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.

helgrind
1/24/2020 6:35:15 PM

Hello, I'm looking for the title of book I once saw in the bookshop. English language book. The book was about interesting food related stories. I remember there was a story about some zoo that had to sell their animals becouse they didn't have enough money to keep them. Some restaurants buy animals and sell their meat as a fancy new meal. The book also says how much you need spaghetti pasta for one or more persons. There was an advice how much money you need to give as a tip for a service depending of the money you spend. It would be a great help if someone knew a title. Thank you


helgrind
1/24/2020 6:34:46 PM

Hello, I'm looking for the title of book I once saw in the bookshop. English language book. The book was about interesting food related stories. I remember there was a story about some zoo that had to sell their animals becouse they didn't have enough money to keep them. Some restaurants buy animals and sell their meat as a fancy new meal. The book also says how much you need spaghetti pasta for one or more persons. There was an advice how much money you need to give as a tip for a service depending of the money you spend. It would be a great help if someone knew a title. Thank you


alexpapa474
1/24/2020 3:57:58 PM

Im looking for a book about teens who go to weekend counseling for their specific disorders or disabilities and this group of thugs breaks in and creates a messy hostage situation because one of the kids comes from a rich family but like i said it gets messy and they kill everyone except the 2 main characters, a British guy suffering from schizophrenia and a girl named maria whos issues i forgot, anyway i also believe the authors first name is Anthony but am not positive. Thanks