I found two books that I’d been looking for in used book stores: “Sun After Dark” by Pico Iyer (my favourite travel writer) and “The Money Dragon” by Pam Chun . . . . at the Sunnyvale Public Library. Hooray! I can read these books for free now.
This is a bit sad, because I were ever to publish a book, I’d rather people buy their own copy than read it in the library. So I really should support fellow writers by buying their books. Oh well.