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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

Once again I want to thank you for your wonderful support. I am very happy to report that Book Again is moving slowly out of the red and the outlook is looking much more hopeful. We couldn't do it without you.

We're happy with the good turnout for our October Sale. A big part of it's success is due to our large mailing list, which allows us to notify hundreds of you about our upcoming half-off sales. If you are not on our mailing list already, you can sign up to be included at the store. And I'd like to reassure you that we are dedicated to protecting your privacy, and that our mailing list is not shared with anyone.

While being an invaluable part of our sales, our mailing list is also a great expense in itself, as the price of postage has really been a burden to us in these recent tough times. For that reason, we are asking those of you with access to email to please consider switching from our postcard mailing list to our email mailing list. Ask for details at the store. This will really help us out!

Don't forget about our upcoming Christmas Sale (see above) as well as our Christmas Raffle (see below)! Hope to see you soon at Book Again!


From the Editor:

Saturday December 17, 2011

A $50 Book Again Gift Certificate
will be raffled off on Sat. Dec. 17th, 2011!

Beginning December 1st, 2011, you can receive a raffle ticket for our Dec 17th drawing with each $20 purchase at Book Again. Grand prize is a $50 Book Again Gift Certificate!

You may also receive a raffle ticket when you switch your mailing list notification from our postcard list to our E-mail list (just bring your Christmas Sale postcard to the store and notify the person at the counter).

If you are already on our e-mail list, you can receive a raffle ticket by printing out bringing us a copy of the e-mail you received for our Christmas Sale (one ticket per household).

The drawing will be held at Book Again on December 17, 2011. Winner will be notified (you do not need to be present on that day in order to win).


    Paperbacks in very good condition

  • General Fiction
  • Mysteries
  • Westerns
  • Classics
  • Romances
Bacon Squares (Appetizer)
  • 1 C mayonnaise
  • 2tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salad seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 2 C shredded cheddar (about 8oz)
  • 8 slices bacon, crisply fried and crumbled
  • 1/3 C chopped peanuts
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 14 slices white bread

Heat oven to 400. Mix mayonnaise, Worcestershire, salad seasoning, and paprika. Stir in cheese, bacon, peanuts, and onions. Spread about 3 T bacon mixture over each slice of bread. Bake on ungreased baking sheet for 10 minutes. Cut each slice into 4 pieces. Serve hot (56 appetizers).

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Stockings? A whole column about stockings? Has it come to that? Have we indeed journeyed through so many seasons of Yule that we are reduced to a Christmas column about stockings?

Well, yes we are. However, “reduced” is not quite the most appropriate epithet to pin upon the subject – indeed, before the Germanic custom of Christmas Trees had taken root (sorry) in England and America, it was the humble stocking that was the centerpiece of the Christmas gift tradition! For long centuries, it was the Christmas Stocking that was the receptacle for all the mysterious treats and presents that appeared magically on Christmas Morn, even if now it is often only a side diversion, a relatively minor receptacle reserved for the humbler magic offerings.

Nevertheless, the idea of a Christmas without stockings is untenable. It is a necessary part of the whole marvelous package. There is a special bit of magic associated with the Christmas Stocking, its very presence hearkening back to Christmases more ancient than we can conceive of.

It is not therefore too surprising to discover that there is also a tradition that the best and most magical Christmas Stockings must be hand-made. By sheer coincidence, there is a particular fan of this column who has devoted more years than I can count to the continuation of this tradition. At this very moment she is helping other families by restoring older, treasured stockings, and magically creating replicas of others, so that a child might have the same stocking as one knitted long ago for the parent.

And this particular fan has asked for a folklore column about stockings.

So, to honor the good works of this particular fan, and to honor the season, and mostly because this particular fan is also my Mother-in-Law, and I had better be receptive if I know what’s good for me, here goes...

Unfortunately, the origin of the Christmas Stocking is a simple one, and soon told. As a matter of fact, it has already been told in this very column, back in December of 1990, when I related the tale of how the Bishop (though not yet Saint) Nicholas saved the fortunes of a struggling family by sneaking three golden balls into the stockings of the daughters on Christmas Eve. In short, we have already done it here, and there is no more to be added.

Or so I thought.

Having quickly rejected the idea outright, I was assailed that night by a vision, in which a host of Nordic specters rode across the heavens, in that great and ancient astral apparition known as the “Wild Hunt”.

I awoke, and I remembered...

For it happens that, long centuries ago, centuries before Nicholas even, in the lands of the Frozen North where the Vikings lived, tales were told of how Odin, ruler of the heavens, would ride forth upon Sleipnir, his flying eight-horned, eight-legged horse. Together with a weird and wonderful host of ghosts, gods and fairies, he rode across the northern skies chasing phantom game, and woe to those who were not asleep in their beds at such times!

To placate the riders of this Wild Hunt, it was the practice of Viking children to fill their shoes or stockings with carrots and sugar for Odin’s flying horse, and place them near the chimney for easy access. The next morning, the horse treats would be gone, and in their place the delighted little ones would find a wonderful assortment of candies and small gifts.

As the Vikings spread throughout Europe, so too spread their traditions and lore, and though the gods of old were supplanted, the ancient mysteries did but adapt a bit, just enough to accommodate new rites and rituals. It is thus that the ancient grim visage of the mighty Odin merged with the slightly gentler one of Saint Nicholas to produce that jolliest of elves, Santa Claus, his eight reindeer replacing the eight-horned, eight legged Sleipnir, who to this day rides through the heavens, now to honor Christmas.

So do the older gods graciously make way for the New, and, bowing their heads, live forever.

Merry Christmas!

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"If you had to make a list of all the good things in the world, books would be right up there near the top."
—Andy Rooney (1919-2011)

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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