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Subject: Researching a book
Date Posted: 1/8/2009 12:12 AM ET
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I'm trying to find a book for a friend.  I've done all the searching I can to no avail.  Is there a place to post a crazy "does anyone know the name of this book" post?

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 12:19 AM ET
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Try here, try Club Members Thoughts, and try posting it in the forum of the genre you think the book was.

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 12:23 AM ET
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Amazon.com - Start a thread in the proper forum (Romance, Historical, Westerns, Fantasy, etc.)  Amazing number of people there and someone will probably know your book...if not they will recommend some websites that have searchable databases.  

When you actually post your question somewhere, list as much information as possible about the book, whatever you can remember. Something/anything on the cover, publisher, subject, character names, plots, dialogue, genre...any details that another reader may recall.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 11:02 PM ET
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If it's a romance, the Smart Bitches site has an amazing readership that can identify just about any book if you email them a description.

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 11:13 PM ET
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You can also try bookslueth at abesbooks http://forums.abebooks.com/abesleuthcom I know from personal experience that its a good place to start. They helped me figure out the title to a pretty obscure book I had read and couldn't remember the name of.

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 12:43 AM ET
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Dory, now you've tweaked my curiosity.  Please, please tell us about the book! :)


Date Posted: 1/9/2009 11:17 PM ET
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You can also try Loganberry's "Stump the Bookseller" service, which has a great track record, particularly for old kids books (but also other genres).  There's a small fee (I think $2) to use them, which you can apply to the purchase price if they can ID and find it.