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What is the Strand Magazine short story Freud summarizes in "The 'Uncanny'"?

Freud's "The 'Uncanny'" (available online at ricorso.net or archive.org) includes this summary of an unidentified short story: In the middle of the isolation of war-time a number of the ...
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Short story about a boy who lives with his hard-working father, with a mother who had left them

A short story I think I read in the early 2010s: It's about a boy whose mother left him following a falling out with his father, so now the new status quo was the father coming home after a long day ...
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Sci-Fi Short Story - Moon brings devastating tides to alien planet

I recall a short story I read in High School. We read it in English class so it was likely published in an anthology intended for use in schools. (This was in Scotland in the 1970's if that helps.) It ...
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Story from a book of unusual fairy tales, about a beast that terrorized a village from a pond of milk

When I was a kid I read a book that had a collection of unusual fairy tale stories. One story was about a hero who wished to defeat a beast. This beast had made a deal with a village. The deal was ...
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CYOA book involving travel and a "pennies from heaven" reference with a sealed envelope full of cash from the neighborhood

I would have read this in the early 1990s, I think. We had several official Choose Your Own Adventures books in the house, but I think this one was a different branching choice series. I remember it ...
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Identify novel from (AI-translated) Bulgarian excerpts: Joris-Karl Huysmans

I encountered a novel that appears to be translated into Bulgarian. The excerpts provided suggest a story involving elements like a mysterious corpse in a garden. The name Joris-Karl Huysmans is ...
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Book (for elementary school children) about a girl whose mother was kidnapped and hidden in an underground cave + there's a color-blind truck driver

This book is about a young-ish girl who lives in a fancy but depressing place and takes some sort of music lessons. Her mother was kidnapped and I believe she is being hidden in some sort of cave (or ...
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What was the poem Tagore wrote in Satyendranath Dutta's memory?

Satyendranath Dutta's Wikipedia page says that Rabindranath Tagore wrote a poem in his honor after his death. It cites The Report, which says: Rabindranath Tagore has immortalized Satyendranath in a ...
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Book about Tantric Sex Written by an Australian Couple that uses the terms 'Lingam' and 'Yoni'

I am searching for a book about tantric sex for couples written by an Australian couple. I read the book in northeast USA in english language around 2006. I think I bought it in a book store at the ...
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Looking for a mystery novel in a mountain with a serial killer

I am trying to remember a book. The story happens in a mountain, if I remember correctly it takes place in a mountain refuge when the main character investigates about the death of other people of the ...
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Searching for book about Finnish girl in 19th century who migrates to Norway

15 years ago I read a great book that I have searched for online and at Nordic stores and come up a-cropper. It's set in the 19th c (I think) and follows the story of a poor Finnish girl who migrates ...
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Book about smart girl whose mother drowned in the ocean

This was a book I read in primary school (first read to me when I was 8 yrs old in 2014 in Australia) and the only thing I remember about the cover was that it was pink. The copy that my school had ...
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Seeking Title of WWII Movie Featuring a Resistance Group and a Unique Method to Expose an Informant [closed]

I'm trying to recall the name of an old black-and-white WWII movie centered around a resistance group (possibly French or Polish) opposing Nazi occupation. In a pivotal scene, the group intercepts a ...
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Goosebumps book about 2 kids in a haunted school

I remember reading a book, quite a long time ago, about a guy who is sent to a haunted school, where all the children are ghosts, except for a single girl, who is human like him, and she help in ...
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Children's book about a Pig that buys a duck from the market to eat, takes the Duck home and they eat peas together

This would have been in circulation in Australia in the 1980's, possibly a book club / scholastic book. A pig goes to the market to buy a duck to eat for dinner, takes the duck home and they both eat ...
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Legend about the Invention of Steel

I am trying to track down a legend concerning the invention of steel (originally told to me by a group of touring historians visiting my Australian high school 40 years ago). Under the legend, a ...
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Identify a short story where a husband purposely drives his wife crazy

