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.

ErinRicketts
1/16/2019 8:53:40 PM

I'm looking for a book that I read probably around 2009 or maybe earlier... It was horror/suspense and I'm pretty sure the cover depicts a car with a female driver. The details I can remember are as follows: Young woman, unhappy with her life, possibly leaving a somewhat abusive situation with her boyfriend, decides to essentially run away. She starts driving and at some point picks up this couple. The couple begins telling her the story of their old friends - the man talks about the male friend and the woman talks about the female friend... They tell the story of their friends who were in a relationship, in love. Finer details I remember are the woman blowing cigarette smoke at the back of the driver's head, and them describing their friends relationship - they talked about how the male got into trouble at school, something about test answers and getting caught with them, the girl goes to art school and is very secretive about her art. At one point the boyfriend sees her art and laughs. This hurts her feelings so much she breaks up with him. I think she moved on and had kids, but the boyfriend's life spirals out of control and he ends up robbing a gas station at gun point and dying of a gunshot wound there. At the end of the book it is revealed that the couple telling the story are the ghosts of the couple they are talking about. Thanks in advance!


ErinRicketts
1/16/2019 8:53:22 PM

I'm looking for a book that I read probably around 2009 or maybe earlier... It was horror/suspense and I'm pretty sure the cover depicts a car with a female driver. The details I can remember are as follows: Young woman, unhappy with her life, possibly leaving a somewhat abusive situation with her boyfriend, decides to essentially run away. She starts driving and at some point picks up this couple. The couple begins telling her the story of their old friends - the man talks about the male friend and the woman talks about the female friend... They tell the story of their friends who were in a relationship, in love. Finer details I remember are the woman blowing cigarette smoke at the back of the driver's head, and them describing their friends relationship - they talked about how the male got into trouble at school, something about test answers and getting caught with them, the girl goes to art school and is very secretive about her art. At one point the boyfriend sees her art and laughs. This hurts her feelings so much she breaks up with him. I think she moved on and had kids, but the boyfriend's life spirals out of control and he ends up robbing a gas station at gun point and dying of a gunshot wound there. At the end of the book it is revealed that the couple telling the story are the ghosts of the couple they are talking about. Thanks in advance!


Francesca Sozio
1/15/2019 2:33:41 PM

historical novel where the protagonist after the death of his violent father goes to live in England as a guest at a noble family . she thinks that the mother who disappeared years ago abandoned her to escape the horrible husband. After the protagonist she comes to know from her mother's beloved that she is unfortunately and dead but that she always waxed she could save it. A scene that I remember and that the protagonist while being a guest of the noble family, unintentionally shows the scars of the whips received from her father