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Book Again features a large selection of current best-sellers
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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

Happy New Year to each of you! As we wind down from the Holiday season, let's hope 2010 will bring us all some relief from the rough economic times.

Book Again has survived thanks to your continued support. Likewise, I hope our popular sales and discounts have helped ease the strain on your wallets while allowing you to keep buying and enjoying new books. Speaking of which, our annual New Year's Half-Off Sale will be taking place on the last two weekends of January, with our very popular Senior's Sale Day on the Wednesday in-between. Don't miss your chance to stock up because the next big sale won't happen until Spring!

But you don't have to wait for our sale dates -- we have a great supply of wonderful books on our shelves right now, with more coming in every day! And if you're looking for something new and off the beaten path, read this month's feature article (below) to learn more about some of our "best kept secrets."

See you soon!


From the Editor:
  • Classics
  • Westerns
  • General Fiction paperbacks (in good condition, within 9 months of publication)
Our Best-Kept Secrets
By Sheryl

I would like to tell you about (or maybe just remind you of) some of our "best kept secrets" at Book Again. That is how we refer to our smaller book sections which, though few in number, hold some true gems.

Oversized Mysteries are located on the top shelf (over the Historical Fiction) and contain some very interesting tales -- most of which are seldom, if ever, seen in the smaller mass market size.

Christian Fiction is located after the Literature section in the front of the store. Most of these books are not "preachy," but rather good, solid family fiction.

Historical Fiction is located beside the Westerns (and under the Oversized Mysteries). You may have been looking for these titles in General Fiction, but no, they have their own small section. And please do ask if you can't find a favorite book or author.

Located on the shelves to the right (as you enter the Children's section) is where we display our Short Stories & Poetry titles.

So during your next visit, take a few moments to browse through some of our "best kept secrets." I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Quick Italian Soup
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium chopped onion, (1/2 c)
  • 1 pkg hamburger helper mix for Lasagna
  • 5 C water
  • 1 can (8 1/4-oz) whole kernel corn
  • 1 can (16-oz) whole tomatoes
  • 1 sm zucchini, sliced, with slices cut into halves (about 1 cup)
  • Parmesan cheese to taste

Cook and stir ground beef and onion in Dutch oven until beef is brown; drain; Stir in sauce mix, water, corn (with liquid), tomatoes (with liquid), and cheese. Break up tomatoes with fork; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes; stir in noodles and zucchini; cover and cook 10 minutes longer. Sprinkle each serving with grated Parmesan cheese – makes 9 1/2 cups of soup.

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Another year passed already???

I must confess that this ever-quickening sprint of days, weeks, months and seasons has finally ceased to surprise -- I now simply accept that Christmas arrived in what seemed like two weeks after Halloween, that spring will pop up in a week or so and summer will follow in a month and then another Christmas a few days later, and so on and so forth at an ever-accelerating rate until the holidays start running into each other, and time actually folds in upon itself and we end up greeting each morning with a "Happy New Year!"

At least that is what it sometimes feels like to we who are now at an age we once would have regarded as "Impossibly Old".

For those of us who are Impossibly Young, of course, the days until next Christmas will drag by like centuries -- long, long centuries in which nothing happens and nothing ever changes.
This may go a long way toward explaining the mad delight with which these Impossibly Young people greet Change. Any change, really, anything different -- anything at all that shakes up the Stagnant Status Quo is taken immediately to heart by Youth.

This is of course the way of it, and is as it should be -- and we couldn't change the system even if we wanted to, so there you have it. Youth embraces change, which to them whispers seductively of a new and wonderful world waiting just for them, even as it seems to whisper something far more ominous to the rest of us...

For we who have entered a somewhat less Impossibly Young part of our lives may dimly remember feeling delight in Change, but it is typically a fading memory only. As the earth spins ever faster and we find ourselves struggling simply to hang on, it begins to feel that everything we recognize is slipping away with alarming haste. We begin to resist Change, as a diabolical agent of this loss.

Both points of view are, of course, somewhat illusory, but we are prisoners of our own perception, and must come to terms with the world as we see and feel it.

Hooray, then, for the Holiday Season just Past! Hooray for that blessed time when the mad pursuit of youth for change is momentarily put aside, as they graciously allow a brief season of Tradition and Remembrance to take hold! Hooray for a time when the long memories of the Impossibly Old (essentially any of us above age 35 or so) are called for, and indeed welcomed as Wisdom again! Hooray for that magic time when Youth briefly embraces Age and the old are young once more!

Ah, and therein lies a good part of the secret magic of the season -- even as it welcomes the young into a timeless realm of ancient truths -- a "Time Tunnel", if you will -- wherein they may briefly see shadows of Holidays long ago, so too does it rejuvenate the old, who may employ that self-same tunnel to return to their own days of delightful, foolish youth...

Oh happy Time Machine of a season! Oh blessed carols that lie dormant eleven months out of the year, only to leap out at us in December and let loose a flood of memories long thought forgotten! As we all grow ever older, how infinitely more dear these ancient memories -- how precious the echoes of events and people now kept alive only in our hearts -- and it is thus without apology that I dare to invoke the spirit of the season once more, even as we embark upon another Turn of the Wheel. Let us, as someone so wisely and famously once said, strive to keep this spirit within us all year round...

And Happy New Year!

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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

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