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A gift certificate at other bookstores might be good for one or two books,
but for the same amount, your recipient can get a whole bag of books at Book Again!
And during the month of December, Book Again pays the sales tax on all
Book Again Gift Certificates!

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


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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

Our October Sale was very successful, but the real surprise was the fantastic response to our first Seniors Only Sale. If you missed out, this was a special 1-day sale we tailored specifically for seniors 65+ who don’t do well with the big crowds we get on the weekends (especially our busy sale weekends). We were surprised to see a small crowd actually waiting for our doors to open that day. What fun! The good will and appreciation expressed by those in attendance was really wonderful. It reminded me of how our first half-off sales were so many years ago. Thank you all so much!

So I’m happy to announce that we plan to continue these special Senior Sale dates at a time near our regular sales. For our upcoming Christmas Sale (taking place on Dec 4, 5 & 6), the Senior Sale will follow on Dec 9th. Keep watching this website (or our newletter) for future sale dates!


From the Editor:
  • Classics
  • General Fiction paperbacks (within 9 months of publication)
By Carole

We all have our own fantasies. At Book Again, our fantasy books are as varied as our customers – ranging from stories of elves and dragons to myths of sexy vampires and werewolves.

For those of you who don’t know, our “Paranormal Romance” books are located in our Fantasy Section. That is where we carry the genre’s popular authors and where, at the end of that section, carry their anthologies.

Paranormal Romances may include such subjects as vampires, ESP, werewolves, ghosts, shape-shifters, time travel, futuristic settings, and more. If an author writes both paranormal and regular romance, you should be able to find them in both those specific sections. Heather Graham, Susan Sizemore, and Christina Dodd are all examples of this.

So if you’re in the mood for something a little different, why not check out our Fantasy Section for a change of pace? And may all your fantasies come true.

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Lorraine’s Toffee Squares
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 egg white

Cream butter, add sugar, egg yolk and vanilla and beat well. Add flour, cinnamon and baking soda and mix well. Place in greased 11 x 16 pan and flatten with wet hands to prevent sticking. Brush top with slightly beaten egg white. Sprinkle pecans over egg white and press down slightly. Bake at 325 degrees for 335 – 40 minutes. Remove from oven and at once cut into squares. Remove from pan when cool.

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Once upon a time, a troubled man walked the streets of New York. He was a songwriter bY trade, and had been asked to write a Christmas song. He didn't think he could do it. He had never tried to write one before, and now...

Well, now was just about the worst possible time to try to think about anything festive or jolly. You see, it was October of 1962, and this man was not alone in feeling troubled. It was the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and for a few days there it really looked as if nuclear war was going to erupt. Everyone was worried – everyone had that same troubled look.

This man had been through World War II, part of the time as a spy who had successfully infiltrated the Nazis – dangerous stuff, indeed. He knew first-hand the horrors of War, a knowledge that only fueled his current rather grim state of mind as he walked the city streets.

Just then, he came upon two women, each with a stroller, and each stroller containing an impossibly cherubic baby. He looked down, and saw that the two babies were actually smiling at each other. Happily oblivious to the troubles of grownups, these two innocents were happy in that separate peace of childhood.

In a flash, the man's despair had vanished. In his words, "All of a sudden my mood was extraordinary." The image stayed with him as he raced home, his Christmas song already begun.

He had had a vision of the babies as innocent little lambs, and began to sketch out a little story about the night wind speaking to a similar lamb long ago, asking "Do you hear what I hear?"

No doubt much of the rest of the story is familiar. In the story within the song, the wind is of course telling the lambs of the birth of that Prince of Peace for whom Christmas was named, and the lambs tell a shepherd, and the shepherd tells a mighty king, and in the fantasy in which the tale takes place the king in turn tells the world to pray for Peace. An extraordinarily fitting tale for those Cold War days which my childhood recalls, now so very long ago.

As far as the real story, President Kennedy was of course able to prevent a nuclear war, and the songwriter, Noel Regney, gave the lyrics to his wife, Gloria Shayne, to put to music, and "Do You Hear What I Hear" was quickly recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale in time to become a modest success that holiday season. Its greatest success lay a year away, however.

In the fall of 1963, Bing Crosby decided to record it. He went into the studio in late November, on the same day a group called the Wellingtons went in to record the "Scarecrow" theme for Disney – and tragically and ironically the same day President Kennedy rode a Dallas motorcade to eternity – November 22, 1963.

Bing nevertheless released the thing at the beginning of that December, and the song became a world wide hit which would go on to be recorded by hundreds. It seems the world's evident need for such a "prayer for peace", as Regney called his creation, was stronger than ever in the wake of tragedy. It seems we continue to need it, perhaps now more than ever.

Now, I must confess that, being six at the time the song was written, I remember nothing of the Missile Crisis, other than the fact that our teacher seemed to be conducting an inordinate amount of "drop drills".

I do, however, remember that holiday season very well indeed, for December 1962 brought us the debut of the incomparable "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol".

I therefore cannot leave you without the news that, as predicted in a previous column, the long-awaited book on this First Animated TV Christmas Special Ever is out, and just in time for Christmas! Find out all about Clara's favorite Christmas show here:

Peace and Good Will to you all, and a Very Merry Christmas!!

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