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.

carlos85
2/23/2018 9:41:57 AM

Hello there .... I'm looking for a book that a female cop tries to find out her daughter killer. this was good or even as a Stephen King book. she wen to the Colombia Jungles with a cartel because this guy would tell her the guy name who kill her daughter. she was there with her husband and she made a deal with this guy to kill other cartel in the jungle. at the end she goes back home and she gets a call from a deep voice that say "you should of not find out my name" or something like that, then click the call drops. i want to read the book before and after this story plus i want the name of the book. please and thank you


carlos85
2/23/2018 9:41:37 AM

Hello there.... I'm looking for a book that i want to keep reading, the book is almost as if it was Stephen King but it was not. this book was about a Female cop that tries to find out the killer of her daughter. on this one part of the book she get to visit Colombia jungles because she will get to know the name of the person who kill her daughter. she has to do things for the Colombia Cartel in the jungle. and sh has to get in a war fight with another cartel. at the end she gets home with her husband and she get a call when in a deep voice someone tells her "you should of not gone out to find out who i am" then click the call drop. i want to keep reading the next book and the book before that, can any one help me please and thank you


Rosina Cibic
2/22/2018 1:04:53 PM

Hello I'm looking for a book for my father who turns 91 today. It is a hardcovered (red or blue I think) English grammar book put out by Quebec Jesuit priests and used in schools in the 1950's/60's. It contains the quote "If wishes were horses then beggars would ride" and stories such as these: a boy skating up the river who is chased by wolves; a bear that is nearly shot because it followed the cows into the barn in the evening; a faithful dog who is shot because his master thinks he's mad when he tries to stop the masters horse because the master left his pouch of gold behind and many more. The copy we had disappeared years ago. I do not know the title, author, publisher; only a bit about the contents. Can anyone help me find a copy of this book to get for my dad?