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We BUY, SELL & TRADE your paperback and hardcover books!
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

As more and more businesses go under in this terrible economy, and as more readers these days are turning to E-books, Book Again is struggling to survive. With your understanding and support we are hoping to turn this around.

Over the past 25 years we have maintained a healthy balance between our cash sales and our Trade/Credit system. While our Trade/Credit sales have remained strong, our cash sales have dropped over the past 2 years. It's these cash sales which pay the bills, and the current number of cash sales is simply not enough to keep the store open for much longer.

To rectify this, we will be changing our policy towards Trade/Credit sales. As of September 1st, 20% of each sale from your trade-credit account will need to be paid for in cash (with the remaining 80% taken from your trade-credit account). Please look for the flyer on our counter which explains this change in greater detail and we will be available to answer your questions and concerns. If we continue to work together we can look forward to another 25 years.


From the Editor:
  • General Paperback Mysteries, Westerns and recent Fiction (in good condition)
Young Adult Readers
By Diana

One of the advantages of working in a bookstore is the opportunity of being exposed to books in genres you typically might not have considered. Recently some Young Adult titles have caught my eye:

Night by Elie Wiesel (Memoir). The horror of the holocaust and the genocide campaign that consumed his family.

All Quiet On The Western Front by Eric Marie Remarque. Probably the most famous anit-war novel ever written. Told by a young "unknown soldier" in the trenches of Flanders during the first World War.

On the lighter side: The Name Of This Book is Secret by Pseudomymous Bosch (ages 9-12). Adventures of two children investigating the mysterious death of Pietro Bergamo (who is not really dead).

The Thief by Megan Walen Turner (Young Adult) A king orders a young thief (who claims to be able to steal anything) to carry out a near-impossible heist under threat of death.

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Grandma's Meatballs
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 each onion & green pepper
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/3 C bread crumbs
  • 1/3 C parmesan cheese
  • 3 T parsley
  • S & P to taste

Sprinkle oil over top (enough to moisten) and knead.
Grind garlic, onion, bell pepper, parsley.
Add egg, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and oil
Brown in oil, and add to spaghetti sauce to further cook and absorb tasty sauce flavor. Be careful to stir sauce slowly and carefully so that meatballs don’t break up.
Makes 20 meatballs.

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And so we enter into most interesting times, dear friends. It seems that Book Again is fighting for its life, as no one with actual cash to spend seems to need used books anymore. Why should they? I'm sure it is far less trouble to order a couple of electronic books, and have a reading experience that, while not quite what you and I enjoy, is nevertheless far better suited, I'm sure, to these fast paced times in which we live.

As for myself, I am so old fashioned, I don't even text on the freeway. Can you imagine? I am so old fashioned that I actually use phones for talking. I have even been known to see movies in actual theaters.

Nevertheless, fogy that I am, I recognize that books are clearly becoming a thing of the past, and book lovers an anachronism that must be tolerated with amusement until they fade away. The idea of reading for enjoyment is certainly outdated -- who has that kind of time to waste? Besides, if one is really forced to read anything, it's really so much easier to scan quickly through the thing if you can do it electronically. Who wants to sit around cuddled next to a window, bidding time to stop and the real world to fade away, as you drift happily into a time and world of your own choosing...

Ahem, sorry, must have drifted off there -- no, books are just too old-fashioned, too much trouble, and it's time we woke up to that little fact. At any rate, I have no more time for such trivialities -- I have a Halloween column to do.

Ah, dear, dear Halloween, here is something tangible -- much better than those books... Here you can dress up as the Headless Horseman, galloping through the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in search of --

Pardon me? I got that from a book, you say? Oh, yes, of course, Washington Irving introduced that ghost in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", one of the first American short stories. (Irving really is the father of the American short story, with all due respect to the slightly later Edgar Allan Poe, who -- oh dear, I suppose we owe a bit of the Halloween mythos to him as well. Bother.)

Well, never mind. We will just find a local Haunted House and --

Pardon me? You say Irving actually wrote probably the first story titled "The Haunted House"? I had no idea.

Very well, let's forget about these pesky Americans for a moment. Here, let's find a truly classic Halloween costume -- here we are: Frankenstein!

Pardon? Oh, right. A teenaged Mary Shelley, who nearly single-handedly started the horror craze of the 1800's with that novel.

Fine -- there are many others: Dracula! The Invisible Man! The Phantom of the Opera!

Pardon? Oh, of course -- Stoker, Wells, and LeRoux. Drat!

What of more modern things, then? Radio! Television! The Monkey's Paw, the Haunting, the Turn of the Screw --

Oh my friends, I am beat. I am undone. Without books, Happy Who? Certainly not Halloween -- where is Halloween without Irving's ghosts, or Hawthorne's witches, or Poe's Red Death? Where would the holiday be without Frankenstein or Dracula, the haunted dwellings of Henry James or Shirley Jackson, the ghosts that no lesser notables than Dame Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would conjure up? The first modern novel was a ghost story, "The Castle of Otranto", simultaneously creating modern supernatural fiction as well as the Gothic Novel. We have already seen how the birth of the Short Story is equally bound up with those wonderful Things that go Bump in the Night.

Every little thing that gives us the creeps, that sends shivers down our backs, that scares us into sleeplessness and leaves us itching to do the same to someone else, every graveyard groan and murderous moan owes its ancient origin, sooner or later, to a book. And not to some modern electronic imitation, but to a real book with page after page brimming with mysteries waiting to be discovered, to revel in as you curl comfortably in your favorite nook, a million years and miles away from this ever so efficient modern world.

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"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel as if you have lost a friend."
—Paul Sweeney

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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