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December 24: 11am-3pm
December 25: CLOSED
December 31: 11am-3pm
January 1: CLOSED


We BUY, SELL & TRADE your paperback and hardcover books!
Book Again features a large selection of current best-sellers
as well as many hard-to-find & out-of-print titles!

Book Again is located in Torrance, California, at 5039 Torrance Blvd.,
just west of Anza (between Shakey's Pizza and McDonald's restaurant)
Book Again is open 11am to 4pm (CLOSED MONDAYS) (310) 542-1156

Here we are heading into the holiday season already! Time for me to remind you that Book Again Gift Certificates are one of the best deals in town making a great gift idea for the book lover on your gift list!

Unlike "trade credit" (which you get when trading-in books), Book Again Gift Certificates qualify for ALL of our various sales and specials. And instead of a gift of one or two books, a Book Again Gift Certificate can buy a whole bag of books.

Speaking of bags, also consider one of our Book Again Tote Bags as a practical and appreciated gift. Come in and browse for a book something a little different from their usual reading choices or maybe even a new author to try. We'll be happy to help, so don't hesitate to ask us.

Happy Holidays!


From the Editor:
  • Paperback fiction in good condition

British Mysteries
By Carol

British mystery authors seem to have become the rage lately. We have had many requests for referrals.

A great place to start is Go to "Cozy Mysteries by theme." Scroll to "from Great Britain." Featured there are many more than I can list, but here are a few:

Nancy Atherton ­ Aunt Dimity

Dorothy Cannell ­ Ellie Haskel

John Creasy ­ The Toff

Agatha Christie ­ Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot

Arthur Conon Doyle ­ Sherlock Holmes

P D James ­ Adam Dalgliesh

John LaCarre ­ George Smiley

Ngaio Marsh ­ Detective Allyn

Patricia Moyes ­ Henry Tibbitt

Robin Paige ­ Victorian series

Dorothy L Sayers ­ Lord Peter Wimsey

Dorothy Simpson ­ Inspector Luke Thanet

Patricia Wentworth ­ Miss Maude Silver

Some of these are out of print, but good reads if you get your hands on them.

Happy reading!

Want more delicious food ideas? Check out our Recipe Archive!
Linda's Cornbread Stuffing
  • 1 pkg (16 oz) cornbread mix
  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 12 oz bulk pork sausage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 cup dried parsley

Make cornbread as directed on package.
Cool slightly and break into 1-inch chunks.
Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, brown the sausage and with a slotted spoon, place in large bowl.
Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings, sauté the celery and onion until soft.
Stir in the thyme, sage, and parsley.
Stir the cornbread and cooked onion celery mixture into the sausage.
Add the chicken brother and mix well.
Salt & Pepper to taste.


1843: What a year! The first major wagon train set out for the West. The first minstrel show was put on in New York. The city of Victoria in British Columbia was founded, Poe gave us "The Tell-Tale Heart", and Hans Christian Andersen published "The Ugly Duckling".

Mostly though, 1843 is really the beginning of the Modern Christmas.

Christmas had been a legal holiday in Great Britain for just nine years at the time, but the populace was taking the holiday newly to heart in a big way. A good deal of the credit for this belongs to Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, who was introducing many germanic Yuletide customs to the royal household — and, England being England, anything the royals did in those days was bound to be mimicked faster than one could say "Ebenezer Scrooge". Thus were many customs of the Continent introduced to the U.K., including, in 1841, the setting up of the first fully decorated Christmas Tree in Merry Old England.

Now, just two years later, a most singular addition to the joyous newly discovered rituals was added: one Henry Cole thought there might be a market in the selling of little cards for people to send to loved ones at this festive time of year. He may have been onto something...

Yes, the Christmas Card would certainly have put 1843 on the map all by itself, but this most notable invention was itself overshadowed by a modest little story that also appeared that year: Dickens' immortal "A Christmas Carol".

These two events, coupled with the inherent romance of the Royal Tree all aglow, and further augmented by the growth of England's middle class, served to kick the collective Holiday Spirit into high gear. Cards and evergreens proliferated, but, most of all, Christmas became the time for books.

Before the 1840's, spring had always been the peak book producing season. Now, thanks to Dickens, all that changed. Everyone wanted to get in on the action, and few did so with more verve than Charles Dickens himself. He spearheaded a movement that soon saw special books and magazines published especially for the Holidays, and by the end of the decade October had become the busiest month for book production.

It remains so to this day!

Now, I have waxed nostalgically and fondly on my own Christmases Past many a time in these hallowed columns, and more than once on the old tradition of the Christmas Eve Book. These days, however, my thoughts are more with the New than the Old, being a new father at a relatively advanced age.

I remember back in October of 2007 alluding to a wonderful little book called "A Red Skeleton in Your Closet". It was a book of ghost stories for younger readers collected by none other than Red Skelton, first published in 1965. The large hardbound edition includes several delightfully humorously spooky little illustrations.

Little Clara has just discovered these illustrations. The Red Skelton ghost collection is now her favorite book.

At just fourteen months, she has gone from pointing at pictures to find out what the words for them are to actually pointing at printed words... She is going to be trouble.

And I think I know someone who's getting a book this Christmas Eve!

—Joe Nolte

"The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you the knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination."
Elizabeth Hardwick

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We are located in Torrance, California, at 5039 Torrance Blvd.,
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Book Again is open 11am to 4pm (CLOSED MONDAYS) (310) 542-1156
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