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


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.

Skydak
7/19/2018 11:00:50 PM

One book, 2 stories. The second story is about a man and wife who meet and her married. He changes careers and becomes a minister. They move out west and she drives an old yellow pick up truck. They end up adopting a baby from one of the youth in Their church h and then they both die.


Skydak
7/19/2018 11:00:37 PM

One book, 2 stories. The second story is about a man and wife who meet and her married. He changes careers and becomes a minister. They move out west and she drives an old yellow pick up truck. They end up adopting a baby from one of the youth in Their church h and then they both die.


tinnana
7/18/2018 3:25:52 PM

I think I've read it few years back, it's a book about this girl who got in a car crash that killed her friend and someohow she survived. The girl's fiance seems to hate her at first but turns out he likes her and she likes him back. She stays in his flat while recovering from accident and after she leaves his place he finds her as waitress in restaurant he visits with some woman