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 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.

12/18/2018 11:32:51 PM

There's this kid right and like I think it has something to do with his shoes/he's barefoot maybe and I think his parents maybe died and like I know there is some train tracks also I'm pretty sure he's friends with a black kid?? And like one chapter is all about this knot that's in town

12/18/2018 5:34:00 AM

It was kind of na adult novel and i lost interest soon. But i can't remember the name of it. There was a girl who used to draw sketches of human model and there she meets a medical student. She leaves her boyfriend and goes to him. That's all i read

12/17/2018 4:35:32 PM

All I can remember is there is a teenager who falls into a hole and is found and captured by a witch. She escapes and frees an evil fae folk by wearing a fur coat that turns her into a Fox. The elf has handcuffs on made of I think silver as it burns their wrists