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.

qwertyuiop
6/17/2018 6:17:48 PM

I read a book about 3 years ago. Its about this teenage girl and her family. Her dad is an alcoholic, her mom is obese, and she has two other brothers. At school, she likes the guy who is dating this popular girl. She manages to be his english toture. She then ends up moving with her family to her grandmas house with her chiuaua out of state. There she goes to a new school and meets a new friend and this guy. Things go well for awhile before her father ends up in jail for a DUI. The whole family goes to therapy. The new guy she likes takes her to see his mothers grave and there is where she has her first kiss.


PuppyReader
6/17/2018 10:09:08 AM

The book I think is called the man with the yellow hat. It's about this boy who finds an abandoned dog that's white with tan ear splotches, he then gets the dog stolen from him by the man with the yellow hat, maybe the title is the dogs name or something but I'm totally lost, I remember reading it back in 6th grade which was about 2010 or 2011. Please, I want this book back, thank you if you find it.


PuppyReader
6/17/2018 10:09:01 AM

The book I think is called the man with the yellow hat. It's about this boy who finds an abandoned dog that's white with tan ear splotches, he then gets the dog stolen from him by the man with the yellow hat, maybe the title is the dogs name or something but I'm totally lost, I remember reading it back in 6th grade which was about 2010 or 2011. Please, I want this book back, thank you if you find it.