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.

PatRodriguez
9/15/2019 11:42:47 PM

I am looking for some books from the 90's I believe. They were romances and as the story went along the lovers would argue and then in the end they got together. At the very end of the books a second couple ( I can't remember if they were angles or ghosts) would meet and discuss how that romance almost got away from them so you realized that they were matchmakers. I have searched and searched but can't remember author or titles of the books. I would love to read them again.


Mark
9/15/2019 2:28:37 PM

Hi i'm Mark! I'm looking for a Hide and seek book style! I think There is a dragon and a big treasure on the cover! The book was not Childish but more for teenager!


Suave
9/15/2019 11:41:19 AM

i read this book about 10 years ago cant find this book any where, cant remember the author, thought it was Eric van Lustbader but don't see the description anywhere. Plot: campers are attacked in nearby woods by an beast of some kind. Turns out to be a guy who went to prison and was experimented on with wolf D.N.A and became the beast, however, he had a son before he became the beast fully and towards the end of the book the son started showing signs of a becoming a beast as well....such a good book... help please