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.

JElizabeth1712
1/19/2020 12:23:40 AM

Im looking for a book from vague memory. I just remember it switches point of views from the man and woman. Hes trying to get to her and the woman and her son are hiding from him. On his way to getting to her he anally rapes a woman after breaking in to her house. On the womans side she goes to a book club meets a man, the son has a sleep over and i vaguely remember her making observations of her son. I dont know i may be mixing up books! Help


JElizabeth1712
1/19/2020 12:23:40 AM

Im looking for a book from vague memory. I just remember it switches point of views from the man and woman. Hes trying to get to her and the woman and her son are hiding from him. On his way to getting to her he anally rapes a woman after breaking in to her house. On the womans side she goes to a book club meets a man, the son has a sleep over and i vaguely remember her making observations of her son. I dont know i may be mixing up books! Help


BigGail
1/18/2020 8:39:38 PM

Looking for book I read when I was 13, which was probably the appropriate age too. Read it in school. It's about clones. It starts with a girl and there's mention at the beginning that even though science improved humans through cloning, they couldn't get rid of acne, so she has a pimple. Anyway, she meets her clone, I think through rock climbing, and then the two meet these old clone ladies that are part of some kind of hierarchy. At the end, the two girls are ready to jump into a first death, but the old ladies take their places and this some how starts some kind of freedom for the community. That's all I can remember.