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


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.

Sassyrose
7/21/2018 4:49:48 AM

I am looking for a book, maybe a series, where the woman has lost her daughter and there is also a missing teenager from another family and she thinks this could be her daughter. The book is quite old and I think she may be a PI or she worked as a paralegal. She is a bit of a mess in the first book however. Maybe she even has an abusive ex husband.


Sassyrose
7/21/2018 4:45:09 AM

I am looking for a book, maybe a series, where the woman has lost her daughter and there is also a missing teenager from another family and she thinks this could be her daughter. The book is quite old and I think she may be a PI or she worked as a paralegal. She is a bit of a mess in the first book however. Maybe she even has an abusive ex husband.


Mrinmoyee1987
7/20/2018 6:40:50 PM

I am looking for a book that was a collection of short stories for children based on parables. The one that really sticks out in my memory is that there was an old man that was on his way to his sons banquet and his car broke down on the side of the road and nobody stopped to help him. Everybody even the son passed him thinking he could not be late to his own banquet. eventually someone stopped. This is the story of the good samaritan. The other one was a picture of people sitting in a diner and they were waiting to see who came to the party that they were skipping out on. Parable of the invited guests who did not come. I remember that there were more than one book in the series because the spine on mine was a green marble effect and my sisters was purple. It was before Max Lucado was a big name and it is not by him, that I can recall, and I have already checked his name for it. If you could give me any help I would appreciate it. I don't know who may see this but email me mrinmoyee1987@yahoo.com if you find it. Thanks so much