When I was in college I read a short story for a class and I'd like to find it again. I'm recalling this from my bad memory, so there could be many errors here.. The general plot was that a husband ...
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Children's Book, Characters Made of Vegetables

My sister and I had a book when we were children (late 1980s, early 1990s at a push). The artwork was quite grown up and quite creepy for a children's book. The characters were made up of a variety of ...
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Account of picking up a black hitchhiker who then wanted to be let out

I remember decades ago reading a book with the following vignette, set in the 60s. The white male narrator is driving through the countryside and picks up a hitchhiking young black man. The rider is ...
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Book about some teenagers building a robot

I’m looking for a young adult book I read around the mid 2000s. I was living in Bahrain at the time, but the book was in English and I think it was bought in England (Manchester). I think the book had ...
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Book about a boy that joins a traveling "snake-oil" show and eventually escapes, finds his father?

I used to have this book about 20-ish years ago. Setting for the story is some time around the gold rush Boy runs away from home (possibly an orphanage?), a man on a traveling wagon offers to hide ...
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In which C.S. Lewis essay or book chapter did he talk about the habit of using the word "we" when preaching?

I remember C.S. Lewis writing somewhere about how some preachers like to use the word "we" when pointing out a problematic behavior. For example, consider the statement "We secretly ...
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Looking for a children's book from the 1950s about an anthropomorphized animal who's abandoned by his family

I am looking for a children's picture book that I read in the late 1950s about an animal (don't remember what kind of animal, possibly a mouse or hamster) who was a member of a large family. He came ...
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Story where a guy gets an email where if he agrees to go out and buy specific computers and store them in the attic then he'll get paid lots of money

I was talking with someone today and it reminded me of a story I read over 20 years ago. I can't remember if it was stand-alone or a short story. I know I read the book before the year 2000, so ...
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Manga about a character who gets lost in the woods, wanders around and finds this small shack with a young male hermit

I remember reading a few chapters of a Japanese manga about 3 years ago, but my memory of it is very hazy. The story was not current and had been in production for several years already. If I had to ...
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Book about a white mother who kills her black son (with her other white son)

I remember reading this perhaps during elementary school. While this wasn't the entire plot of the book, one of its major points was a mother who slept with a black man and had a black son. She and ...
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Seeking story about chess in Soviet Union, probably Playboy c.1980?

I actually read some girlie mags for the stories growing up...this was probably in Playboy, with a lower chance of it being from Penthouse. A Soviet apparatchik has commissioned a ceremonial chess set ...
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Christian children's book about journey through enchanted forest guided by king's music

I need help identifying a children's book I remember reading years ago. Plot: the king announces a contest for his daughter's hand in marriage. The first person to pass through the enchanted forest ...
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Racist/anti-racist story about how bones are indistinguishable after death

I don't remember much about this story, but it's set a couple of hundred years ago. Several white men are attacked by several black natives. One of the natives kills one of the white men, but is ...
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Boy keeps breaking pocket watch fighting, opts to pay watchmaker himself rather than ask mother

I read a short story in English circa 1980-85 (although it may have been published much earlier) about a boy who carries an expensive pocket watch (perhaps inherited) but keeps getting in schoolyard ...
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In what novel does the surname Deifik appear?

Norbert Pearlroth is famous for being the head researcher for Ripley's Believe It or Not, but he also wrote a column on Jewish Surnames, and when he was asked about the surname "Deifik", he ...
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Dark story about two brothers surviving in the woods; they both die

I’m trying to find the title of a book I read as a kid, borrowed from a library in the late 1970s. It was a fairly dark story about two brothers left to fend for themselves after losing their ...
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1990s end of the world book

I read this book in the 90s about the end of the world relating to a comet or asteroid hitting the earth. First chapter was in an observatory I think and next chapter in the desert? Not much to go on ...
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YA novel set in London featuring a teenage Sherlock wannabe

