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.

RIRI
9/19/2020 11:18:11 PM

I am looking for a book where a girl loses her dad and brother due to a storm so her mom, younger brother and she herself move to a new house. In this house the doors are painted in different colors and her mom takes the one with diamond window. she then meets a boy and they become friends end they hang out and enjoy and they also work for something and go to stage plays and stuff. and they figure out what happens to one stage actress.


yaitza
9/18/2020 10:15:03 PM

I’m looking for a boy. It’s about a kid that goes to his grandparents house for the summer. He meets his grandma but his grandad is no where to be found and instead he meets a dog. He is not allowed in the woods behind the house but goes anyways and finds a magical world of trolls and other creatures. Towards the end of the book he meets a witch that’s been cursing the trolls and that’s why some of them may be mean or look strange. He beats her and then it turn out his grandfather had been cursed and was the dog he had met. But his grandmother never knew and it became their little secret. The end


yaitza
9/18/2020 10:14:51 PM

I’m looking for a boy. It’s about a kid that goes to his grandparents house for the summer. He meets his grandma but his grandad is no where to be found and instead he meets a dog. He is not allowed in the woods behind the house but goes anyways and finds a magical world of trolls and other creatures. Towards the end of the book he meets a witch that’s been cursing the trolls and that’s why some of them may be mean or look strange. He beats her and then it turn out his grandfather had been cursed and was the dog he had met. But his grandmother never knew and it became their little secret. The end