“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor can be found in A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories (Harcourt).
“The top one in the pile is a young-adult fantasy novel in which the main character is dead.” – There are several possibilities here. It could be Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, for instance. But I strongly suspect A.J. is referring to Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.
“Pequod’s… the second nicest seafood restaurant on Alice Island” is also the name of Ahab’s whaler ship in Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. The Queequeg, Pequod’s signature cocktail, takes its name from the character who saves Ishmael’s life.
The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The television show, True Blood, is based on the Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris.
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“a charming memoir about motherhood, scrapbooking, and the writing life, written by a Canadian poet.” — This is invented. However, an excellent memoir that partially fits this description is Paradise Piece By Piece by Molly Peacock.
L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
Juiced by Jose Canseco
“a latter-period Philip Roth novel” – for example, Everyman.
The name Olenska comes from the novel, The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton.
The Children in the Apple Tree by Daniel Parish is as real as its author. However, for a time, it was the working title of my second adult novel The Hole We’re In.
Caligula is an infamous biopic about the Roman emperor Caligula.
“a bobblehead of Hermione Granger,” the heroine of Harry Potter, can be purchased at various online retailers, though she is getting hard to find.
The OED is the Oxford English Dictionary.
“a picture book with topiary animals” is Grandpa Green by Lane Smith.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.
Puddleglum, Amelia’s one-eyed tabby cat, gets his name from the marsh-wiggle in the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis.