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.

Jsince
10/18/2018 9:11:17 PM

book about a man who is extremely smart but is higly overqualified for his job. Has a wife and i think a kid. He hoes out to a bar one night and is supposed to bring his wife back ice cream and gets kidnapped or something. The kidnapper know everything about him. Brings him to a abandoned warehouse and then he wakes up in a hospital; however, he is living the what could have been life.


Nikki
10/18/2018 5:13:49 PM

A children's book about two sisters an inventor and washing their dresses.


Caseface84
10/17/2018 8:18:36 AM

Book about a cancer survivor who read and watched nothing but funny movies and it helped him beat his caner