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.

Horrorwhore93
9/22/2018 8:52:11 PM

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ceralith55
9/22/2018 5:27:12 PM

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ceralith55
9/22/2018 5:26:27 PM

I'm trying to help my friend find a book she's going insane looking for Okay so it starts off with a girl (I think she was blonde) on her (16?) Birthday right and her friend gets her a laptop. They immediately go onto a dating site and started talking to this dude in the military. Military dude leaves military to see her and he got her a bracelet as a birthday present. He ends up staying at her house because he's scared to go back. But he's staying in a storage room that's connected to her closet and he makes her paper roses out of books she gave him. They do the nasty. The book ironically talks about how a girl kept a dude in her closet and he ended up dying. Girl comes home from school early and finds him walking around the house naked since nobody is home. Government ends up finding them and ties them up while torturing them. House catches fire and dude saves girl then goes back in to get her bracelet but ends up dying cause burning wood fell on him If you know please email me at ceraliththepyro@yahoo.com