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.

Francesca Sozio
1/15/2019 2:33:41 PM

historical novel where the protagonist after the death of his violent father goes to live in England as a guest at a noble family . she thinks that the mother who disappeared years ago abandoned her to escape the horrible husband. After the protagonist she comes to know from her mother's beloved that she is unfortunately and dead but that she always waxed she could save it. A scene that I remember and that the protagonist while being a guest of the noble family, unintentionally shows the scars of the whips received from her father


Francesca Sozio
1/15/2019 1:20:15 PM

historical romance novel where the protagonist after the death of his violent father goes to live in England . at the begin she is skinny but when go ti england goes to nobil family. She thinks that the mother who disappeared years ago abandoned her to escape the horrible husband. After the protagonist she comes to know from her mother's beloved that she is unfortunately and dead but that she always waxed she could save it. A scene that I remember and that the protagonist while being a guest of the noble family, unintentionally shows the scars of the whips received from her fathe


Cathik1958
1/15/2019 11:56:51 AM

Children's book about a young boy with 5 (I THINK) brothers with all different jobs. the dog knocks over the hats and they all end up with each others hat. I remember one was a firefighter and one a construction worker.