New and Used Books
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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!


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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
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HOLIDAY HOURS:

Friday, July 3: 11am to 4pm
Saturday, July 4: CLOSED
Sunday, July 5: 11am to 4pm

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Our April Book Sale was a great success, and we would like to thank each and every one of you for your patronage! Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement!

As I write this (during the last week of April) our shelves are slowly filling-up with new books. What's needed most are recent paperbacks (within 9 months of publication) and mysteries. So now's the time to bring us your books!

For those of you into Fantasy and Sci-Fi, you'll notice some changes in our back room. In an effort to better organize things, we have attempted to separate the Fantasy books from the Sci-Fi books. Sometimes its not so easy to tell them apart, so if we have messed-up with your favorite books or authors, please be patient. Change is sometimes difficult.

And as always, if you are having trouble finding a book or author or subject matter, don't hesitate to ask for help. We know the joy of finding just the book you were looking for, and it makes us equally happy to know you found it at Book Again!

Sheryl

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From the Editor:
  • Recent paperbacks (within 9 months of publication)
  • Mysteries in good condition
  • Classics in good condition
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FACT OR FICTION
By Diana

Think Historical Fiction is boring? Does the mere mention conjure up memories of a boring class, where history was reduced to a series of meaningless dates and places – most of which were forgotten as soon as the exam was over? Well I used to feel the same way.

But boy, how wrong I turned out to be! I was missing out on so many great stories! What I really love about this particular genre is how a good writer can take a little-known fact – sometimes no more than a mere mention in some obsolete document – and turn it into a fascinating adventure that is just as believable as any non-fiction book and just as engrossing as any novel.

And on the flip-side, many of our books in the Non-Fiction section can often be more outrageous, absurd or horrifying than their fictional cousins! A good story is a good story, and in the Non-Fiction section you’ll find stories of romance, futurism, humor, and yes, even historic tales.

One of my favorite Historical Fiction titles is One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd, a tale set in 1854 in which the Cheyenne Indians (alarmed at their shrinking numbers) set out to intermarry with white women as a way to assimilate into white society. They make a proposal with President Ulysses Grant to trade 1,000 horses for 1,000 white brides. This first novel by freelance journalist Jim Fergus won the 1999 Fiction of the Year Award from the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association and spent 57 weeks on the French bestseller list.

Some other interesting historical fiction titles include W.E.B. Griffin’s Corps, a story recounting a group of marines serving from WWII through Korea; and two titles from Lucia St. Clair Robson: The Tokaido Road, a vengeful tale set in 1702 feudal Japan, and Fearless, A Novel of Sarah Bowman, the story of a laundress who traveled with Zachary Taylor during the Seminole and Mexican wars.

In the non-fiction category, one of the titles I became interested in is Ishi, The Last of His Tribe, the story of a lone survivor from a tribe of California Indians who became both confused and enchanted with the “white world.” Nathaniel Philbrick’s The Heart of the Sea is the true story of the sperm whale on which Herman Melville based his classic Moby Dick upon.

Diane Ackerman’s The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the life story of Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabubsju, who saved over 300 people from the Nazis by hiding them in their zoo. At times humorous and poignant, it is a wonderful tale of Holocaust victims that survived the horrors of their day.

Perhaps, like me, you will find it is often difficult to separate fact from fiction while reading these books. I hope you will give them a try and enjoy them as much as I did.

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Jennifer’s Chicken and Rice Casserole
  • 2 tablespoon butter or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cup diced cooked chicken
  • 2 14 1/2 ounce cans green beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounce can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 4 ounce jar pimentos
  • 10 3/4 ounce can condensed cream of celery OR chicken soup
  • 1 cup Light Sour Cream
  • 6 ounce box long-grain wild rice, cooked according to package
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350

Heat butter or oil in a small skillet over medium heat

Add onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes

Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl

Add all remaining ingredients to bowl and mix together until thoroughly combined

Pour into a greased 3-quart casserole dish

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly – Let stand for a few minutes before serving

Want more delicious food ideas? Check out our Recipe Archive!

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THE HISTORY OF BOOK AGAIN

Hello? What’s that, you say? Is Joe starting-off yet another folklore column with loads of rhetorical questions? Well, dear reader, yes and no. At press time, ol’ brother Joe finds himself far too busy to take the time to fill-up your heads with various ghost stories, myths and miscellaneous mumbo jumbo.

With Joe out of commission, I, brother Dan – the most handsome and cleverest of Sheryl’s sons – will undertake the awesome responsibility of putting together this month’s column. Having just visited many pages on Wikipedia, I feel very confident.

So for now, let’s forget about Joe and his busy, busy schedule, and delve into the mostly-unknown (and mostly-made-up) history of your favorite bookstore in Torrance, California – Book Again.

Of course, the real story of Book Again starts around 20,000 BC, when Asian hunting tribes followed the herds of woolly mammoths across the Bering Strait and into the New World, a flagrant violation of future international customs protocols. Some 10,000 years later, the mammoths died out, and reading quickly became a popular pastime.

As time progressed, bookshelves all over southern California were increasingly overcrowded, and just 11,500 years later, the time was finally ripe for the South Bay’s first used bookstore to open its doors.

Some believe Book Again opened for business in the mid-1500’s. Others believe I just made that up. Nevertheless, brisk trade with Spanish conquistadors fueled Book Again’s rapid growth. Most popular book of the day? So You’ve Come Down With Typhus... by Edward Katzenblech, PhD. Cost? A handful of chick peas and a pound of barley.

Over the centuries, Book Again grew steadily, and by 1849 it provided free coffee, a reading room, gold-exchange services, and a hotel. Abraham Lincoln was rumored to have slept at the Book Again Hotel – a fact largely unknown by present-day historians and even by Abraham Lincoln, himself.

May of 1909 is a milestone in Book Again’s history. In that year, Miss Petula Clark, a regular Book Again customer, inquired about the latest Star Trek novel. Informed that the series would not be written for another 60 years, she flew into a wild rage and put a curse on the Sci-Fi section and on the Book Again employee who gave her the bad news, causing Book Again to enact a temporarily policy of not carrying books on witchcraft.

Fortunately the curse on the employee backfired, causing her to inherit 100 acres of land in Santa Barbara; but those unlucky enough to step foot in the Sci-Fi section quickly reported strange and peculiar happenings. Eerie voices could be heard emanating from that section. To the trained ear of a paranormal investigator, these voices were clearly uttering dangerous demonic verses and unworldly chants. To the untrained ear the voices seemed to be saying, “This isn’t a sci-fi novel,” and “Hey, here’s that Stephen King book you’ve been looking for.”
Other than that, the curse on the Sci-Fi/Horror/Mystery section didn’t really seem to achieve anything. “It really didn’t seem to achieve anything,” confirms Sheryl Anderson, present-day owner of the store, when asked if the curse on the Sci-Fi/Horror/Mystery section seemed to achieve anything. “No, not really,” she added as I jotted down her answer with remarkable efficiency.

Sadly we are running out of space on this edition of the newsletter, so we will have to gloss over the fact that not only did Book Again help end World War II, but also helped to fend off a hostile UFO invasion of the South Bay in 1981. And the future looks just as promising!

Carry on, Book Again!

—Dan Nolte

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"A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum – of both books and money! But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold."
Henry Miller
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We are 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
Site updated 5/4/09 • click here for our newsletter archive

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