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Happy 2009 to each and every one of you – and thank you so much for your consistent and continued support of Book Again! Thanks to you we had a wonderful 2008 and were able to bring you a lot of exciting new titles and products!

2009 looks to bring a lot of important changes for all of us, and here at Book Again, our first big change will be to the "Free Paperback with every $10 purchase" offer. In the past, the free paperback was good for a "mass market" sized paperback marked at $3.95 or less. Based on your comments and suggestions, we have decided to allow you to combine the "Free Paperback" stamps, so that you may use more than 1 stamp if the book you desire costs more than $3.95.

Please note that recent paperbacks (marked with "NS" next to our price) will still be excluded from this offer.

We feel this helps you get the books you really want, and we appreciate your continued comments and suggestions – either via email or in person at Book Again. Here's to a wonderful New Year!


From the Editor:
  • Westerns
  • Mysteries
  • General fiction in good condition
By Diane Bailey

Do you seem to always find yourself browsing our Romance Section? If so, you’re not alone – it is one of our most popular areas. And for that reason, I’d like to share a few thoughts on my favorite authors.

Regency: Adrienne Basso, Celeste Bradley, Julianne Maclean and Anne Mallory all have wonderful stories set in England.

Contemporary: Anne Jeffrey is one of my all-time favorites, while Deidre Martin has a wonderfully fun series about an ice hockey team. Jennifer Crusie and Lorie Foster are always good in this category!

Western: I just love those cowboys! Joan Johnston & Norah Hess are the best at bringing them to life.

Vampire: Both Erin McCarthy’s series about Las Vegas vamps and Lynsay Sands’ series about a vamp family are “to die for.”

Steamy: Cheryl Holt and Jaid Black are my picks to help get the new year off to a hot start!

I hope these recommendations help you out – at least for the first few weeks of the new year!

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Jennifer's Ham Sandwiches
on Hawaiian Rolls
  • 2 packages of King's Hawaiian rolls (24)
  • 1 pound ham, thinly sliced (I use honey ham)
  • 3/4 pound Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Spray the bottom of a 9x13 pan with Pam.

Cut rolls and place bottoms in pan.

Put on ham and Swiss cheese slices (just pile it on – I usually cut the Swiss to make the pieces fit better).

Put the tops of the rolls on.

Melt the butter and add the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds and stir really well.

Pour the mixture over the sandwiches, cover and put in fridge overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 (I leave the sandwiches out for a while to take the chill off) and bake for 20 minutes (until the cheese is melted). I usually keep the foil loosely covering the sandwiches so the tops don't get burned. Just check them every so often. Be sure that if you cut the number of rolls down to 12 that you also halve all the other ingredients.

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Welcome to another edition of our bimonthly folklore column - or, as it seems to be turning into, the "Chronicles of Clara".

For those of you just joining us, let me explain. I'm a new father - my daughter (the aforementioned Clara) is just sixteen months old. I have been writing these columns for over twenty years now, invariably pushing the envelope of what properly constitutes "folklore" to include not only the expected and obligatory Origins of various Traditions and retellings of Popular Legends old and new, but also everything from the Beatles to Disney to Charles Schulz. In short, everything that moves me or fascinates me in this big old wonderful world has been Fair Game.

With the birth of my daughter, I now have the extraordinary opportunity of revisiting all the inherent magic of this world anew, through her eyes. What follows is one example. It is a Christmas tale and should by rights be tucked away for a year, but a year from now so much will have changed that I fear this tale would get lost in the process. Therefore, a final bit of nutmeg and mistletoe to make everyone's New Year a little jollier...

A few weeks ago I had decided that it was time to expose her to some of the animated Holiday Classics. She had been obsessed with Disney's "Cinderella" for some time, and, as we had thus seen it about 800 times in the past month, it was getting old. Therefore, digging deep into the archives, I pulled out my collection of the very first original Christmas animation specials from the 60's, and began...

I started with the original "Charlie Brown Christmas". It should have been a no-brainer, as she is familiar with the characters, and is fond of pointing out Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest when looking at books with Daddy. For some reason, however, the show didn't hold her attention.

The same thing happened with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". This surprised me, as the music and characters should have been right up her alley, but it was a no go. Within minutes she was bored. The Grinch fared a bit better, as we actually lasted for the entire half hour, but after that initial showing she was over it.

That left only one...

Now, long time readers know the great affection I have for "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol". For those of you just joining us, I will briefly elaborate.

"Magoo" was the first (and arguably best) of the four Christmas Animated Classics (the other three being the ones already mentioned) that set the stage some forty-odd years ago for what is now a rather ubiquitous Holiday Tradition. It seemed like an odd concept - Mr. Magoo was a one-joke UPA character who had by 1962 already passed his prime.

And yet it worked. It worked extraordinarily well! They turned the special into a play-within-a-play, so that we were treated to backstage glimpses as well as segues between "acts" where the camera would take in the audience as they applauded, with the stage itself far away, a mysterious world-within-a-world waiting to be discovered. To top it off, they commissioned several wonderful songs from the great Jules Styne, then at the top of his game.

The special was a hit, which was something of a surprise, since at the time no one was sure just how well a cartoon Christmas special was going to go over. When it was rebroadcast the next Christmas ('63) the ratings were even higher, and so it was that the following three Christmases saw the premiers, in order, of "Rudolph", "Charlie Brown", and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". A new and lucrative tradition had been born, the echoes of which resonate to this day.

I was six at the time of the first airing of "Magoo", that December of '62, and it was my first exposure to the concept of plays, backstages, sets, costumes, etc. By serendipitous coincidence, one of the big toys that year was something called a "Show Boat", which was a big plastic stage in the form of a boat that came with actual scripts and sets. I was hooked.

And a year later I got to play Tiny Tim in a school production of "Carol".

Therefore, as you can see, I have a deep and wonderful attachment to that show, and so I was extremely hesitant to pull it out. Clara had already rejected the other three, and it was going to break my heart if "Magoo" suffered the same fate.

I quickly decided that I was being foolish - at sixteen months, she could hardly be expected to have quite developed the aesthetic sophistication to fully appreciate these classics. I realized that the best I could hope for was to give her an initial exposure to them. Full appreciation would come in a few years.

With that in mind, I threw on Magoo.

She was instantly, completely mesmerized. We watched it three times in rapid succession, and have probably seen it 100 times since then. My wife is ready to kill us, but daddy and daughter are quite happy!

Clara applauds whenever the audience does in this wonderful play-within-a-play - she claps along with the Cratchit "Brightest Christmas" song, she is invariably transfixed by the beautiful "Hand for Each Hand", she always points at the screen with great delight at that magic moment when the opening carolers and the "Winter was Warm" theme segue into our first glimpse of Magoo as Scrooge...

It was an extraordinary Christmas surprise, and one that I am unlikely to ever forget.

Two Footnotes: First, I am happy to announce that she eventually warmed up to both "Charlie Brown" and "Rudolph" (she loves the Abominable Snowman in the latter).

Secondly, I am delighted to announce that at long last a book is being finished that is all about the making of the Magoo classic. It's called "Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol: UPA, Magoo and the Making of the First Animated TV Special", it's written by Darrell Van Citters, and if all goes well there is a good chance that it might be published this Fall, just in time for Christmas 2009! You can learn more about that at

And now I have gone on way too long, and so I welcome you to another New Year, and bid you all Goodnight!

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