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 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.

Denise Anne Tyree
11/13/2018 3:49:59 PM

What is the name of book where girl is taken in by bird people and raised in a library and threatened by dragon people.....

11/13/2018 2:15:05 PM

a girl who lives with her father kinda outside of town and he is a mechanic. then he gets kidnapped and is forced to help this other guy who i think removed his eyes? somehow he gives his daughter the eyes or lenses i forget but she doesnt know what they are until the end. she meets up with this boy because he was trying to steal from her but she felt his phantom hands and he thought that was weird, she promised not to turn him in for theivery if he helped. I know she had a friend that clung to her hair and her shoulders a lot. at the end she looks through the orbs and sees the thing her dad was supposed to fix and how to fix it. I’m not sure if she does or not, or if she even rescues her dad. Please help with the name of the book?

11/12/2018 11:26:19 PM

romance novel whereby woman kept child secret from father-her now a chef and she seeks him out because their daughter is sick and she needs to have another child with him for their daughter to have a transplant to live. I cant remember the title if someone could please help i would appreciate it!! Thanks