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.

Then60123
9/17/2020 10:23:29 AM

I’m looking for a book about three identical robot sisters. They are raised by a woman she is described as nice and a man described as protective and secretive. They are on the island alone until a real girl washing up on shore she injured and the robots are fascinated with her. Something happened and some people came to the island with guns. Does anyone know the book I’m talking about?


Kls
9/17/2020 10:07:10 AM

Hi I am looking for a book I read as a young kid. I think I was 13 at the time. I found this book at a prison. I was waiting for my mother to get out from seeing my brother who was locked up. Anyway it was about a man who came to the USA illegal on a train from Tijuana. He got a job selling car parts, little did he know they were stolen parts. This man got framed for murder. And a priest helped him prove his innocence or escape. Can't remember. That's really all I remember about the book. It was a paperback. I want to say the name was conviction or something like death sentence. I honestly don't remember. I'm 30 years old now and I've been looking for this book ever since I first read it. Can someone please help me.


Kls
9/17/2020 8:26:54 AM

Hi I am looking for a book I read as a young kid. I think I was 13 at the time. I found this book at a prison. I was waiting for my mother to get out from seeing my brother who was locked up. Anyway it was about a man who came to the USA illegal on a train from Tijuana. He got a job selling car parts, little did he know they were stolen parts. This man got framed for murder. And a priest helped him prove his innocence or escape. Can't remember. That's really all I remember about the book. It was a paperback. I want to say the name was conviction or something like death sentence. I honestly don't remember. I'm 30 years old now and I've been looking for this book ever since I first read it. Can someone please help me.