I never found it, but not for lack of trying. And at some point in the early 2000s I discovered Bookfinder and was finally able to purchase it (but not immediately! The first time I looked, it only listed one copy for $75!).
So when I saw this tweet today, it took me down memory land a bit - the book that I spent over six years trying to find as an analog item could now be purchased with the press of a one-click button:
Sorcery & Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot-Patricia Wrede & Caroline Stevermer 3.99 http://t.co/J2KqCIiNbO |ARe http://t.co/veBORrxiQ5Every so often you have to step back and think about what a weird world this is. As NYT writer Nick Bilton wrote, I Live in the Future.
— Sarah Wendell (@SmartBitches) July 18, 2014
Today, of course, I'm especially aware that the shiny side of the future comes along with a dark side - with horrible things like weaponry that can shoot an airliner out of the sky. I'm also remembering how I felt when I finally held Sorcery & Cecelia in my hands: on one hand, so glad to finally have it (and I totally loved it when I read it!), but on the other hand, a tiny bit sorry that my quest - that had led us to so many second hand bookstores in every town we visited - was over. I still go to second-hand bookstores, of course (but so much less over the past four years since I got an ereader) but it was never quite the same...