Questions tagged [story-identification]

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Book about a boy named Milo who loses his eyebrows and runs away

I read this book around 14 years ago. All I can remember about the story is that it was about a boy named Milo, who ends up losing his eyebrows and running away from home — the overall plot, from ...
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Searching for an Illustrated Children's Book with Animal Characters

I just spent the last 5 hours browsing through google, pinterest, and eBay in an attempt to find a beautifully illustrated book I loved as a child. I remember what it is generally about, but I have ...
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A book about a recently graduated psychologist / psychiatrist who meets a redhead girl who is his first patient

First I would like to clarify that I do not know if someone can answer the question because I think that the book is from Galicia and, although it was translated into Spanish, I do not know if it was ...
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A novel with a female teenage protagonist with Middle Eastern recipes interspersed with the prose

My wife is looking for a book that she read circa 2004. The novel was a “coming of age story” with a teenage protagonist. Embedded within the prose of the book were Middle Eastern (possibly Lebanese)...
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From which obituary of a male “New Republic” editor do these details sound familiar?

I read it many years ago, but infuriatingly cannot find it. It appeared in The New Republic roughly between 2003 and 2012 by a woman (I think a mentee of his) with a remarkably simple, crystalline ...
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US Civil War story: man hanged from a bridge

I read a story a long time ago about a Civil War soldier who was being hanged from a bridge but the rope broke and he escaped. It goes through all the things he went through after escaping but then it ...
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Pre Colonial Native American coming of age story about a girl who travels across the country for food

I read this book forever ago. It is a Native American inspired story about a girl whose village needs food. Her grandmother had a vision and sends her to travel across the country with a man (no real ...
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Middle Grade book read in 2001

I read this book in middle school in 2000/2001. I don’t recall that it was a popular or extremely current book, as nobody else had chosen to read it in our class, but I don’t think it could have been ...
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Book that I read in 1987 at school - trying to find

In 1987 I began high school. There was one YA novel that the school librarian put on a special part of the shelf because it was "too frightening". If this was reverse psychology it worked because I ...
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Story ends with son washing dishes, flinging dishwater outside in the cold

This short story was told by a narrator and was something about an unsavory man. I don't remember how he was unsavory exactly. The only part I remember is the ending: the narrator is outside the UM'...
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What work or story about Lampana and Cleophila is Robert Greene referring to?

In Robert Greene's novel Gwydonius; The Carde of Fancie, the character Melytta has guessed that Castania has fallen in love. At the end of a long speech, she says to Castania (italics from the ...
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Book that ends with the lines “Fall in love, it makes you brave. Ah, yes, very brave.”

Looking for what is probably a young adult book, pre-80's, possibly fantasy, that I read long ago which ends with these 2 lines, the 2nd line being its own paragraph: "Fall in love, it makes you ...
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UK comedy book about a man falsely accused of murder while his wife is off with the new neighbours

This should be easy to remember, but I'm having a senior moment. In the 1980s, potentially early 1990s, I read a very funny book about a man who's wife goes off with the new neighbours on a houseboat ...
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Girl from poor background adopted by lord, falls for her half-sibling?

I can't remember the book or character names, but it was a novel from the 1850s-1950s, probably British. The main character was a very beautiful teenage girl from a poor background, with a drunkard ...
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Fairy tale about disguised Prince searching for Princess [closed]

I’m searching for a fairy tale I’m almost sure I once read as a child about a Prince who was searching for his Princess. Because all the established Princesses he knew from surrounding kingdoms were ...
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Short story by Flannery O'Connor: conversation used in psychology periodical

I'd like the title of the short story by Flannery O'Connor in which a man thinks he is engaging in friendly conversation only to find that his responses are used as data in an article published in a ...
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Children's book (maybe German) I read in about 1995, fox and badger need to dig a tunnel to escape from farmer guarding their burrow's exit

I'm looking for a children's book that I read some time between 1997 and 1999, but it wasn't a new book so I guess it might have been written before 1990. I must have been about 8-10 years old when I ...
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1970s feminist book with premise something like: All men are guilty of raping all women?

In the mid-1970s I read a feminist book with a premise that was something like: All men are guilty of raping all women. I would like to re-read this to see if I am remembering it correctly. I ...
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Early 20th century children's story: children trying to frighten an alcoholic off the bottle using dyed dogs and icicles

Long ago, I read a children's story by an English author who probably pre-dated Enid Blyton and Richmal Crompton, and could be pre-World War I. It concerned some children trying to frighten an ...
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Identify Arabic book, Flowers of the Spring

From Wavell's A Modern Pilgrim in Mecca (1913), p. 138: Sir Richard Burton got into hot water with many people for translating literally and without expurgation the “Arabian Nights.” A perusal of ...
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Looking for a short story about a person whose conversations run from A to Z

I'm looking for a short story of a person whose conversations all ran alphabetically. I think it's a rather known short story (I read it initially in German, but don't know, in which language it was ...
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Middle-grade or YA book with a very smart teenager

I heard a description of a book in 2015 or 2016 in school. The target audience was probably 8-12 years old, but the teacher did say that it was more difficult than the other choices to read for 6th ...
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Story about a cave full of hibernating rattlesnakes

I remember reading a story in the nineties, probably published in the eighties or a bit earlier. It involved a sinister villain trapping some kids in a cave full of hibernating rattlesnakes. There ...
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Book Identification: YA book about airplane crash in child's backyard

I read this book in elementary school but pretty sure it was a novel on the longer side targeting at middle schoolers. The main plot was a major airliner, possibly a 747, crashing. I believe it was in ...
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Book identification: “A Bear Called Huff”

I'm trying to identify an English children's book that I read many years ago at my grandmother's house. It was a book that she herself had been given as a child, and was probably published in England ...
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Romance Novel about Paint Company CEO

