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.

zkzk525
9/16/2019 4:44:20 PM

@SmartLazyChick All About Sam, Lois Lowry (though he doesn't get a little sister)


nminmi
9/16/2019 12:12:14 PM

I am looking for a book that was comprised of a collection of stories that I read for my first grade reading assignment and it was my beginning journey into the love of reading. I remember two stories in the book titled Carmen and Country mouse & city mouse. I remember in the book, there was also a story that had a poem that went like this, All Around the City, All around the town, boys and girls run up the street, boys and girls run down. I think the name of the book was called, All Around the City, All around the town. I have been searching for years to no avail. I will now reach out to Abe Books. If someone have any information on this book, please reach out to me at cyndy3131@gmail.com. Thanks in advance.


SmartLazyChick
9/16/2019 4:22:12 AM

Hello there! I'm looking for a children's book. Or maybe teen? I remember reading it in elementary or Junior high. It's about a boy, I think his name was Sam. It's in his point of view, but he starts as a baby, narrating what he sees and hears and feels, but as a baby. The story goes on as he grows and learns new things. Then the next book he gets a little sister.