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.

GrandmaBoo
4/23/2019 7:41:20 PM

I'm looking for a book titled "The People", I'm not sure of the title though. The author was well known. The book is about a village of people with special gifts. Some can fly, others can heal, etc, they are part of a long crashed village of off world people. A girl is lost in the country, and happens to see several boys flying, she is scared and tries to flee, but they see her and catch her. She soon see they are not a threat and she becomes a friend of the village. I'm not sure but I think she has a sibling who sees the boys also. The book is set in a Depression era setting. I loved this book and would like to find out the title and author, so I might be able to purchase it.


GrandmaBoo
4/23/2019 7:41:20 PM

I'm looking for a book I read in the 1960's. I believe the title was "The People" I know the author was well known for her child and adechild/adolescent


Slc92
4/23/2019 11:09:44 AM

I read this book 6 years ago is a YA book. It was about a girl and her brother who initially hid in a rotten tree stump when their mother was accused of witchcraft. They both died and became nothing but skeletons until one day she wakes up to find that she is human again and had green stained skin. Her brother is no longer with her but in another world which she eventually visits and finds out that her mother really had slept with a demon well crow king or prince as the book stated the town's people had also accused her of doing. Because her brother now stands beside his father or rules over his people. She goes back the the human world and lives out her life as a healer or medicine woman as her mother had once been. The rest of the details aren't as clear. I do remember that people did take her in and get her cleaned up and we're surprised to find she wasn't feral given her appearance.