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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

Another summer season has begun, and I'm sure we are all counting our blessings right about now that we live in such a wonderful climate. And with the new season comes our annual Summer Sale, which this time includes a 20% savings on our wonderful selection of Leanin' Tree Greeting Cards! So be sure to stop by and save half-off our selection of books, audio books and puzzles!

To answer a few quick questions, we always keep our same store hours (11-4) during sale days, and the reason our outside budget books are not included in these sales is because they have their own super-low year-round rate of 15 books for $3. You can't beat that!

Be sure not to miss our folklore column, below, where my son, Joe, reflects on some wonderful summers of his past, and the magic that reading has brought to him.

The love of reading has always meant so much to my family, and Book Again has been my dream -- but I could never have done it alone. Over the years we've had so many wonderful people help out behind the counter, and now the time has come for two of my temporary assistants to move on to other pursuits.

This means I am looking for someone to fill a regular part-time position with us -- someone who is not only friendly, but genuinely interested in other people and happy to serve. Interested applicants should be ready to work a six-hour shift (twice per week) and would need to be fairly flexible.

We've found that this is the perfect opportunity for someone who has taken early retirement, is active and healthy and would like a very fun and satisfying part-time occupation. If this sounds interesting to you, please see me at the store and we'll talk.


From the Editor:
  • General Paperback Mysteries, Westerns and recent Fiction (in good condition)
A New Author
By Diana

At long last I have discovered a wonderful new author (at least new to me and maybe to you). Setting aside my romantic comedies for some deeper reading, I have found author Jefferson Bass to be entertaining, educating and thoroughly engrossing.

"Jefferson Bass" is a pen name of two co-authors: Jon Jefferson (a well-respected journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker) and Bill Bass (one of the world's most renowned forensic anthropologists and the founder of the University of Tennessee Anthropology Research Facility, aka the "Body Farm"). Their crime stories revolve around death in a variety of forms and how the study of decomposing bodies over time has helped detectives around the globe solve crimes, pinpoint times of death and ultimately catch killers.

The storylines are well plotted; the characters interesting and realistic and surprises await you with every turn of the page. So if you're caught up on Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell, then you might want to give Jefferson Bass a try.

Look for Jefferson Bass' Carved in Bone, Flesh and Bone and The Devil's Bones in our fiction genre. The two authors also co-wrote a couple of very interesting non-fiction books exploring the world of forensic science: Beyond the Body Farm and Death's Acre (which can be found in our non-fiction section).

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Linda's Favorite Artichoke Dip
  • 8 oz mayonnaise
  • 8 oz soft cream cheese
  • 8 oz Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz jar NON-marinated artichoke hearts
  • Garlic powder (to taste)

Combine ingredients and heat through under broiler for 3 minutes

Watch carefully – you want the top to be lightly browned.


Heat in the oven at 350° (it will stay warmer, longer this way)

Best served with Triscuits, Wheat Thins or cubed French bread.

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Welcome, dear readers, to the Summer edition of the Book Again folklore column. You may recall that I left you last time with Mrs. Barclay in that magic "otherwise unused room downstairs" at the old Malaga Cove Library. Back at the dawn of the 1960's, we young ones would gather there every Monday morning to be introduced to the Classics: "Make Way for Ducklings", "Babar the Elephant", innumerable Dr Seuss tales, and so many more.

As you can see, these reading circles were tailored for the very young, as presumably the slightly elder children could muddle through the words themselves. Still, having younger brothers, I was able in later years to pop in from time to time, just to relive the magic of Early Memory, and was consequently introduced to a most unusual Nanny named Mary Poppins mere weeks before the film was released.

I remember librarian Mrs. Barclay for so much more, though. She was my guide into the mysterious realm of the Unread -- and, as anyone who knew me as a child can confirm, she must have had the patience of a saint to put up with me.

For I would come bolting into the library, head straight for her, and immediately insist on her complete attention and cooperation. Nothing else would do but that she drop everything, listen to whatever strange request I had that week become fixated upon, and take me into that secret garden to find a good match.

And she would. With a smile. And we would move through those magic shelves, she looking, thinking, scrutinizing, myself a step back, hardly daring to breathe lest I disturb the alchemy at work. And at length I would have been introduced to yet another treasure or two for the week.

Summers were the best, of course.

Summers are always the best for reading. If none of us have quite the spare time we ought to, we at least usually have a bit more of it in Summer. And certainly Summer and Reading go hand in hand for kids -- the Malaga Cove Summer Reading program led to the creation of one of my most prized possessions -- a photograph, published in the local newspaper, of Mrs. Barclay and I -- reading, of course.

I will never know whether I first found books, or rather, with gentle guidance from parents and librarians, books found me. All I can tell you is that reading was a huge part of my life from the first, and a good majority of my fondest Summer memories revolve around books, and most often around that magical place of reading in Malaga Cove that, amazingly, still stands and functions as before, looking very much as it did 50 years ago. To talk to today's librarians around the country, you will hear many things about the Changing Role of the Library, about what Must be Done to Adapt, about the importance of the Library as an Information Community, etc. -- you will hear about almost everything except books. Such is the state of things, as even here at Book Again we cannot help but wonder whether we ourselves will see another Summer, or perhaps be prematurely Kindled out of existence.

It is of little matter though -- things will change, with or without us, and it will do absolutely no good to shout "Get a horse!" to the makers of electronic books. Though all the actual paper in the world may disappear, we will continue to read, and be read to.

I do however confess to a most profound sadness.

Not for myself, though -- rather I am sad for the generations as yet unborn, at the thought that they may not have that same wonderful feeling, standing a step back from the magic librarian, hardly daring to breathe lest they disturb the alchemy at work. I pray it never comes to that.

I must therefore point out with delight that, far from going the way of so many other wonderful rituals of old, the "reading time" tradition at Malaga Cove (and all the Palos Verdes libraries) has actually expanded -- so that even now, in 2011, more children than ever are beginning that wonderful journey that has served me so well these many years.

And now, somewhat ironically, the restrictions of the printed page compel me to conclude -- I must leave you here, though there is so much more I could say.

Why, I could write a book...

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"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
—Mark Twain

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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