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.

12/15/2018 1:16:01 AM

There are about 2 to 3 stories in this one book. It's setting is Christmas. The first story was about 3 sister's that are witches and a guy who is a police man who investigates them but ends up falling for one of them. The other story was about a guy who lost his wife in a fire the wife was a drug addict and smokes they had 2 Children and he fell in love with their nanny or maid the guy got burns all over his body so he went to an island with his friends he was a part of a band and he left his children with their maid until the children almost died so they went to the island to be with their father and thats when the guy and the maid? Falls in love. But then they discover one of his friend was behind the fire and the children's little accidents because he didn't want the guy to leave the band. Do you guys know this book title and author?

12/14/2018 9:16:38 PM

A little girl, around 9 or 10. Extremely smart, her father is a scientist. He connects her mind to his computer somehow, they can communicate with their thoughts. He goes missing or dies. A stranger comes and wants her father's work, not knowing she was part of it. I think the computer was called S.A.M. this was a young adult mystery. Around the 80's sometime. A friend of my sister had it and loaned it to us. I think it was supposed to be part of a series but never heard of it again.

12/13/2018 9:42:15 PM

A book about a boy who goes to a resort with his father and the boy meets a girl at the resort who has wounds that only get worse as time progresses. They fall for each other and the boy starts to get her same exact wounds. The girl is stuck in a time loop and she was killed toward the end of the year I believe and the boy tries to keep the cycle from continuing by stopping her killer. the cover was black and blue, and I believe had maybe a lake on it?