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


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.

Summerleeo
5/23/2018 2:25:13 AM

This is a long shot but all I can remember is reading it in my 6th grade (2010)class it was a part of my teachers personal library. I vaguely remember bits and pieces, the main character is a girl, I believe she’s under 18 and she’s either adopted or an orphan, but she finds out she has powers(i think). It’s a three book series I think, and I’m pretty sure in the last one she finds out who her real mother is and apparently her mother while she was pregnant with her was taken to this lab to be experimented/tested on with a group of ladies that were also pregnant and that’s what gave her the powers. I think it’s either her adopted dad or a different male figure in her life is part of some government agency responsible for the experiments and they’re trying to find her/(possibly capture her). She also has a guy best friend helping her but I don’t remember them being romantically involved.


Summerleeo
5/23/2018 2:24:35 AM

This is a long shot but all I can remember is reading it in my 6th grade (2010)class it was a part of my teachers personal library. I vaguely remember bits and pieces, the main character is a girl, I believe she’s under 18 and she’s either adopted or an orphan, but she finds out she has powers(i think). It’s a three book series I think, and I’m pretty sure in the last one she finds out who her real mother is and apparently her mother while she was pregnant with her was taken to this lab to be experimented/tested on with a group of ladies that were also pregnant and that’s what gave her the powers. I think it’s either her adopted dad or a different male figure in her life is part of some government agency responsible for the experiments and they’re trying to find her/(possibly capture her). She also has a guy best friend helping her but I don’t remember them being romantically involved.


Kymmi
5/23/2018 1:23:27 AM

I know this is going to seem really out there but I’ve gotta ask. Do you 90s baby’s remember a book about a girl who lives with her two aunts, she goes to a festival in town and falls in love with a handsome young man she meets there. They are quickly married and have a son. Shortly after her son is born she wakes up at her aunts house and is told that that was all just a dream by her aunts. She is treated with she is crazy. After three years She accepts that what happened was nothing more than a dream. She accepts a position as a nanny to the new kings children. She becomes close to the youngest of the kings (alleged)bastards. Although there is a rumor one of the children is legitimate the child’s identity is kept secret from everyone and the children are treated equally. (As the king is expected to marry a duchess soon and her children will be expected to sit on the throne) The future wife of the king is forced to spend time with the children but the king is not present because of matters of state and wedding prep. The future wife treats the nanny and the children poorly and when the future wife hits the youngest son of the king the nanny flat out smacks her. This causes a huge commotion that has the king entering the children’s wing. As she is explaining that the future wife hit the small child, both she and the king recognize one another. He was the man she married and had a son with four years ago. He embraces her and tells her they told him she died in child birth giving him a son. They wed after he sends the duchess packing.