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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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Poem-parody about O'Hare airport, written as though it were the Odyssey

I'm trying to find a poem that I'm relatively certainly was published in The New Yorker. I think I read it around 10 years ago, but definitely a margin of error of a couple of years on either side of ...
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Lily of the valley used for murder (Agatha Christie)

I am looking for a novel by Agatha Christie in which she describes a murder with the water of Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley). Does anyone know the title?
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Tragedy About Bear Whose Mom Died

Trigger warning: story deals with death, depression, graphic abuse of animals. I haven't been able to find this short story. I don't recall if I heard it as part of a podcast or read it online. I came ...
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Identification of a Maupassant short story where a young man is upset by the past infidelities of his mistress

In a short story by Maupassant, a young man is upset by the past infidelities of his mistress, a rather paradoxical situation since he came much later after the infidelities (and somehow benefited ...
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Which Maupassant short stories are set during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870?

I read somewhere that Maupassant wrote ten short stories on the 1870 war between France and Prussia. I know "Boule de suif", "Deux amis", "Un duel", "Madame Sauvage&...
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A man is in court because a company wants his prostheses back

I forgot the title of the short story. It is about a man who is in court because of his prostheses. If I remember correctly he was a famous motorbiker. A company wants all his prostheses back, because ...
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Book about a single-mother family, children go to a hollow tree

I’m looking for a book I read a few years ago. It featured a family with a single mother and three or so children who run away due to financial issues I think. The eldest of the children takes them to ...
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What is the Persian story that Rabindranath Tagore summarises in a letter from June 1894?

In Glimpses of Bengal, a selection of Rabindranath Tagore's letters included in The Definitive Tagore (Rupa Publications, 2017), Tagore summarises the following story (letter from 24 June 1894): ...
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King on a Boat Ride Hears a Sound, Oarsman vs. Advisor Efficiency in Determining

I remember a story about a king riding in a boat. It was in English. His oarsman is complaining about rowing, and all the hard work he is doing. They get to where they are going, get ready to go to ...
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Journalist travels to Germany to research a WWII woman, someone named Miriam is involved

I'm really hoping my meager description will be enough to ID this book. It was a pretty small book located in the nonfiction section of my local public library, in the US. I read it during 2015/2016, ...
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Incerto by Nassim Nicholas Taleb - What is the Sixth Book?

Some search results show Amazon displaying Incerto by Nassim Nicholas Taleb as a six book series. However, following the links indicates that Incerto is now a five book series. I believe I have seen ...
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Book about a girl who was rich and moves in with a family where she learns how to bake and make silk

I'm looking for a book that is about a girl who seems to have been rich at one time and has to move in with a family where she learns how to do chores and baking from scratch and making silk out of ...
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What is this children's/young adult book with an abandoned house and a scarab beetle?

This is a young adult/children's book read some time around 2004, in English. Unfortunately no recollection of the cover. Remembered details are: a boy is on vacation, or perhaps has moved, in a hot, ...
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Identify a children's story about a little girl who collected items, had a monster in the basement, and solved a dog-napping mystery!

I read this children's book about 5 years ago, it was a small, charming little book. It probably was published in the past 10 years. It was in Afrikaans, but I'm fairly certain it was a translation ...
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Murder thriller short story where a starlet kills her former agent and husband, who compulsively winks in a “sleazy” manner

I may have read this in an Alfred Hitchcock anthology somewhere in the mid 1990s. An up and coming starlet is about to head off on her honeymoon with her new beau when her ex-husband and former agent ...
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Short story, 19th century: French country priest and devil exchange subjectivities

I am looking for a 19th century short story. I thought it was written by Guy de Maupassant, but didn't find it. A French country priest starts having vivid dreams that he is a diabolical courtier in ...
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I'm looking for a certain haiku about kusarigama in Japanese

The haiku I'm looking for is probably of an anonymous author. I got a hint on a Japanese message board that it's maybe Musashi's one and I should find it in Eiji Yoshikawa's famous novel, but it's not ...
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Sci-fi short story about not getting into cars with strangers

I read this story in English in the 2000s (although it was probably much older), in a collection or anthology of several short stories by different authors; I think the collections may have been ...
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Book from the 80s or 90s set in an abandoned Catskills hotel

I think the book was from the 80’s or 90’s. Plot was about a brother and sister. Their stepfather or father tries to molest the sister and the kids escape and end up finding an abandoned(or so they ...
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Children's historical mystery with carved rose pressed to unveil secret

This has bugged me on and off for years. When I was younger (late 80s - early 90s) I'm sure I read a book from the local library in the UK. I don't remember many details. I think that it was set ...
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Story with an example of perfection of Japanese manufacturing processes

