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.

sidys11
8/22/2019 2:53:44 PM

looking for a book ,' in which a model and a basketball player with a really good jump shot get secretly married to avoid girls mom , he disaapears during their honeymoon and is presumed dead , but in actuality he got a plastic surgery done to go away from his love as her mother told him that they maybe be brother and sister which turns out to be false in the ned and they reunite


lgw12353979
8/22/2019 6:35:20 AM

I’m looking for a book that is a teen romance novel of childhood besties a boy and a girl that live next door to each other. The boy used to sneak into her room at night and I remember one night he caught her wearing his football jersey. they end up falling in love and ditch formal I think and camp in a tent in the backyard


lgw12353979
8/22/2019 6:35:20 AM

I’m looking for a book that is a teen romance novel of childhood besties a boy and a girl that live next door to each other. The boy used to sneak into her room at night and I remember one night he caught her wearing his football jersey. they end up falling in love and ditch formal I think and camp in a tent in the backyard