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Questions asking for identification of a literary work (story, novel, poem, play, etc) 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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Short story - Protagonist is a young boy whose parents traveled in Africa. He had leprosy (now cured) and is socially awkward

The story was one of an anthology I read in the 1990s, I think, from a book discarded by the local community college. I remember several of the books were by T. Coraghessan Boyle (must have had a ...
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Late 90s/early 2000s where a Chile (or Chilli) solved mysteries

In a book series I read as a teen (late 90s/early 2000s) the main character's name was Chile, or Chilli. He and his friends solved mysteries.
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Which critic asserted that English was best when it went against its Germanic roots and followed French habits?

I remember there was a critic, I believe a famous one, who argued that English writing (any writing, but especially literary) was better when it eschewed Germanic habit and followed French/Latin ...
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In search of: The Lexicon of Exekias/Ezekias

I caught part of a TV segment that was featuring classical sources, the narrator mentioned one text he referred to as "The Lexicon of Exekias" I jotted it down, thinking it would be easy to ...
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Book about parallel universes, but tv connects them?

I’ve been searching for this book for years, but I’ve never been able to find it because I only remember random bits and pieces of it. I’ll try to list the things I think I remember. As stated in the ...
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Looking for an Aliens novel (not graphic) in which Newt and Hicks (an android) are dating

I vividly remember Newt and Hicks dating and Ripley(?) Not being happy with this as Hicks was an android. I suspect there was plenty of alien killing too, but remember nothing of what happened. I read ...
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What is a work of Russian literature, in which a gentleman gets lost in a rain with a coachman, who for a long time did not admit that he was lost?

This work dates back to the 19th century. Perhaps it was not rain, but a snowstorm. Excluded works with similar plots: “Dead Souls” by N.V. Gogol, “Blizzard” by A.S. Pushkin, “Blizzard” by L.N. ...
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Book about a guy who claimed to only ever bowl perfect games

I'm looking for a book I remember reading as a child, about 15 years ago. The basic premise is a person who gets a job at a bowling alley, and becomes friends with the owner, who claims to have only ...
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Book involving Route 66 with a girl breaking her grandma's friends out of a retirement home

I read a book around 2006 to 2008 and I believe it was considered new at the time. I remember it being called Route 66 with a red convertible on the cover headed towards the open road but whenever I'...
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SF Book about Extreme Socialist Society with penalties for gifted people [duplicate]

I read this store some 10+ years ago. I am pretty confident that it was a short story. I have been through my collection a few times but I haven't been able to find it. It has sentences such as ...
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Book from a Spanish academic researcher on the history of paper (or of books)

I am looking for a book from a Spanish academic researcher on the history of paper (or of books). I remember it had a plant on the cover.
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A book about a kid who has a magic baseball glove

I'm looking for a story that matches this description: A kid had a magic glove that could catch anything. He traded it away so that he could make a tunnel under his baseball field, to prevent a road ...
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Looking for a book with a boy who finds an object that calls to him and gives him an ability

I don’t remember much about the book’s plot except that it’s basically about a boy who goes into a store with a lot of objects and finds one that calls to him. The object gives him some sort of ...
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Looking for a book with the story of a little boy who rode a train and was found later dead

So I remember my mom reading this book full of many short stories and this one has stuck with me the most. A boy and his friends decide to do this thing where they hop on a train and ride for awhile ...
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Novel about a man trying to solve the long ago disappearance of his younger brother

I was reading the entry for Raincoat of Horror and it suddenly made me remember a book I read in the last year or two, around 2022-2023, I think as an ebook from the library. I'm going to look through ...
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Poem about the coffee rings left behind on a table

This poem was published in a quarterly poetry magazine in the mid-'90s. It was about the coffee rings left behind on a table in a cafe. The coffee stains were compared to the memories of our lifetime. ...
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What was the name of this story referring to 17-year cicadas?

Several decades ago, I read a short story where a woman sees 17-year cicadas emerging. This leads her to recall several vignettes from her life, from the previous times she encountered 17-year cicadas ...
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Novella about man reminiscing about his girlfriend/wife while standing by her dead body

I read a novella about 10 years ago, which I thought was written by Dostoevsky, but I haven't been able to find it since. Plot: A middle-aged man stands near the body of his girlfriend (or wife) who ...
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Fantasy book with character that used ing instead of swearing, all the time

There was this - i think fantasy - book that had a character who used a literal "ing" instead of any swearing. I mean all the time, every second or third phrase. Might have been one of ...
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YA literature where a group of older kids are suggested to be synthesizing LSD in the school chemistry lab, but are actually making wood alcohol

Memories of reading this recently started teasing around the edges of my memory and I'm trying to pin it down. The protagonists are a set of kids (I think mixed gender, possibly primarily Caucasian) ...
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Scene from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where Arthur fails to explain how Earth technology works

I remember a scene from one of the Hitchhiker books: Arthur Dent (I guess) talks to an alien who says that the Earth was this very backwards planet. Arthur says, well, this is not true, we had plenty ...
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Short Story About A Newspaper Carrier Whose Newspapers Get Wet Due To Rain - Printed in an Early 1970s 8th Grade English Literature Textbook

I am searching for the title of a short story that is about a newspaper carrier who is a male child that is approximately the age of 10 to 16. In the short story, the newspaper carrier is delivering ...
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Book about female character who can see in the past

Read this when I was very young, so I don't remember it too well. But it was about a young woman who met a guy and was being introduced into his family, however she could see back in time through some ...
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Science fiction story in which African dictator is overthrown by his son

This story was written 1984 or earlier, I believe. It was part of the sociological science fiction trend and really had nothing science fiction-like in it other than being set in some unspecified ...
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Book about a struggling journalist who pawns his coat and then buys it back

Here are the details about the book that I remember: A down-on-his-luck journalist is the main character. He has to sell his suit coat to a pawn shop to survive. This is a problem because he needs it ...
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Children's book about a cat named Clara and a cat named Mrs. Cat

My niece read this book in a doctor's office and it ended up being very special to her so I'd like to track it down. It's about a black cat named Clara and a adult orange cat named Mrs. Cat. Clara ...
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late 80's fiction book about doctor experimenting on pregnant woman and the kids later abilities

It had a holographic cover with lightning, that's why it caught my eye. The story was a doctor had performed secret genetic experiments on a bunch of pregnant women. The women were under surveillance ...
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Does Nicanor's account of Alexander survive?