I'm looking for a novel I owned and read in the 1980s.  Here's the little I can remember about it: The main character is a teenage boy who has studied the Sherlock Holmes books and tries to follow the ...
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Book about 13 year old befriending computer hacker

I am trying to find the title of a novel I read in grade school back in either 2001 or 2002. The book is about a 13 year old boy who befriends an older man that happens to be a computer hacker. Here ...
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BL manga about a boy exiled from his family, who goes to school in the hopes of getting back in

I was trying to find a yaoi manga that I know is on mangago but I didn't save the name. All I remember is that it had less than 10 chapters. Summary is that a boy got exiled from his family by his ...
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Looking for book written by imprisoned Chinese author, first page setting is on a train

I am looking for the book title of a recently translated book by a Chinese author, who wrote the notes for the book while she was imprisoned in China. The contents seemed to be a light novel, and the ...
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Where's Waldo-style picture book about a field trip time traveling to Ancient Egypt

I read this book probably in the 1999-2001 range, as a library book. The text was in English; this was in the state of Ohio in the US. I don't recall the particular copy having notable wear or fading ...
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Fantasy children's story where they suspect someone is a vampire

I'm 38 and read this probably between 1993-1997.... when I was between 8-12 years old. I don't think it was a new book at that time. It was about a young boy and girl who auditioned for a local play ...
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Book of short stories I read as a kid; one story about a starving girl, one about a boy who stays forever young

I can remember two short stories, and while I am not entirely sure if they're from the same book, I would hugely appreciate finding either. The first story I remember reading about was about a girl ...
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Book about a girl who finds out she's adopted

I'm looking for a book about a girl who plays the drums and finds out she's adopted. She sets out to find her birth mom and realizes her dad is also a musician and that she was conceived during a ...
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Identify a cookbook with a Deputy preparing a whole camel

I recently came across this photo of an interesting recipe in preparing "Stuffed Camel"... Stuffed Camel 1 whole camel, medium size 1 whole lamb, large size 20 whole chickens, medium size ...
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Retrieving Beckman (1982) rendering of the Zoroastrian Avesta

I'm currently reading Drakon by Ogden which is a monograph on serpent cults and mythological accounts of serpent-related happenings in ancient Greece. In the introduction, Ogden briefly overviews ...
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Webcomic that has a probably minor character girl that writes fanfiction just about minor characters

I read some fiction on the internet that had a minor character girl who talked aloud to someone about how they flesh out the backstories of really minor characters, like the ones that say Welcome To ...
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Identifying book about a boy forced to destroy a Holocaust survivor's wooden model

Book was set in the 1950s about a boy working for a racist store owner. The main character's brother was killed in a hit-and-run which sent his father into a deep depression. The store owner he works ...
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Dinosaur story for children

I'm hoping to identify a short dinosaur picturebook for children that would have been available by around 1994 (but was probably written earlier than that). The audiotape read-along version included ...
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Identify short story about a despairing man who finds his lack of fear of death elates him in a rescue attempt on a snowy mountain

The protagonist despairs, perhaps after a war. He contemplates suicide when he is called to rescue a man stuck out on a snowy mountain. The phrase that occurs to me is "The Razor's Edge", ...
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Book where the brutal slaying of an old woman turns out to be the result of a counterfeit quilt scheme

I have vague memories of reading this book while on the train in New Jersey, which would put my reading of it around 2007-2010. The book started with someone breaking into the house of an old woman, ...
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What is this famous ending of a poem/speech?

I can't remember this 1-2 English sentence extract, but here are the things I can remember it's similar to. I'm pretty sure I read it. It has something like an a, x, b, y structure but doesn't ...
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Short story with a man who keeps passing out due to his starched collar poking his neck

Weird isolated memory, but I was recently at our church, and when I turned my head, the collar put pressure on the side of my neck, which suddenly reminded me of a short story I read, probably in the ...
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