I read part of a book a number of years (8?) back. It was a romance novel about the CEO of a paint company who marries a Russian (?) Chemist because of passport stuff. Kinda like a reverse of The ...
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Play: With A Memorable Conversation between a villain and his henchman

I remember reading several lines from what I think was a Shakespearean type play. It was between a villain and one of his henchman, and I think they were discussing the murder of someone referred to ...
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Dutch Novel: old retired actor who receives an anonymous letter offering him one last role

It was written by one of the four (or five) "Lions" of post-war Dutch literature. The story concerns an old retired actor who lives alone. He has had some mysterious dealings with his older (or ...
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Novel: young woman blows herself up at her rich dad's party for Latin American dictators

I read this book for a university course between 1993-97. The narration is hectic & fragmented: inner thoughts mixed with straight narration mixed with flashbacks, run-on and choppy sentences, ...
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Short story, maybe SF: non-neurotypical girl gets pregnant and older mentor (not the father) marries her

In this story there's a girl who is mentally fragile in some way -- I don't remember exactly how, and I don't think it's spelled out explicitly, but there's something about her that isn't entirely ...
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Adventure / Mystery book with a cool old lady and her house with automated amusements

I read this in the early 2000s, I think. It was a paperback, with the main characters being a set of kids, at least three of them, with both boys and girls in the group. I don't remember the main part ...
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Looking for poem in which sleep is as great an equalizer as death

There was a poem on the 2015 AP English Literature and Composition exam multiple choice section that I only barely remember. The topic was along the lines of "sleep is as great an equalizer as death" ...
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Help me find a Childhood fictional book about a prisoner

I'd appreciate some help in finding this book I have but vague memories of. Here's everything I remember, some things more vivid than others. The story starts with the protagonist outside of this ...
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Book: smart science kid goes to Amazon, shoots bad guys with curare darts

There's a book I read a while ago, and I forgot what its title was. In the book, there's this really smart science kid who goes on a trip to the Amazon to help in some sort of study tour. I don't ...
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Dystopian novel that may or may not have been ahead of its time

Think sci-fi but only about ~20-30 years out. It takes place in NYC and has a huge emphasis on the media, entertainment, and cultural conflict in America. One of the protagonists hosts a radio show ...
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Fantasy book from my childhood: female protagonist, Blood Ore or Blood Metal for taking attributes

The series I remember is about a young female lead. She is in a world where human trafficking is common. The rich and powerful are able to take another person's attributes through the use of a Blood ...
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Book about boys camping in the wilderness; a Danish one can't speak English, but understands it

This middle grade/children's book was from 2015 or earlier, probably after 2009. It was about four to six or so boys camping in the wilderness. They were scared of bears attacking them, but none ...
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Short sci-fi story called “Blood and Lust”

Many years ago I read a short story that I think was titled "Blood and Lust". It featured two entities named Blood and Lust who would travel through history making very small adjustments to see how ...
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Book about a 10/11 year old boy with autism or something similar

This middle-grade novel was from sometime between 2000 and 2016, I believe. It was by an American or British author, who died before 2016, as mentioned on the back cover. The protagonist was a 10/11 ...
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Poem with A's and T's representing Ford model A's and T's in traffic

I'm looking for an English poem, in fact I think it was at least two poems, that consisted of capital A's, representing the Ford Model A, moving as if in traffic, and another that had both A's and T's....
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Anthology: one story about an astronaut falling on flowers, another about a wife trying to kill her husband

I am trying to remember the name of a book with short stories inside. I remember 2 stories from it: There was an astronaut on a foreign planet with flowers all around called floofs or phoofs, I ...
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Looking for a shoujo/romance one-shot manga

I am looking for a short manga or a one-shot (not really sure) about the main guy who bumps into a girl on his way to school and the girl drops her hair pin which she got from her crush (childhood ...
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Name of Play about a Nazi-occupied (Nordic?) Village Population of Which Underestimated by Occupiers

So, I remember watching this television play probably adopted from a more famous original opus about a Nazi-occupied village somewhere in Europe (I don't recall where exactly, but perhaps the story ...
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help identifying book in 18th or 19th century France and England

The main character is a young woman (late teens? early 20s?) She's in Paris with an (aunt?) and they're discussing what to do since her father has suddenly died. If they return to England, her brother ...
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Novel about a contract killer being pursued by other killers - Started with an icepick guy and ended with a Latino woman disguised as a cleaning lady

I don't remember exactly when I read this, probably over 10 years ago, somewhere in the late 2000s. The protagonist is some sort of hired killer, who winds up being the target of a contract, leading ...
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What movie is Holden describing?

In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden describes a movie: It was about this English guy, Alec something, that was in the war and loses his memory in the hospital and all. He comes out of the hospital ...
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American book translated to French: poor boy starts out selling newspapers in the street

I'm French and am looking for a book I read as a child. I think it's an American book (I read it translated in French). It's about a boy, probably in the early XXth century (or late XIXth), who is ...
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Which thriller featured “a machine-gun attack in Park Lane”?

In ‘Aristotle on Detective Fiction’, a lecture delivered on 5 March 1935, Dorothy L. Sayers described a book of which the ancient philosopher would not have approved: Yet he [Aristotle] was no ...
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A short story on two brothers meeting one a criminal one policeman

I read this around 15 years ago in English as a Second Language class in a summer class I was attending in Poughkeepsie. We were reading short stories from a book (a collection of short stories by ...
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Who wrote the poem that begins, “The Yeti, experts will attest . . .”

The Yeti, experts will attest, is physically unkempt at best. And due to this may go for weeks, alone amidst the snowy steeps. (Goes on to tell how he is looking for his "yet unmet counterpart".)