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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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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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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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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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