I came across allusions to a source in one of the volumes of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, relevant summary by Oxford: The learned Roman scholar and antiquarian M. Terentius Varro decided to take matters ...
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Fairytale/fable/parable about a dog trying to run to a monastery that's rung its bell

The story goes like this: A dog hears the monastery ring its bell, which indicates that there will be food there. So he runs up the hill leading to the monastery. When he's about halfway there, he ...
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Short story about a woman yearning for her dream home

Years ago, I read a short story and I can’t find it. It is about a couple who are part of the working poor—probably the 40s or 50s. The woman complains most of the time about their conditions. But she ...
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British Duke is murdered in elevator. Title is inherited by one of a pair of identical twins, both of whom are suspects

During the COVID lockdowns, so some time between March 2020 and June 2021, I read either a novel or a short story, I think the former, that had the following plot elements: A duke is gruesomely, ...
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Trying to identify short poem

I remember a wonderful poem from my school anthology but I don't know the name or author. Is there a kind person who might recognise the following poem? It's a very short poem. Female poet, I think. ...
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Creatures eat everything and wreck the house?

There’s a children’s book with a boy whose home is overrun with hungry beings. Can’t remember if they’re little dragons or gnomes or ogres, but they ransack the place while eating every food scrap ...
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Name of short story about girl surviving winter

I read this story maybe ten years ago? It was in pioneer times (?) and a girl, her brother and father were going through a mountain pass to reach a town to sell their wares. They went in the autumn, ...
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Short story with a witch, party crackers, and something prophetic stitched in a hem

Many years ago (35?) I got a short story collection from the library. One had or revealed a witch. It referenced party crackers (like the British Christmas favors) and had something, maybe prophetic, ...
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Middle School detective series with two friends from early 2010s

I read this series around 2013-2015. It centered around two friends who had their own detective business. I remember the second book in the series had had a picture of the characters on top of a train....
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Short story (maybe an excerpt from a book) about some kids on a farm - simulated bucking bronco and swapped horses at a hoe down

I was just recounting this to someone, but as a child, we had a book with various stories, I think primarily about rural people. I have a vague memory of that it might have included the Little House ...
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Children's book about a boy being pushed off a cliff by a girl and breaking his leg, repercussions commence

I was introduced to this work in my childhood in the early 90s through my grandparents personal library in their home (if it at all matters, at that time, Sandy, Utah); I do not recall the publish ...
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Gothic time travel book from the 70’s

My mom read a book where a woman goes to a party at an isolated mansion. She and her date start arguing. She gets out of the car and walks away into the fog, and then she disappears. She turns up into ...
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Children's book - eat the dictionary

The premise is pretty simple and straightforward: [caterpillar, moth, worm, bug of some sort] eats its way through a dictionary, one letter at a time. It is only able to speak using words starting ...
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20th century poem ending with "-baby?"

In high school I rented a collection of poems from a male author that I believe had a black-and-white cover with a photograph on it. I got it from a USA library in 2012. I am looking for one poem in ...
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Dark fantasy book with moonlight magic, one armed warrior, and a witch with spiders

A dark fantasy book I read years ago had a young woman protagonist who was part of a prophecy. Her magic had something to do with moonlight and its different colours affected what her magic did. There ...
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The Oxford Murders...no, not the one by Martinez

Here is the plot of the most brilliant "author plays fair" crime novel I ever saw: an arrogant professor faked a poem by a famous poet and "sells" this as a great discovery. He was ...
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Comic strip where Adolf Hitler says something like "I am a victim too"

A comic strip I saw in the last 20-30 years had Adolf Hitler say something like "I am a victim too". Not sure if Hitler said it, or if someone was telling him he was a victim too. It was a ...
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Looking for a literature book titled "Literature of Fact."

Many years ago I read a book titled "Literature of Fact." I know the last name of one of the authors is Costello, don't know the others. I know that chapter 4 is titled "Short Fiction&...
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A children's book with a Beast in a forest

I remember a few details about three children's books I read in elementary school in the USA, presumably borrowed from the school library instead of the local library, because I remember them in ...
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A childen's book with a rhyme about a badger's home

I remember a few details about three children's books I read in elementary school in the USA, presumably borrowed from the school library instead of the local library, because I remember them in ...
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A children's book with a rhyme naming cities in western England

I remember a few details about three children's books I read in elementary school in the USA, presumably borrowed from the school library instead of the local library, because I remember them in ...
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YA book with a boy who is connected to a deer

A YA book I read in the 90s followed the love triangle of the main character. He was a boy who developed a connection with a deer he sees in the wilderness near his home. The love triangle also ...
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Rhyming book about a girl named Carrie who drove a car

I can't remember the title of this book from my childhood. It was about a girl called Carrie who drove a car. It rhymed. It was from 1980s or before. It went "Carrie's car goes near and far, she'...
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