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.

josey
6/17/2019 10:26:46 PM

i’m looking for a book about a girl who (i think) ran away after being raped and wound up in a 2 story house on a beach (pretty sure that’s where it was at) and she thinks the person she ran away from is watching her from the house across the street.


josey
6/17/2019 10:26:46 PM

i’m looking for a book about a girl who (i think) ran away after being raped and wound up in a 2 story house on a beach (pretty sure that’s where it was at) and she thinks the person she ran away from is watching her from the house across the street.


zephbee
6/17/2019 9:17:03 AM

I think it is a YA book but it could be an adult fiction. There’s a rising female singer and her friend (?) or bodyguard. They have to sleep in the same bed for some reason, and because the friend likes the singer, he starts thinking about her sexually while sleeping next to her. As if reading his mind, the girl turns to him in bed, takes his penis and starts to jerk him off. He reluctantly has an orgasm in her hands then she says, “ Can I go to sleep now?, then she gets up to wash her hands.