How to Find That Book You've Spent Years Looking For

Between libraries, the web, and rare book stores, near-forgotten books are easier than ever to find.

| November-December 2003


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Searching for a book you remember reading as a child, college student, or happy dropout, but haven't seen anywhere since? On the Web, there are now numerous ways to expand your hunt beyond Amazon. Abebooks is a consortium that connects you to thousands of used-book stores around the world. Another search site is the Berkeley-based Bookfinder.com. You can also search a growing number of individual stores online, including the Portland-based Powells and Bolerium Books in San Francisco, which specializes in rare books on labor issues and radical history.


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Meanwhile, your local library can be a great help, too, thanks to a practice called interlibrary loan. Libraries across the country will lend you books and other materials, creating a vast collection that's easy for you to access. Here's how: If you don't find what you're looking for in your library's catalog, ask a librarian to locate it elsewhere in the huge national loan network. Tell the pros as much about the book as you can. Title and author are most important, but publisher and publication date (or even a good guess at it) can be helpful too. They'll do the rest.

beecheril
6/19/2019 2:06:22 PM

I am looking for a fantasy book that came out in the eighties that involved a reluctant hero, sort a homebody, who loved making cheeses. He got pulled into a quest and it involved an elven airship and all he wanted to go was get home to smoke his pipe and make different cheeses. Sorry for the vagueness. I would appreciate any help. If memory served it came out around the same time as Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds by Brian Daley, or it may have had cover art by the same artist.


ljk124
6/19/2019 11:20:06 AM

There is a romance novel I read in the early 90’s that was about a woman that became a famous model after her father (a coach) died and her mother pushed her into modeling. She marries an older, rich man named Warner but runs off with a bullfighter due to her sex addiction. There is also a gay best friend and an Anna Wintour type woman as her mentor. The name of the novel is making me crazy! Please help.


ann
6/18/2019 7:41:23 PM

I’m looking for a book that I bought at dollar general lol which I lost. It’s about a girl named Amelia who has 5 sisters(I think) one of them is named Beatrice. I believe it takes place in London a long time ago since there’s still dukes and counts. When her father dies she contacts her dads friends who tries to set the girls up with marriage.