Beat to Quarters as a teenager in the mid-1970s. I remember it as having been included in a Readers’ Digest Condensed Book, but the Wikipedia listing of these books ...
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1960s kids book with “invisible” dust which people think improves everything but doesn't actually exist

In the 1960s, my grammar school (grades 1-8) encouraged us to buy cheap kids books; they had lists and we checked off what we wanted and paid for them. They were cheap; these were not new releases, ...
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Charles Bukowski's poem about waking up every morning and trying to be a poet/writer

I tried to google it, I searched in libraries and can't find it. But 15 years ago I read a poem by Charles Bukowski where he describes how every morning he wakes up and tries to be a poet/writer. Any ...
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Literary compilation with verse, poems, speeches, plays, bible verses

I need help finding a copy of a misplaced book. It was a literary compilation of verse, poems, speeches, plays, bible verses. It was very old, maybe written during a war. It had a thin leatherette ...
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Book about a flying girl and an underground colony

I read a post-apocalyptic novel that switched points of view between a boy from an underground colony and a girl who lived on the surface. The colony had survived underground for a long time, and I ...
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Roald Dahl short story - wife kills drunkard husband by spiking his drink

I am trying to remember the name of a short story by Roald Dahl, about a man who systematically got drunk at home every Saturday night. His wife kills him, I think by putting something in his drink.
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develop old film, solve an old mystery

This just popped into my head. I think I must have read it in the mid 1990s. I remember very little about it. I'm not even certain it was a novel, it could have been a short story. But I think it was ...
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Identifying the Name of a Short Story

I remember reading a short story about a married couple where a man was always obsessed with the news (I think it was on the radio) until his wife was so exasperated with him she nagged him and drove ...
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I'm looking for a book about children who go to live in the woods

I remember reading a beautifully illustrated book about some children going to live in the woods, when I was younger. The basic plot is that a few boys decide to go live in the woods, and it goes so ...
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Looking for a book. Action takes place in Spain

So I'm looking for a name of a book I once read. Description: Action takes place in Spain. I'm 98% sure it was Andalusia. I'm not sure author was spanish, though. Narrator is a young woman that lives ...
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Crime drama/mystery where a woman suffers a car crash, and searches for a child who doesn't exist

I remember reading this novel about 5-6 years ago, I think maybe as a recent release at the time. A woman is found wandering, dazed, having escaped from her crashed car. She claims she had to leave ...
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Looking for a mystery novel series whose protagonists are two old retired women

I am looking for a series of books, where the two main protagonists are old women, solving crime, much to the dismay of the local police. If I remember properly, they stumble on their first crime by ...
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What song is mai chhoro brajaki basari?

In Chapter VII of My Boyhood Days, Tagore describes how the narrator as a child became interested in music and singing. The "family friend Srikantha Babu was absorbed in music day and night":...
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Trying to find a creepy children’s book I read in elementary school

When I was in elementary school (from 2013-2018), I read a picture book I saw on the classroom shelves. It was a short picture book where a black cat would walk through an abandoned castle/manor of ...
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Man is in jail for murder, gets killed by victims family

Ok I think this was a short story I read, but it may have been a novel or even a tv show or movie. There is a man in jail for murder and a lady is there asking him to write in a journal or something ...
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Children’s stories about motocross

I’m looking to find some books I read as a child: a collection of stories about a young boy involved with motocross or dirt biking. This was in the UK in the 90s. One of the stories featured a rival ...
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Help identifying a 90s children's horror/adventure story featuring an abandoned house, mad scientist, and spider creature

The key thing I remember about this story: In-universe, the folklore goes something like: if you go to the woods, and find the house, and press your face against the glass, there's a sudden horrifying ...
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Looking for a book whose title roughly translates to Way to Oregon

I am looking for a book whose title roughly translates to "Way to Oregon". The author was a person of color. The story is about a group who were involved in trade when Europeans first ...
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Story/article about the 1969 moon landing's meaning to a black man

Can you help me identify the short story or article? It was set in Florida in the summer of 1969 The writer asks a black man, working at his hotel, what he thinks of the excitement over the moon ...
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Identifying a poem about life as a test

In my 8th grade social studies class two decades ago, we studied the following poem, recollected from memory: Life is but a savage test of who is least and who is best. Those who fall may lack the ...
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Humorous novel about a man in a religious order who is sent into the outside world by his order, and has his worldview changed by his experiences

Today, at church, the priest was discussing the Sacrament of Reconciliation, both commenting on how even priests and nuns go to Confession regularly and on how, as a priest, he's noticed that people ...
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Multipurpose furniture shapeshifts at inconvenient times, abandoned in attic

I studied a novel/story around 1995/1997 while I was in 7th grade or so. I vaguely remember the storyline. But I am unable to get the name or author of the story. The storyline goes like this: ...
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Gore Vidal’s book about the Mexican-American war: was anything published?

I was watching a video on YouTube where an elderly Gore Vidal made mention that he was working on a book about the Mexican-American war. In the video Gore Vidal was already in a wheelchair but he was ...
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Looking for the name of a children's book about hobbit-like people

I read this book (in English) 10+ years ago at a library and now I can not for the life of me remember the title. Plot things that I remember For the first book: In the first book, there are two ...
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Novel about a man who voluntarily has himself locked in another man's basement

I read a book about 15 years ago and I don't remember hardly any of the details at all. What I do remember of the plot is that a white man pays a black man a hefty sum of money in order to keep him ...
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Searching for a sci-fi short story: three robots sent as ambassadors to prevent an interplanetary war

I remember reading a short story about three robots sent as ambassadors to (I think) Mars. It was an attempt by Earth to prevent a Martian invasion or war. The robots arrived in a spaceship designed ...
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Source of the Japanese story Joseph Campbell tells of a samurai spat upon in The Power of Myth

I'm searching for the source of the Japanese story of a samurai spat upon which Joseph Campbell relates in The Power of Myth. (Oddly, the book has no citation on this). . . . there is a story . . . ...
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Story about two men walking through the forest

This is a story (fable) that I remember reading or hearing when I was young (UK, probably between 2000-2010). It felt more like an older fable than a story written then in the 2000s. The part I ...
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Poem about a joker with disorganized attire

[throughout this question by 'English' I only mean the 'language English' ] I remember from my childhood a English language poem from a middle/high school general English textbook (India). I can only ...
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Story ID: a woman missing the train and living among strangers

I would like your help to find a story I read some years ago. What I remember about the story is that it's set in a western style world in the 1800 century probably in USA. The story begins by ...
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Book about kids riding a flying snake in a magical realm

I read an English-language novel in the mid-2000s about a group of 2 or 3 kids, probably siblings and/or cousins. I think they travel from out of town to a relative's home in the southern United ...
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Seeking Title and Poet of Post WWI poem closing with “If there is no reward for devotion such as this, I'll take my chances in hell”

I'm seeking the title/author of a 1920-30s poem, closing with the phrase: If there is no reward for devotion such as this, I'll take my chances in hell. The narrator being a soldier returned from ...
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Identify book about a guy in his late teens/early twenties who goes to live with a family to tutor their teenage son

I can't remember the name of a book about a guy in his late teens/early twenties who goes to live with a family to tutor their teenage son. Subsequently, the guy/tutor has an affair with the mother, ...
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Can you identify this poem about axolotl, fish, salamander

I have some lines from my dad's favourite poem, but they’re jumbled as he was 94. The lines may not be in the correct order. He couldn’t remember the writer, and several internet searches have not ...

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