I'm looking for a book I read about 20 years ago, in which one of the main characters explained to somebody else the way Japanese factories operated and the difference with US. He stated something ...
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Robot Beings who are hunted for fuel who say “Toot Toot” to each other

I remember a short story but can't remember the name of the story or author. It is about alien/robotic beings that have been hunted to the edge of extinction because they are an exceptional fuel ...
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Alfred Hitchcock story with a man seeing creatures out of the corner of his eye

I’m hoping someone will be able to tell me the name of a Alfred Hitchcock story I read part of a long long time ago. It was about a guy who would see movement out of the corner of his eye, but when he ...
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A timeslip murder mystery from the 70s/80s

I'm trying to remember a YA novel I read back in the 80s/90s (in English) about a teen girl who goes to spend a summer with her grandmother or other older relative, something weird timeslippy happens, ...
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Tolstoy's “A Letter to a Hindu” - Krishna Quote References?

In Tolstoy's letter to Gandhi (A Letter to a Hindu), Tolstoy quotes extensively from Krishna. On page 12 above, Gandhi asks for the reference: "In the letter in question, you have quoted largely ...
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Children's book - girl's mother sent to jail for theft, dog and girl on cover

I read a book to my cousin two years ago which I would like to revisit. It was a book about a girl whose mother goes to jail after being accused of stealing drugs from the pharmacy she worked at. I ...
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Book about a video game that makes its players do cruel things in real life

I'm looking for the name of a book about a video game that makes its players do cruel acts in real life in order to be able to continue playing the game. The main character is a teenage boy. The game ...
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Is there a Latin saying equivalent to a line in Jethro Tull's “Thick as a Brick”?

In the (rather good) progressive rock album "Thick as a Brick" by the British band Jethro Tull in 1978, there are some lines: So! Where the hell was Biggles When you needed him last ...
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Story about boy riding with a caravan and inventing a story which turns out to be true

In the 80s, I have read a children's book about a boy riding in a caravan which is joint by a traveler who is a story-teller and invents a story together with the boy. At the end, this story turns out ...
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A fable in which pigs with human heads are born because the swineherds had no women with them

I am trying to find a fable I read a long time ago (some 40 years ago, maybe), probably in a collection of short stories / fables, probably in Spanish. From what I have been searching so far, it seems ...
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Short story - Man transports a dead dog to a field, but gets accused of murder with the blood in his van considered to be evidence

I think I read this in an anthology, probably in the 1980s or 1990s, possibly one of the Alfred Hitchcock anthologies. At the beginning, a man is transporting a dead dog to a field to bury it. I'm not ...
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Who is George H. Murphy, author of “Iskander at the Bridge”?

I am trying to identify who George H. Murphy is? He wrote a poem entitled "Iskander at the Bridge" in 1903 in The News & Observer, [Raleigh, N.C.] November 01, 1903, p. 3.
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Charles Stearns (1753-1832) Photograph [closed]

There is a photo of Charles Stearns which appears in the article Theatre for Young Audiences: A Timeline. I don’t know if this a true photo of Charles Stearns. Does anyone know where to find a ...
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Story about people living in a cave and not wanting to leave and explore

I have a vague memory of a story where a tribe of some sort lives in a cave for generations, and never leaves because they have access to food and water. One time, someone (it may have been a child; ...
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Medical school that brainwashes students, run by drug company that does unethical experiments

I read this English-language thriller novel in 2017 or 2018 (publish date unknown) at a local library in the Western United States. It's been bugging me for a while. I remember a lot of details but I'...
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Book with a series of parallel Earths and a version of the main characters replaces him

I'm looking for the title of a sci-fi book I read a while ago that I simply cannot remember the name of, nor where I read it. In it the main character lives a relatively happy life with his wife. One ...
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Did Gaiman and Pratchett troll an interviewer who thought they were religious fanatics?

TVTropes says: In real life: Gaiman and Pratchett did a radio interview when the book came out, and slowly realized that the interviewer wasn't aware that the book was fictional, and thought they ...
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90's paperback, red cover, kind of racy for the times

(I've italicized the things that I know are facts. The rest is possibly confabulated memories.) I read this book in the 90's, I don't remember the actual storyline. I do remember that the main ...
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Is William Dunseath Eaton's play Iskander still extant?

According to many accounts, Frederick B. Warde performed a play entitled Iskander in 1897-1897 season in many country theatres such Lancaster PA, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus Ohio and so on. The play ...
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Manga one-shot, guy helps bullied girl and competition with penalty for not speak well

I am looking for a one shot about a girl (I think wearing glasses) who can't speak loudly, and whose English is bad. Even her teacher has a hard time with her. A guy who sees her get bullied helps ...
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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 (between 1997 and 1999). In that book a manager at a company is reviewing applications for an ...
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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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