seeking dimly remembered memoir, a "rare" book.
May 31, 2014 8:39 AM Subscribe
I am looking for some help tracking down a poorly remembered book that I read 2 decades ago.
Are there resources for "ID this book?" when the hapless reader does not remember the title or author and are those references different for books that are considered to be rare?
posted by egk to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
About 20 years ago, I got a memoir through interlibrary loan written by a young man who
disliked his city life and job and decided to be a fur trapper. I believe it was some sort of desk/finance job in NYC or Boston and he went to the French Canadian Wilderness with his young bride. I believe this was in the 20's, possibly the 30's.
He described their very athletic lifestyle (lots of running along snowy trails) and then stopping to build a fire and drink hot tea. And she kept up with him! At the end of the book, they had settled down a bit and started a family.
I would like to re-read this book, but can not recall title or author. I am not surprised that I don't remember the book details, but I do remember thinking it was very nice of VMI to agree to lend the book as it must surely be rather rare or scarce, anyway.
It was a hardbound book. I've tried using the VMI online catalog, but I've not made a lot of progress, given the limited sorting options. I've also contacted the librarian at VMI.
I would like to know the term for this type of question in the library world as well as in MeFi. Is it a "readers advisory" or a reference question?
I am also interested in info sources for this sort of question, particularly for older or rare books.