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.



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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.

taylean
5/15/2021 10:19:33 AM

I read this book when I was in elementary school and I’m now in college, I have spent years trying to find it but I only remember little details. The book follows this little girl who is a slave and runs from the plantation with her brother I believe, the whole book is them trying to run to freedom. I remember a specific part in the book where they both are in a field with trees surrounding them with a gravel road, they both have not had anything to drink so the brother picks up a rock and proceeds to suck on it because of the salt within the rock. That is really all I can remember, hopefully someone knows what I’m talking about!


taylean
5/15/2021 10:18:27 AM

I read this book when I was in elementary school and I’m now in college, I have spent years trying to find it but I only remember little details. The book follows this little girl who is a slave and runs from the plantation with her brother I believe, the whole book is them trying to run to freedom. I remember a specific part in the book where they both are in a field with trees surrounding them with a gravel road, they both have not had anything to drink so the brother picks up a rock and proceeds to suck on it because of the salt within the rock. That is really all I can remember, hopefully someone knows what I’m talking about!


taylean
5/15/2021 10:18:27 AM

I read this book when I was in elementary school and I’m now in college, I have spent years trying to find it but I only remember little details. The book follows this little girl who is a slave and runs from the plantation with her brother I believe, the whole book is them trying to run to freedom. I remember a specific part in the book where they both are in a field with trees surrounding them with a gravel road, they both have not had anything to drink so the brother picks up a rock and proceeds to suck on it because of the salt within the rock. That is really all I can remember, hopefully someone knows what I’m talking about!