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.

7/16/2019 12:35:17 AM

I recall that the title of the book I am looking for was something akin to The Art of Flying, but a google search doesn’t bring it up. The story centers around young boys and their small town. One of their neighbors, an elderly German man, turns out to be an ex Nazi and he ultimately commits suicide. I can’t recall the events that lead up to him hanging himself, but it obviously causes a stir.

7/15/2019 5:19:06 PM

Classical Historical novel about two sisters, one is beautiful (Rose) and uses her beauty to get her way with people, the other one is not beutiful but has a beautiful heart which led her to get married to the man she loved.The sister with the beautiful face had always loved the same man that her sister got married to. I hope some one would help me with the title of this very known novel. P.s English is not my 1st language so sorry for the nasty writing. Pretty please help?

7/15/2019 8:28:17 AM

i am looking for a gay m/m romance- the main character is a older man who is bi-sexual, but he was married for so many years-so he never told anyone-his wife knew-but she passed away, and he has a teenaged daughter, but he never told her. she is in college, and he has no idea how to tell her. i think he is known in the country music world-he is a song writer perhaps? or a band promoter? anyways-he goes to a bar, and he has been hit on by a few fans-and turns them down. then he see this young cute guy, who is staring at him. they flirt for a few minutes, and he invites the younger guy to his hotel. they are outside waiting for a hotel, and people are staring, and trying to get ther atttention, but it is all these younger people-not really his type of when they get in the taxi, he mentions it, and the younger guy laughs. the younger guy asks the taxi driver which one of the two of them does he recognize, and he knows who the younger guy is. (apparently the younger guy is famous as a video blogger-he tapes everything and anything going on in his life, and doing stunts, etc., etc, and he does alot of gay rights things, to bring awareness to the world) they spend the night together, and go out a few times....the older guy has him out to his ranch/farm, and he kind of 'hides' the younger guy....and once he stops by the younger guys apartment-he is taping for his blog, and he and this other guy are in boxers, trying to cover themselves in fruit roll ups-older guy gets jealous!) they are at the farm house, and they are realizing they are in love, but the older guy is trying to figure out how to tell his daughter-because he realizes at this point he has to...and while they are talking-the daughter is out in the entrance way, listening, and she bursts into the kitchen, and she is thrilled her dad is happy, has found someone. when she sees who he is in love with, she screams-she follows him on his blog (the dad didn't know just quite how famous his boyfriend is, with sponsors and such)...then she admits to her dad that her college roomate is more than a roomate-it is her girlfriend. and she had been scared to tell him. other details about book-the dad comes across the boyfriend and his daughter sharing the bath tub on extra hot days, and he sits outside and listens to their conversations and then jokes about who is wearing a bathing suit? when boyfriend officlly moves in to farm, he does this huge taping to introduce the world to his boyfriend, and all the animals on the farm...he apparently was a city boy, and was nervous about moving on the farm....