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.

12/3/2020 12:22:49 AM

Im looking for a book I remember reading in grade five(in alberta.canada) it was part of the curriculum in 2015, it takes place sometime during the colonization of canada, a young boy and his father move out of the city leaving their mother and a new baby behind to build a house out in the forest and to prepare farm land. they spend months building and once it is done the father goes back into the city to bring the mom and baby to the forest, the young boy is left at the new home alone while the father travels there and back. during this time he meets a young aboriginal boy and befriends him, I remember the title had something to do with a bear paw or claw

12/2/2020 10:48:43 PM

@tayliz888999 are you describing "Size 12 is Not Fat" by Meg Cabot? It was a hilarious read.

12/2/2020 9:35:15 AM

I'm looking for a book, I don't remember much but.... There is a little girl, one of the main characters i think, whose father works security at a royal palace. The girl and her dad live on the castle grounds. There are parts about what the father sees as security, in fact I think there is a scene where he punches someone and is afraid of getting fired (doesn't get fired). Does any of this sound familiar.