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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

In good times and in, well, less-than-good times, your continued support of Book Again means so much to us -- I just can't say "thank you" enough times!

Your support comes in so many ways -- from participating in our sales dates (which pay our bills) to bringing-in your books to trade (which keeps our shelves stocked) to telling your friends and neighbors about us (which is truly the best sort of advertising we could hope for)!

We love seeing our regulars bringing a friend with them to the store. During a recent two-week period we noticed that Nadine O'Hara brought in Judy Scarborough; Susan Leony brought in Kim Hee; Margaret Maloney brought in Judy Kortdich; Tomi Givens-Carr brought in Kathy Ulmer (and her aunt, Carol J Smith); Trish Carter brought in her mother, Teresa Carter; Judy Gonz brought in her sister, Ellen Borders (visiting from Alaska); Melissa Krawczyk brought in Kellie Bantug; and Nancy Murphy brought in Melissa Garner!

It was great seeing you all! Thank you so very much for your visit!


From the Editor:
  • Classics
  • Westerns
  • Mysteries
  • General Fiction paperbacks (in good condition, within 6 months of publication)
By Diana

The good thing about W.E.B. Griffin is that he is the author of some utterly fantastic military and detective novels, such as Badge of Honor, The Corps, and Men at War.

The bad thing is that he just doesn’t write fast enough to keep up with me!

Recently I have come across a copy of Mr. Griffin’s own personal reading list. And so, as I wait ever so patiently for his next work, I have started to explore some of Mr. Griffin’s favorite authors, which include Patrick Davis, Tom Wilson, Dale Brown and Mark Berent. So far I have not been disappointed!

If you are as big a fan of espionage, military and spy novels as I am, then you should also enjoy these authors immensely. I recommend you check them out on your next visit to Book Again.

Moving on to a completely different genre, I favor Tony Hillerman’s great mystery novels, which feature solid storylines and also immerses and educates us in the Hopi culture. Now that he is no longer with us, some other similar authors you might enjoy include David & Aimee Thurlo, whose stories give insight into Indian law enforcement and the role women play in this sometimes deadly arena.

James Doss and Kirk Mitchell are two other fine authors who also bring us into the lives of Native American people living life on the reservations. They open a window for a fascinating look at how these people cope with crime prevention and detection when modern day procedures come into conflict with their tribal culture. I hope you will check out some of these authors and find yourself immersed into new worlds of reading pleasure.

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Linda's 1-2-3 Enchiladas
  • 2 C cooked and shredded chicken
  • 3 C shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 C chopped onion
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 3/4 C sour cream
  • 1 can chopped green Chiles
  • 1 can (19 oz) of your favorite enchilada sauce

In a small bowl, combine chicken, 2 cups cheese, green Chiles, and onion.

In a small skillet, bring enchilada sauce to boil; remove from heat. Dip each tortilla into heated sauce to soften.

Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture and 2 tablespoons sour cream down center of each tortilla. Roll; place tortillas seam side down in 12x8" baking dish. Pour remaining heated enchilada sauce over top. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake 20 minutes at 350. Makes 4 servings.

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For what, after all, can fire the imagination as much as a look at trains? What else is so alluring, so epic, so evocative of the land near and far as the thought of those great Iron Horses, thundering through the night with banshee cries as they pass us by, heading to places we ourselves may never see...

Who has not stood by a railroad track at least once and pondered its significance, wondering exactly where it was going, and more specifically just how far one could get if one were to simply hop on?

I dare say no one simply “hops on” anymore. The days of Bulls and Bums, of Sleepers and Diners and Private Cars are seemingly all behind us now – ghosts of a time now lost to Legend.

Which of course makes this stuff absolutely perfect for a folklore column!

Take the case of – well, let’s just call him “John” for the time being. John was born in Missouri during the Civil War, and, growing up there and later in Cayce, Kentucky, developed two life long obsessions: baseball and railroading.

Now, in those days a talent for one of those could be helpful in pursuit of the other. In those happy times, before sports had become so dreadfully over-organized, each rail yard had its own baseball team, and it is said that it was not uncommon for a young man to obtain gainful railroading employment based solely on their abilities with bat and mitt.

At any rate, we are not sure whether John’s 6 foot 4 stature had anything to do with anything, but he became both a player, as well as a very accomplished railroad man. The story is told of the time that he was on the outside running board of a moving engine doing some maintenance when a small girl suddenly appeared upon the tracks ahead! As the girl seemed paralyzed with fear, John shouted a warning to a fellow engineer, then perilously made his way out to the very edge of the “cow catcher”, unbelievably scooping the child to safety!
Of course we might never have heard about that one if it weren’t for one other little tale.

It seems our John was doing double duty one foggy, rainy night, doing his best to get a passenger train in on time, when without warning his fireman yelled out that some freight cars were stalled on the track ahead. John shouted for the fireman to jump, and calmly set about simultaneously reversing the throttle, hitting the airbrakes, and sounding a whistle of warning. As a result, the train was slowed sufficiently by the time of impact that there was only one fatality.

As far as passenger injuries, two people reported bruises, one suffered some back pain and two more reported being “jarred”.

The sole fatality was, of course, our friend John, also known as John Luther Jones, better known to millions as “Casey” Jones. (That fatal express route was eventually given a new name, which it famously retains to this day: the “City of New Orleans”.)

This long overdue column is for the rail enthusiasts in the family: Sheryl and Clara (and I suppose I had better not leave out Uncle Mike!).

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"These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.  From each of them goes out its own voice... and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart."—Gilbert Highet

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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